During a tense interview with NPR, Karl Rove defended his claim that the GOP will hold onto both houses of Congress and accused host Robert Siegel of bias.
Citing spending and contribution reports, Rove said, “at the end of August, in 30 of the most competitive races in the country—the House races—the Republicans had $33 million cash on hand and Democrats had just over $14 million.”
The money, Rove says, will be used for advertising, as well as to coordinate volunteers, the grass-roots workers who get voters to the polls.
And despite recent reports and polls that show a voting public fatigued by the direction of the war in Iraq, Rove thinks the midterm elections will be decided on other issues, too.
“I think Iraq and the economy play a role in virtually every race,” Rove says. “But there are also local considerations in the local contest between two individuals, that at the end of the day matters for a great deal of the contest.”