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FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: What Americans really told Democrats and Republicans on election night 2022

Despite President Joe Biden’s fear tactics about the future of democracy, the results of the 2022 midterm election make one thing clear: the United States of America is a patriotic country that’s grounded in liberty -- but more divided than ever. 

Voters were fed up enough with Biden’s reckless agenda -- that single-handedly created an inflation crisis, crime crisis, and border crisis in less than two years -- to give House Republicans the inside track on recapturing the majority in the U.S. House.

The new GOP majority in the House will be a slim one, probably similar in number to the Democrat majority currently held by outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Congressional Republicans certainly built on their success from the 2020 campaign when they picked up 14 seats, just not in the dramatic fashion that some were predicting. Now is a good time for the GOP to have a frank conversation about leadership and commit to refocus on important issues that energize voters.

In the first post-COVID-19 pandemic election, voters largely said no thank you to big government lockdowns, left-wing defund police efforts, and the anti-American critical race theory being taught in schools.

Americans stated in no uncertain terms that they prefer their beloved constitutional republic as it was before the coronavirus. Look no further than pro-freedom Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stunning 19 percentage point landslide victory which slams the door closed on Florida’s status as a quintessential battleground state. It’s truly a new day in the Sunshine State when you consider that Gov. DeSantis won Miami-Dade County in such an amazing fashion.

It's also worth noting that radical leftists Stacey Abrams and Beto O’Rourke were trounced in their comeback bids for governor in Georgia and Texas as well. These two Charlie Crist-like perennial candidates -- both creations of the liberal media -- proved once again that they’re way too far outside the mainstream to win at the statewide level.

That being said, don’t look for this trend to stop anytime soon. Today’s Democrats are hopelessly arrogant and out of touch, and will almost certainly double down on nominating radicals for high office -- with the assistance of their allies in the mainstream media.

With the GOP projected to win back control of the U.S. House and potentially wind up with 51 seats in the U.S. Senate, it sends an unmistakable signal that Americans wanted a change in direction but the overall results had little in common with the massive Republican victories in the 1994 and 2010 midterm elections. However, the 2022 campaign did feature another Democrat president and Congress lurching too far left and voters turning out successfully to stop them in their tracks.

Throughout the chaos and uncertainty of the past two years, Americans caught a glimpse of what socialism looks like under total Democrat control in Washington and they decided to make a course correction.

Our systems of checks and balances once again came to the rescue; the weak and tone-deaf leadership team of Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer bowed to the radical left at every turn and as a result drove America into a ditch.

The political pendulum swung back to the right in 2022 -- albeit slightly -- because the modern Democratic Party became radicalized before our eyes. Democrats are more concerned about pursuing a far-off agenda of left-wing globalist elites than helping the hardworking forgotten men and women here in America.

Much to the chagrin of the Washington establishment, the performance of Trump-fueled candidates for U.S Senate had a good showing. The false narrative that America first citizen-politicians couldn’t compete in general elections was off base.

As of this writing, Ted Budd (NC) and JD Vance (OH) prevailed convincingly; and Herschel Walker (Georgia) exceeded expectations and will head to a December run-off against incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock -- this time without a third party candidate on the ballot taking votes from him. And perhaps most importantly, Adam Laxalt -- the Trump-endorsed candidate in Nevada -- is positioned to potentially knock off Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, thus guaranteeing there will be at least 50 Republican Senators in the next session of Congress.

The Senate race in Arizona between Republican Blake Masters and Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly currently has Kelly leading, but it’s still too early to call.

The mainstream media is hyper-focused on Dr. Mehmet Oz’s loss in their attacks on President Trump’s slate of endorsed Senate candidates. But they conveniently ignore that Democrats nominated failed radical candidates like Cheri Beasley in North Carolina, Val Demings in Florida and Mandela Barnes in Wisconsin in winnable battleground state races.

The fact that we’re even talking about the GOP picking up a seat or breaking even in the U.S. Senate this year when you consider how tough the map was for Republicans this cycle is a story that’s being missed.

One of the biggest losers of the night was RINO Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, who failed in his dream to unseat his principled conservative colleague in the U.S. Senate, Mike Lee. Utah’s senior senator won re-election easily with at least 55% of this vote, despite Romney’s loony decision not to endorse Lee in the race.

The American people have spoken and they have decided to send an even more divided Congress to Washington to represent them. Their message is similar to the one sent in 2020: unite, seek compromise, and get to work solving problems for the American people.

