Pressured On Poverty Programs, GOP Divided On Defense

wochit politics
January 07, 2014 AT 12:47 PM
President Obama and his party are pursuing a new strategy to force the GOP into a debate on popular antipoverty programs, beginning with this week’s focus on the extension of long-term unemployment benefits. It’s a plan designed to frame this year’s midterm elections in populist terms – an approach that Democrats believe will exploit a central GOP vulnerability with voters. Republicans – for the first time in a while – are now trying to find an effective defense.