Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauds as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama was expected to lay out a broad agenda to including attempts to address income inequality and making it easier for Americans to afford college education and child care.Getty Images

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Q: On which of the following issues do congressional Republicans and the White House stand the best chance of finding agreement this year?

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauds as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)DEMOCRATS (82 VOTES)

Trade: 40%An Authorization for the Use of Military Force: 37%Cybersecurity: 10%Iran sanctions: 5%Tax reform: 4%An appropriations package: 2%The budget: 2%

Trade

"Trade is always the most natural cost-free compromise for Republicans with a Democratic president."

"The White House and the Republicans already agree on Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The question is whether enough Democrats will come along; the answer is probably yes."

"TPP is the ONLY completed product of this Congress."

An Authorization for the Use of Military Force

"Sadly, the best chance for agreement between Democrats and Republicans is war."

"The only chance of getting around the partisan wars in Congress is a bipartisan war with terrorists."

"A vote against fighting ISIS would be a political liability."

Cybersecurity

"A no-brainer. Easy to rally around the Sony banner."

"Many of these might happen, but cybersecurity will happen."

Iran sanctions

"Because nobody knows what it is, and few who do care—what a great issue upon which to agree for the defenders of mediocrity and government failure."

Tax reform

"Both sides win on this one."

Q: On which of the following issues do congressional Republicans and the White House stand the best chance of finding agreement this year?

REPUBLICANS (91 VOTES)

Trade: 40%An Authorization for the Use of Military Force: 36%Cybersecurity: 14%An appropriations package: 6%Tax reform: 2%The budget: 1%Iran sanctions: 1%

Trade

"Republicans saved NAFTA and will do the same for TPA."

"If Obama will actually do a full-court press on his fellow Democrats. Not sure he can or will."

"Labor is too weak to stop it."

"Perhaps the only chance for POTUS to stare down his own party on a meaningful issue."

An Authorization for the Use of Military Force

"There are 'must do' lists and there are 'should do' lists. Military force against ISIS is a must."

"A time-tested strategy: Unite against a common enemy."

"That's about the ONLY area where Obama and the GOP see eye to eye."

"They will get agreements on more items than cynics predict, but the AUMF enjoys the most bipartisan support early on."

"We're already using military force against ISIS, and some event will come along that will make it hard for both sides to oppose authorization."

Cybersecurity

"President Obama and Republicans could find themselves on the same side of a number of these issues, but cybersecurity is the one that has the most urgency behind it, and the most potential for bipartisan problem-solving."

An appropriations package

"The bare minimum to keep the government running."

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Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

Q: On which of the following issues do congressional Republicans and the White House stand the best chance of finding agreement this year?

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauds as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)DEMOCRATS (82 VOTES)

Trade: 40%An Authorization for the Use of Military Force: 37%Cybersecurity: 10%Iran sanctions: 5%Tax reform: 4%An appropriations package: 2%The budget: 2%

Trade

"Trade is always the most natural cost-free compromise for Republicans with a Democratic president."

"The White House and the Republicans already agree on Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The question is whether enough Democrats will come along; the answer is probably yes."

"TPP is the ONLY completed product of this Congress."

An Authorization for the Use of Military Force

"Sadly, the best chance for agreement between Democrats and Republicans is war."

"The only chance of getting around the partisan wars in Congress is a bipartisan war with terrorists."

"A vote against fighting ISIS would be a political liability."

Cybersecurity

"A no-brainer. Easy to rally around the Sony banner."

"Many of these might happen, but cybersecurity will happen."

Iran sanctions

"Because nobody knows what it is, and few who do care—what a great issue upon which to agree for the defenders of mediocrity and government failure."

Tax reform

"Both sides win on this one."

Q: On which of the following issues do congressional Republicans and the White House stand the best chance of finding agreement this year?

REPUBLICANS (91 VOTES)

Trade: 40%An Authorization for the Use of Military Force: 36%Cybersecurity: 14%An appropriations package: 6%Tax reform: 2%The budget: 1%Iran sanctions: 1%

Trade

"Republicans saved NAFTA and will do the same for TPA."

"If Obama will actually do a full-court press on his fellow Democrats. Not sure he can or will."

"Labor is too weak to stop it."

"Perhaps the only chance for POTUS to stare down his own party on a meaningful issue."

An Authorization for the Use of Military Force

"There are 'must do' lists and there are 'should do' lists. Military force against ISIS is a must."

"A time-tested strategy: Unite against a common enemy."

"That's about the ONLY area where Obama and the GOP see eye to eye."

"They will get agreements on more items than cynics predict, but the AUMF enjoys the most bipartisan support early on."

"We're already using military force against ISIS, and some event will come along that will make it hard for both sides to oppose authorization."

Cybersecurity

"President Obama and Republicans could find themselves on the same side of a number of these issues, but cybersecurity is the one that has the most urgency behind it, and the most potential for bipartisan problem-solving."

An appropriations package

"The bare minimum to keep the government running."

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

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