Thankfully, Congress will no longer be a rubber stamp for the radical Biden agenda and that’s a huge win for America. Maybe President Biden will change course like Bill Clinton did in 1995 and try to fix some of the mess he created.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”

FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: Midterm election choice clear: Vote Republican to stop failed Biden agenda and save America

So endeth the lecture! Election Day can’t come soon enough so the American people can stop being told by Joe Biden what he’s thinks should be important to them. 

From his divisive speech in Philadelphia in September – where Biden labeled half the country a threat to democracy – to the pathetic encore at Union Station recently, President Biden is just trying to change the subject from the out-of-control inflation he created.

One of the main issues that propelled political outsider Donald Trump to the presidency was the realization by tens of millions of Americans that the Obama-Biden administration and out-of-touch politicians in Congress had stopped listening to them. Hardworking taxpayers who were playing by the rules – the forgotten men and women in America – felt that the elites in the Washington establishment had grown hopelessly tone deaf and were no longer focused on their problems, but rather on the agenda of left-wing globalists.

President Trump, the agent of change came, to the Oval Office to enact an America First agenda that produced unprecedented economic prosperity at home and peace abroad with a no-nonsense style of governing. Then, as the 2020 presidential campaign was about to take off, COVID-19 shut our thriving country down and changed everything.

The controversial Trump-Biden election was decided by only 42,000 votes in three states. Joe Biden assumed the presidency with no mandate; in fact, Democrats lost 14 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The American people made it clear that Biden was in office not to upend the successful Trump agenda, but to unite our country and compromise with Republicans in a narrowly divided Congress.

But that’s not what happened.

Entrenched career politicians Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., immediately reverted to old form by ignoring the will of the American people. These Democrat fossils could never come to grips with the fact that America is a center-right country.

Americans favor liberty, low taxes and limited government; they stand with our heroic police and for law and order; they support legal immigration and public schools that teach children to love their country; and they want a competent foreign policy guided by a peace through strength approach. Today’s socialist Democrats stand firmly against these tried and tested commonsense positions.

Biden, Pelosi and Schumer made a conscious decision to team up with the radical left, which brought chaos and malaise to our country. As we were coming out of the pandemic, Biden and congressional Democrats abused power and overheated the system with trillions upon trillions in irresponsible federal spending instead of allowing the economy to rebound naturally. Now Americans are struggling to make ends meet due to the high cost of gas, food and every other staples that families need to survive.

But these reckless Democrats didn’t stop after creating the inflation crisis. They unilaterally opened our southern border and caused a fentanyl, human trafficking and humanitarian crisis while falsely insisting that the border is secure.

Additionally, by fanning the flames of the defund police movement and pushing for a cashless bail system, Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and other liberals paved the way for a spike in crime that has Americans feeling unsafe in their own neighborhoods. In response, some leftist politicians are calling the crime that everyone sees on their television screens every night a conspiracy theory.

To make matters worse, if these radical Democrats had their way on education, they would allow critical race theory to destroy our schools and boys would be free to compete in girls’ sports and use their restrooms.

These unhinged Democrats have made it abundantly clear why we need a system of checks and balances.

Every two years, voters get to decide if our country needs a course correction and polls are indicating that the American people are preparing to reject the disaster that total Democrat control has caused. Recent survey data indicates that only 18% believe our country is on the right track compared to 69% who believe we’re headed in the wrong direction. Biden’s approval rating is under water as well, with just 40% approving and a whopping 55% disapproving. And poll after poll shows the generic congressional ballot favoring the GOP candidate by solid margins.

If you need more evidence that the rudderless Democrats are in disarray, look no further than their primary message. Instead of putting forward a platform that aims to fix the economic, national security and public safety crises they created, Biden and the leftists are trying to distract and divide the American people with more partisan Trump investigations and by labeling people that don’t agree with them a threat to democracy. It’s not going to work this time because the American people need serious solutions, not another smokescreen.

Under Biden, Democrats have cemented themselves as the party of the failed Washington status quo and Republicans have become the party of innovation and reform. Republicans have a plan to lower gas prices by unleashing America’s vast domestic energy resources instead of relying on Saudi Arabia. Republicans will prioritize securing our border to stop fentanyl from killing our citizens. Republicans will advance a smart policy that gives parents more control over their children’s education. And perhaps most importantly, Republicans want to return to Trumpian pre-pandemic pro-growth economic policies as opposed to Biden’s plan to hire 87,000 more IRS agents.

