President Barack Obama opened this year’s congressional election season with a State of the Union message centered on economic inequalities, a theme harder to sustain in scattered House and Senate contests.
House Republican leaders will revive the U.S. immigration debate, which has divided the party and hurt their standing among Latino voters, with a set of principles to frame legislation heading into an election year.
Republicans are intensifying their efforts to recruit more Hispanics into their elected ranks across the country as they push to rebuild the national party and revamp their brand after losses at the polls in 2012.
The presidential candidates curtailed campaigning to await Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, as President Barack Obama said the “the election will take care of itself next week” and the priority must be to prepare for and respond to the storm.
Governor Chris Christie buttressed his profile as a different kind of Republican with potentially broad appeal in a race for the White House by ending a legal effort to stop same-sex marriages in New Jersey.