Republican Pollster: "Giver How Sour The Economy Is And Given How Sour Some Of The Leading Economic Indicators Have Gone...I Think It Speaks To The President's Strengths That His Approval Ratings Are Still Up There." Gannett reported that, "'Given how sour the economy is and given how sour some of the leading economic indicators have gone, and how sour many Americans feel about their own personal well-being and the depletion of their personal portfolios, they haven't shot the messenger yet,' said Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway. 'I think it speaks to the president's strengths that his approval ratings are still up there.'" [Gannett, 8/31/01]
Republicans "Downplayed Any Larger Symbolism In The Races, Insisting They Represented 'Personal Triumphs,"...But Were Not a Repudiation Of Bush Or Republican Policies." CQ reported that, "Republicans 'downplayed any larger symbolism in the races, insisting they represented "personal triumphs" for Mark Warner in Virginia and James E. McGreevey in New Jersey, but were not a repudiation of Bush or Republican policies.'" [CQ, 11/7/01]
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