Unbelievably, Biden’s arrogant and deceitful closing message to voters appears to be, "Who do you believe, me or your lyin’ eyes?" As Election Day approaches, one side is offering a plan to fix problems, while the other is poised to double down on the socialist policies that got us into this mess.

The choice is clear – elect Republicans up and down the ballot to stop the failed Biden agenda and save America.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”

WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: Mark Zuckerberg learns the hard way that politics is a full-contact sport

They say that politics is a full-contact sport, and it looks like Facebook and its parent company, Meta, are paying a big price for Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to wade into the 2020 election.

Americans were shocked to learned last week that Meta shares dropped an astonishing 25% after a quarterly report became public indicating that the company’s profits plummeted by a jaw-dropping 52%. And to make matters worse for Meta, its fourth-quarter outlook is looking just as gloomy — which will close out a year that’s already seen shares nosedive 61%. This news not only has people wondering where the bottom is for Meta but also what in the world caused this slow moving train wreck to happen in the first place.

Over the past two years, Mr. Zuckerberg’s infamous $400 million spending spree in the 2020 election has received a lot of scrutiny. Citizens United’s documentary “Rigged: The Zuckerberg Funded Plot to Defeat Donald Trump” shows how Mr. Zuckerberg put his thumb on the scale to help then-candidate Joe Biden win the White House by funding what turned out to be a massive get-out-the-vote effort by Democrats in key areas around the country. Our analysis found that 92% of the largest grants — totaling $272 million —went to jurisdictions carried by President Biden.

This unprecedented amount of money was distributed by left-wing operatives not only to critical battleground states and counties, but also to heavily populated deep blue areas in order to supercharge Mr. Biden’s popular vote tally.

Mr. Zuckerberg’s team insisted until they were blue in the face that the operation was nonpartisan — even though Obama campaign manager David Plouffe was strategist in residence. However, once IRS reports became public and the money could be tracked, the lie no longer held up. Due to the hard work of many Americans around the country who have dedicated themselves to the cause of election integrity, 28 state legislatures have banned or restricted the practice of injecting private money — or “Zuckbucks,” as it has become known — into the administration of our elections.

Mr. Zuckerberg’s involvement in the 2020 election ended up backfiring horribly. By choosing to ingratiate himself with the woke left out of fear of cancel culture, Mr. Zuckerberg ended up offending 74 million Trump voters — many of whom are Facebook users and advertisers. But it wasn’t just Mr. Zuckerberg’s money helping Mr. Biden that outraged Trump voters. It was also his judgment.

Facebook’s outrageous decision to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story by falsely labeling it Russian disinformation after being tipped off by the FBI was a bridge too far. This highly targeted election interference could have very well been the difference maker in a presidential election that was decided by just 42,000 votes in three states.

Does Mr. Zuckerberg’s foray into politics during the 2020 presidential election campaign figure into Meta’s current flirtation with disaster? Of course it does. After the Supreme Court’s 2010 landmark decision for free speech in Citizens United, everyone on the left from President Barack Obama on down predicted that big corporations were going to buy our elections with untold millions of dollars and drown out the voices of everyday Americans. To this day, these dire warnings haven’t materialized for what I believe are obvious reasons. Corporate CEOs rightly prioritize profits over politics; making political expenditures is an easy way to alienate board members, upset employees and lose customers. Mr. Zuckerberg should have been paying much closer attention to how his money was being spent.

Shortly after “Rigged” was released and the Zuckbucks controversy was coming to a head, Mr. Zuckerberg announced that he wouldn’t participate in similar efforts in future elections. While this startling admission was a huge victory for Trump voters and the conservative movement, for Mr. Zuckerberg, this was just a business decision, plain and simple. Mr. Zuckerberg calculated that throwing up his hands in an attempt to stop the bleeding was the best course of action. It may have been too little, too late.

Ironically, helping propel Mr. Biden to the White House has caused economic pain for everyone — including Mr. Zuckerberg. Not only has his enormous net worth been decimated, Meta’s advertising revenue is also taking a big hit. Mr. Zuckerberg’s election spending, along with Facebook’s Orwellian censorship and the serious ongoing concerns about privacy, personal data, and the adverse impact that social media content is having on our kids may amount to a perfect storm that’s impossible to weather in the long run.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and served as deputy campaign manager of Donald J. Trump for President.

FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: 7 Biden-Harris quotes that will come back to haunt them in midterm elections

Over the past two years, Americans have watched the Democrat Party and their allies on the left become radicalized right before their eyes. 

Whether it was the Defund the Police movement, the economy-killing Green New Deal, the insane open border policy, or the brutally divisive rhetoric, time and time again President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have done the bidding of radical far left-wing forces that have a vice grip on today’s Democrats.

Now, less than three weeks before the 2022 midterm elections and with Democratic prospects for holding onto their razor-thin majorities in Congress grimmer than ever, polls are indicating that Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and their comrades on the left are about to face their day of reckoning.

When it was time to stand soberly with police, Democrats fanned the flames of chaos and the failed concept of "reimagining" policing. When it was time to rebuild our economy in a responsible manner after the COVID-19 lockdowns, Democrats spent taxpayer dollars like drunken sailors and caused an inflation crisis that now has no end in sight. And when they didn't get their way trying to enact their socialist wish list, never forget that Democrats threatened to pack the U.S. Supreme Court with like-minded radicals.

During the Democrats’ transition to radicalization, various statements, speeches and comments were made along the way that Biden, Harris and the left are going to regret come Election Day. Here are seven of the most infamous examples that hopefully help pave the way for a convincing Democrat defeat come Nov. 8.

1. Joe Biden: "Talking inflation – the overwhelming consensus is it’s going to pop up a little bit and then go back down."

The inflation crisis that we’re all struggling mightily with is manmade and the man’s name is Joe Biden. The president ignored all the warnings and signed into law trillions upon trillions in new federal spending when our economy was already overheating - just to appease the radical left. Now, it could take years and a devastating economic recession before we’re able to climb out of the hole that this president and the Pelosi-Schumer Congress have put us all in.

2. Kamala Harris: "For far too long the status quo thinking has been to believe that by putting more police on the street you're going to have more safety. And that's just wrong, that's not how it works."

In the wake of George Floyd’s horrible death, when riots were happening all over the country, Biden and Harris picked up the mantle of the radical left instead of calling for law and order. At a time when it was important for cooler heads to prevail, Biden supported redirecting police funding and Harris even helped bail rioters out of jail. Now, America is in the throes of a crime crisis and people don’t feel safe in their own neighborhoods. The bottom line is that police are now far less respected because of the actions of the leftist "squad" and the defund the police movement. The vast majority of Americans believe the fundamental truth that police have a dangerous job keeping us safe and that they should be thanked rather than insulted – something Harris doesn’t understand.

3. Joe Biden: "We do not ask any nation to choose between the United States or any other partner."

At a time of great uncertainty around the world, words of moral equivalency by an American president speaking before the United Nations General Assembly are as weak as they are dangerous. Our allies as well as our enemies need to hear that what Russia is doing in Ukraine is mass murder, what China is doing to the Uyghurs is genocide, and what Iran is doing to women is barbaric. Creating a woke military while projecting weakness abroad is terrible policy and makes the world a more dangerous place.

4. Kamala Harris: "We have a secure border."

These are the words of a career politician – our so-called "Border Czar" – who thinks everyday Americans are stupid. Ever since Biden sent pro-amnesty signals during the campaign and signed his irresponsible executive orders the moment he got into the Oval Office, the American people have been watching our wide open southern border on television. The result has been a humanitarian crisis, a national security crisis, a human trafficking crisis, and a deadly fentanyl crisis that is killing Americans at an alarming rate.

5. Joe Biden: "This is Jim Crow on steroids what they’re doing in Georgia and 40 other states."

Biden repeated variations of this lie for months in his divisive attacks against Republican governors and legislatures that passed legislation to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat in their states’ elections. Instead of actually reading the bills, Biden repeated the left’s hate-filled talking points by comparing tens of millions Americans to segregationists. When Biden asked, "Do you want to be the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor?" he turned out to be way off base because voter turnout is continuing to increase across our country – even in Georgia – the target of the left’s dishonest vitriol.

6. Joe Biden: "The Justice Department in my administration will be totally independent of me."

Since Biden took office, Attorney General Merrick Garland has ordered an unprecedented raid of the home of Biden’s possible 2024 political opponent, targeted parents who dared speak out at school board meetings about critical race theory, and refused to appoint an impartial special counsel to investigate the president’s son Hunter Biden, despite the obvious need to do so. The Biden Department of Justice is setting a horrible precedent because their actions are having a corrosive effect at all levels of government that will take decades to unwind. Look no further than the politicized investigations in New York state and Fulton County, Georgia.

