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McConnell Says Health Care Overhaul Will Drive November Elections

by Gabe BullardU.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says the health care overhaul will be the top campaign issue for his party this November.The president has called on Congress to vote up or down on Democratic-led overhaul plan.  McConnell opposes the legislation, but says GOP candidates for Congress across the country could benefit from it."It would be my prediction that if this thing passes, it will be the issue in virtually every House and Senate race in the country this November and I expect most of the Republican candidates are going to be saying, 'Vote for me and I'll repeal it,'" he says.McConnell says strong campaigning against Democratic incumbents in Congress will be crucial for Republican candidates. That follows reports that the National Republican Congressional Committee is experiencing a lag in fundraising.

Gabe Bullard is the director of news and editorial strategy.