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Midterm Election battle heats up

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The biggest conservative political heavyweights are spending time with their biggest fans this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, MD., giving big-name Republicans a platform to spread their conservative message and gain support just in time for the 2014 midterm elections.

The most conservative Republicans are pulling out all the stops, schmoozing with their devoted party faithful and rallying to keep Republicans in control of the U.S. House of Representatives this November.

"I'm really ready for it and it is exciting," said Republican Congressman Mike Kelly (PA).

Kelly is not facing a Republican opponent in the primary, but he said no matter who he faces in November, he is ready for the race.

"I don't think that you have to worry about anyone running against you. You have to make sure you're running for the right reasons. I think from the first day, I said I'm not going to bring Washington's ideas to Western Pennsylvania, I'm going to take Pennsylvania's ideas to Washington," Kelly said.

Republicans at CPAC are also rooting for Congressman Glenn Thompson (PA) who is not facing a Republican primary challenger either.

However, both incumbent Republicans will square off in November against the winner of the Democratic primary.

As republicans exert their power at the CPAC meeting, the president is pushing his electoral position through his new budget priorities, hoping to regain majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

These meetings are as overt as they come, but most of the politicking happens behind the scenes.

 

Inside the headquarters of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the communications director slams some of the Republicans running for House seats, saying that the Democratic party is the people's party.

"2014 is going to be a big year," said Emily Bittner. "I think at the end of the day, the question that Americans are going to ask themselves is who is on my side, who has my back. I think that's going to be the Democrat."

And the national press secretary of the National Republican Campaign Committee said the Grand Old Party will be focusing on one big issue.

"We believe this election is really about Obamacare," said Daniel Scarpinato. "Pretty much every Dem (sic) in the country who is running for re-election who supports Obamacare or even voted for Obamacare, we are going to be highlighting that. It's going to be a big part of the 2014 campaign."

Since midterms are smaller than presidential races, the strategy is all about reaching a party's core voters.

That is exactly what Republicans are at the CPAC meeting, and what voters can expect to see happening on the ground leading up to Pennsylvania's primary.

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