7. Joe Biden: "MAGA Republicans look at America and see carnage and darkness and despair."

"Unity is the path forward," Biden said in his inaugural address when he pledged to bring our divided nation together. But just a year and a half later, Biden did the exact opposite when he delivered a prime time address to essentially label 74 million Americans a threat to democracy. Sadly, since taking office, Biden has repeatedly chosen to be the champion of the radical left instead of the moderate statesman he promised to be.

The radicalization of the Democrat Party has had a devastating effect on our economy, safety and security, and it’s time for a change in leadership. Never forget that when it mattered most, the Democrats caved to the radical left time and time again instead of governing responsibly for all the American people.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”

FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: Pennsylvania Senate debate: Fetterman vs. Oz – 5 top takeaways

On November 8th, voters in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will have a big say in the future direction of our country in the tumultuous and important times that we live in. Indeed, it’s not sensationalism to say that the stakes in Tuesday night’s lone U.S. Senate debate in the Keystone State could not have been higher. 

If Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz becomes the 51st vote in the Senate, he will serve as the much-needed check on the reckless socialist Biden agenda that has paved the way for explosive inflation, open borders, and high crime.

On the other hand, if Democrat Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is the Senate’s 51st vote, economy-killing Green New Deal measures and a host of other woke legislative priorities would no longer hinge on the votes of Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., in order to pass the Senate.

The critically important Oz-Fetterman match-up featured two candidates who couldn’t be more different in appearance or in how they would vote in the Senate.

Oz, the retired surgeon and former television personality is a first time political outsider who would vote in favor of the pro-growth America first agenda of low taxes and less regulation, border security, and law and order.

By contrast, Fetterman the hooded-sweatshirt wearing career politician, would vote in the tradition of Vermont’s socialist Senator Bernie Sanders -- whom he endorsed for president in 2016 -- for a massive expansion of government and spending, amnesty for illegal immigrants and a soft on crime approach that has been the hallmark of his tenure in public office.

Although Fetterman has been leading in the polls throughout the summer, the race has been tightening with each passing day and now stands well within the margin of error.

Oz’ momentum is due not only to Fetterman’s vocal opposition to fracking, as recently as 2018 and his ardent support for releasing violent criminals from prison early and cashless bail, but also because of unresolved questions about whether the stroke he suffered in May will make it difficult for him to adequately discharge the duties of his office at a very trying time for our country.

After watching Tuesday night’s one-hour debate, here are the five most important takeaways.

1. Fetterman Did Not Pass the Test to Hold a Vital Seat in the U.S. Senate

Due in large part to the lack of transparency about his health and his shaky efforts on the campaign trail, all eyes were rightly on Fetterman Tuesday night. His halting and unconvincing performance in the debate makes clear that he still has a long way to go in his rehabilitation.

This is the brutally unfortunate reality of having a stroke -- there are a multitude of unknowns when it comes to the recovery process.

Fetterman needed a Teleprompter to read Tuesday night’s questions because he’s having trouble comprehending spoken questions.

In essence, Fetterman is applying for a six-year-long job in the most famous debating society in the world. His stroke makes things more difficult.

Pennsylvanians deserve a senator who can be a strong advocate for their constituents, but it’s virtually impossible to negotiate good deals for your state if you can’t fully engage in the rough and tumble and give and take of the political arena.

2. Biden's Underwater Approval Rating is the Elephant in the Room

President Biden’s approval rating in Pennsylvania currently stands at 44 percent approve and 54 percent disapprove.

Nationally, just 26 percent believe that America is on the right track compared to a whopping 67 percent who believe we’re headed in the wrong direction.

No matter how hard he tries to avoid it, Fetterman can’t escape the fact that if he’s elected, he will vote in favor of the failed left-wing Biden agenda.

Look no further than Pennsylvania's Senior Senator Bob Casey, who Fetterman said he would align himself with in Washington. Well, Sen. Casey has voted with Joe Biden over 98 percent of the time – including votes that created our ongoing inflation nightmare. Another Biden rubber stamp is the last thing Pennsylvania and our country needs right now.

3. Fetterman's Health Matters, But His Record on Crime Matters Even More

As Dr. Oz wrote in a recent FoxNews.com op-ed, "The rise in violent crime has to stop, but far-left radical extremists like my opponent, John Fetterman, would make it worse by putting criminals ahead of victims and law-abiding citizens."

