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Oklahoma Voices: US Rep. Tom Cole Offers His Election Season Analysis and Predictions (Feb 02, 2008)
In advance of Super Tuesday, when Oklahomans and residents of twenty-three other states head to the polls to vote in the Presidential primaries, we’re airing these remarks Fourth District Congressman Tom Cole made last November at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism. Cole says the American electorate is in the mood for fundamental change, and as the fourth-ranking Republican in the U.S. House and Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee – charged with electing Republicans to Congress -- his comments carry a certain weight.

“The Presidential election, I predict today, is going to be the most intense and one of the closest in the last couple of generations,” he said, “because the country remains on most fundamental issues, very, very evenly divided between the two parties.” Speaking before student journalists, he noted this is the first time in his life that he’s been unable to point to the most viable Republican nominee. On the Democratic side, however, he predicted Hillary Clinton will win her party’s nomination, and he called her “the most conservative Democrat running for President.” Looking ahead to November, he forecast that the GOP will fare well in Congress. “Republicans can lose the Presidency, lose seats in the Senate and still gain ground in the House,” he said. “The table is set for that as one of the potential outcomes.”

WEB EXTRAS:
Get background information including biographies, voting records and lists of where the candidates stand on a variety of issues by visiting the website of Project Vote Smart

The St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly have created a new, online service called PolitiFact.com, which features a "Truth-O-Meter" that scores the truthfulness of specific claims by the presidential candidates


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