Weathering The Storm
POSTED: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 9:18am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 8:49am
Despite poor economic news, some incumbents survive tough primary challenges.
"Thank you, again, for your support and encouragement," said John McCain after he won the Republican Senate Primary in Arizona.
Called not conservative enough by his challenger, the best-known incumbent hung on.
"We will keep families in their homes, we will create new jobs," said McCain.
However, a Tea Party Republican won the Senate Primary in Florida.
Florida Senate Primary Winner Mark Rubio said, "If you like the direction that Washington is taking us, I am not your candidate."
As voters went to polls, sales of existing homes were reported down 27 percent…terrible economic news.
House Republican Leader John Boehner blamed Democrats.
He demanded President Obama fire Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.
"It's time to put grown-ups in charge," said Boehner.
It is not time, said the Republican, to hike taxes on the wealthy.
Vice President Biden took on Boehner saying, "He has created a myth that tax cuts for millionaires actually cut taxes for small business."
In the new Reuters polls, only 45% approved of President Obama on the economy.
But, as Congressman Kendrick Meek won Florida's Democratic Senate Primary, he credited his party's leader.
"I want to thank President Obama for helping me with this victory," said Meek.
Washington insiders, from both parties, are winning primaries despite the bad economic news.