To discover that Democrat Lt. Gov. Fetterman is way outside the mainstream on matters of public safety doesn’t require a very deep dive.

Throughout his career, Fetterman seems to have relished in taking the ultra-progressive position on criminal justice reform -- much of which has paved the way for the current spike in crime that is causing so much pain and suffering in Pennsylvania and across our country.

If you repeat over and over again that you want to release one-third of your state’s prison population, as Fetterman has, maybe you can’t be trusted to keep people safe.

4. Fetterman Can't Be Trusted to Make America Energy Independent or Support Fracking Jobs in Pennsylvania

In 2018, just four short years ago, Fetterman proudly said he didn’t support fracking and never had. Now, Fetterman claims he supports fracking – an industry critical to Pennsylvania’s economy.

This blatant flip-flop by a professional politician is indicative of what kind of senator Fetterman would be.

Fetterman is a liberal Democrat and liberal Democrats in Washington don’t support robust domestic energy production.

Washington Democrats want to implement the Green New Deal and phase out the fossil fuel industry. That’s a big part of the reason that gas is an exorbitant $3.92 a gallon in Pennsylvania.

5. One Short Debate Doesn't Cut it

In a race this important, for a seat in the world’s greatest deliberative body that could potentially represent the deciding vote on a range of issues both foreign and domestic, the public deserves more debates and candidate forums, not less.

The truth is that Tuesday night’s debate was more like a series of canned sound bites than a free-flowing affair that encouraged off the cuff engagement.

If you’re in search of a reason for the lack of debates in races around the country this year, look no further than the indefensible inflation, border, and crime crises that Joe Biden’s policies have created.

Fetterman’s campaign tried to lower expectations going into Tuesday night's debate, but it was too little too late.

Fetterman is a radical leftist who supports positions that are way out of the mainstream in Pennsylvania and his refusal to release his medical records only make matters worse for his candidacy.

Look for Dr. Oz’ momentum to continue to build from now until Election Day.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”

WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: Where’s the accountability in the polling industry?

Following all the polls in the run-up to Election Day has become something of a national pastime in recent years. Keeping up with the various races — who’s up and who’s down on any given day — gives us a snapshot of what might happen on Election Day.

This year, however, we’re seeing a constant and unprecedented deluge of polls in races all over the country. I believe this oversaturation is continuing a dangerous practice that we witnessed in 2016 and 2020. The sheer volume of polls being released and amplified by the biased liberal mainstream media — many that turn out to be dead wrong after the fact without any meaningful accountability — has created a new phenomenon in American politics. It’s the dark art of conducting surveys and releasing data in a strategic manner during our troublesome new monthslong voting process. It’s not done just to inform the public, but also to influence the outcome of elections.

For example, in the 2020 U.S. Senate race in Maine, the last eight public polls showed Sen. Susan Collins trailing by an average of 5.5 percentage points. On Election Day, however, Mrs. Collins was reelected by a margin of 8.6% — a 14-point discrepancy between the polls and what actually happened.

Similarly, in the Senate campaign in South Carolina the same year, four of the last six polls released to the public showed the race between Sen. Lindsay Graham and his Democratic challenger either tied or had Mr. Graham leading by a single percentage point. But at the end of the day, Mr. Graham easily prevailed 54.5% to 44.2% — essentially a landslide by today’s standards.

And who could ever forget the infamous ABC News/Washington Post poll released just over a week before Election Day 2020 that found President Donald Trump trailing candidate Joe Biden by a whopping 17 points in Wisconsin? As it turned out, Mr. Biden carried the Badger State by a razor-thin 20,000 votes out of over 3.2 million votes cast — a scant margin of 49.6% to 48.9%.

It’s difficult to quantify the precise impact of all the polls that are released and the advantage gained by releasing the data. For instance, did Sens. Collins and Graham actually win by a larger margin than expected because the polls created a sense of urgency for their supporters to get out and vote? Or did the inaccurate polling make their opponent’s campaigns artificially stronger?

That said, in the case of the Trump-Biden Wisconsin poll it’s simply a matter of common sense. If voters wake up a week before Election Day and read that their candidate is trailing by 17 points, it could very well cause them to “stay home.” I said it at the time and I’ll say it again: It was irresponsible to release this poll. To me, it was an overt political maneuver designed to suppress Mr. Trump’s vote in the critical battleground state of Wisconsin.

