John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 6:05am for another edition of “Fridays With Fugelsang”
Democrats gained more breathing room in the Senate with the victory of Washington U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, whose fourth term was secured after a three-day vote count. Murray’s win over Republican Dino Rossi was confirmed Thursday.
Two days after Republicans scored some victories in congressional elections, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday offered an aggressive assessment of the results, calling for votes to erode the reach of the health care law that was a signature of the Obama administration.
For all the talk of the Tea Party’s strength – and there will certainly be a significant number of their candidates in Congress – just 32% of all Tea Party candidates who ran for Congress won and 61.4% lost this election. A few races remain too close to call.
President Barack Obama heads to India on Friday to launch a 10-day Asian trip intended to expand export markets and strengthen security cooperation in what he considers a region vital to U.S. interests. The trip to India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan encompasses a G-20 summit and an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.