Once again this year, there’s mounting evidence that polls are being released to affect the upcoming election results. Questionable data swirling around on the critically important congressional generic ballot question is always ripe for speculation. In 2020, for example, the final generic ballot average of polls showed a +7 advantage for House Democrats, even though Republicans ended up picking up 14 seats in Congress. And as we approach Election Day this time around, I remain skeptical of some of the methodologies that are being used.

Five recent polls have come out showing the Republicans averaging nearly a 5% advantage on the generic ballot question. If a D+7 advantage achieved a 14-seat again for the GOP in 2020, what does an R+5 edge translate into for Republicans in 2022? This question is giving the left heartburn, which is why the recent AP-NORC survey was like manna from heaven for Democrats. Compared with the other surveys, the recent AP poll showed a 41% to 34% Democratic advantage on their generic congressional test — nearly a 12-point swing from the others.

Upon further examination, it’s possible that these results were achieved because the sample consisted of 1,121 “adults,” as opposed to “registered voters” or “likely voters.” Either way, the poll is now out there making the rounds on the internet and social media, where the methodology isn’t much of a concern — essentially amounting to a large in-kind contribution for desperate Democrats.

These polls and others are being released in specific races that amount to election interference. For example, in the House race in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District, a poll was put out recently showing incumbent Elissa Slotkin leading her Republican challenger, state Sen. Tom Barrett, by a wide margin of 56% to 38%. Considering the fact that Michigan’s 7th is now an R+2 district after redistricting in a year when the political winds are blowing in the GOP’s direction, I find these numbers hard to believe.

In addition, other polls are showing that Republicans have a 4-point statewide generic ballot advantage in Michigan and Mr. Biden’s approval rating is underwater in the state, 46% to 52%. To me, this has all the markings of a race that could easily flip to the Republican column this year. We’ll just have to wait and see if the aforementioned poll succeeds in suppressing GOP turnout in this district —I sure hope not.

After the smoke clears on Election Day 2022, it’s become obvious to me that there needs to be an honest conversation about the lack of accountability in the media and polling industry for using survey data to blatantly influence the outcome of elections.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: The midterms will be a referendum on Biden’s record

GOP Rep. Mayra Flores’ surprise win in the special election for the U.S. House seat in Texas’ 34th Congressional District this past June is looking more and more like a canary in a coal mine for the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. Ms. Flores won the race convincingly in a reliably blue district where the Democratic incumbent won with 55% of the vote just two years ago.

When Politico asked recently “Is the Dobbs effect fading?” they really should have asked if the liberal media-fed outrage of Dobbs was fading. Either way, the answer is an emphatic yes. Unfortunately for desperate Democrats, the 2022 election isn’t about the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision and the left’s extreme abortion position any more than it’s about the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The 2022 midterms are about the wrong track America is on under total Democratic control. A Joe Biden-inspired malaise has set in around us — high inflation, high crime, high gas prices, open borders and more pessimism and division among our citizens than ever.

In poll after poll, we see the exact same thing. The most important issue on people’s minds is the economy and the sky-high high cost of living caused by President Biden’s irresponsible out of control spending bills.

Recent headlines such as “Biden hit on economy as more say finances poor,” “Wholesale prices rose 0.4% in September, more than expected as inflation persists,” “$4 gas could be coming — again” and “U.S. mortgage interest rates rise to highest level since 2006” are what’s weighing on hardworking American families, not abortion or the Jan. 6 political witch hunt in Congress.

And to make matters worse for Mr. Biden and congressional Democrats, the latest consumer price index report showed an explosive 8.2% increase in inflation from this time last year — a constant reminder of the catastrophe that’s taken hold in America. If you live in Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire or Nevada, Sens. Mark Kelly, Raphael Warnock, Maggie Hassan and Catherine Cortez Masto must be held accountable for making this inflation nightmare a reality with their votes enabling the failed Biden agenda.

Most everyone agrees — with the exception of delusional House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — that Republicans are going to win back the majority in the House of Representatives; the only question is how many seats. Recent survey data in some “off the radar” House races could help answer that question. For example, in Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District — a D+4 district — Republican Allan Fung is beating his Democratic opponent 45% to 37%. In California’s 21st Congressional District — not exactly a conservative bastion with its D+9 ranking — there’s a poll showing incumbent Democrat Jim Costa tied with his GOP challenger at 44%. This district isn’t even among the 84 most competitive House races according to the Cook Political Report.

In Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, Biden-enabling incumbent David Trone is trailing his Republican opponent, Neil Parrott, 45% to 43% according to public polling, despite millions in negative advertising attacking Mr. Parrott. In the race for the open seat in upstate New York’s 22nd Congressional District — a true toss-up seat — Republican political outsider Brandon Williams is leading his liberal opponent Francis Conole 45% to 40%. And Mr. Biden was forced to travel to deep blue Oregon last week in an attempt to prop up the flagging campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek, who trails her GOP opponent, Christine Drazan, 44% to 38%.

The trends are unmistakable; Republicans have the wind at their backs with less than a month to go until Election Day on Nov. 8.

These polls indicate that the electorate is poised to make a change in Congress that will act as a check and balance on the dangerous agenda of the Biden administration. If Democrats are having trouble holding on to seats in Rhode Island, California, Maryland, New York and Oregon, they’re in for a very long night in battleground districts in Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Nevada and Arizona.

Let’s face it: Mr. Biden is focused on campaigning in Democratic strongholds because he’s too unpopular to go anywhere else. Remember, this president promised to unite America but is running a very negative and divisive administration. He promised to be the moderate “adult in the room” but instead caved to unhinged socialists at every turn. He could have stood with our heroic police when it mattered most, but Mr. Biden fanned the flames of the defund police movement on the extreme left. He could have been there for parents, but it was politically expedient for the president to lock arms with deep-pocketed teacher unions.

And now, as a result of Mr. Biden’s untold trillions upon trillions in new federal spending in the face of all the dire inflation warning signs, the American people are in a fix that’s going to take years to recover from. This is why the polls are where they are. Mr. Biden’s fatally flawed vision isn’t working, and America needs an immediate change in direction.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: Washington's surprising Senate race: Dem Patty Murray seems vulnerable against GOP newcomer Tiffany Smiley

Every two years there seems to be a competitive race for U.S. Senate that emerges out of nowhere, one that wasn’t on anyone’s radar screen when the election cycle began. 

This year’s sleeper campaign in Washington state between far-left Democrat Sen. Patty Murray, a five-term career Washington, D.C., politician, and first-time candidate Republican Tiffany Smiley is it.

Recent polling shows the decades-long liberal incumbent Murray polling below 50% despite her high name recognition against Smiley, who until recently was seen as a little known citizen-politician. Shockingly, the ballot test in two of these polls had Murray’s lead shrinking to just two and three points, respectively.

These results have Washington, D.C., buzzing with intrigue about what might be happening on the ground in the reliably Democrat stronghold of Washington in the Pacific Northwest.

To make matters worse for Murray, everyone agrees that Washington state had been turning a deeper shade of blue with each passing year. For example, Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by a whopping 58% to 39% margin in the 2020 presidential election and Murray prevailed in her last re-election with a very comfortable 59% of the vote in 2016.

So Murray’s alarming slide in the polls could mean that Washington voters are finally poised to vote for a change in direction – and do so at the senior senator’s expense. Let’s face it, there are lots of reasons for Washingtonians to be sick and tired of what’s been happening right before their very eyes.

Over the past two years, America has watched in disbelief as the beautiful city of Seattle was overrun by rioting, violent crime, the defund police movement, and so-called "CHOP" zones. Sadly, 176 people have died of opioid overdoses in Seattle already this year. All the while, entrenched out-of-touch Democrats like Murray have joyfully plowed ahead with their failed socialist agenda in Washington, D.C.

Due to the Biden-Murray policies, gas prices in Washington stand at about $5.30 per gallon compared to $3.80 nationally, and skyrocketing inflation in the Evergreen State is making life exponentially more difficult for hardworking families. Headlines like, "Seattle area's high inflation rate will be an election issue," are a constant reminder that inflation in Seattle is above the national average and not going away anytime soon.

All of Biden’s irresponsible trillion-dollar spending bills could have been stopped by Murray if she had done the right thing by voting no. Voters in Washington are wondering when the falsely labeled Inflation Reduction Act will start reducing inflation.

Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley’s life story represents precisely the kind of political outsider Washington state needs in the U.S. Senate. She’s a mother and a nurse who became a strong advocate for our heroic veterans after her husband Scott lost his eyesight in a roadside bomb explosion while serving in Iraq in 2005.

Smiley’s meteoric rise in the polls comes as left-wing woke corporations in Washington are coming to Murray’s aid by attacking the Republican’s strong candidacy. The Seattle Times, Seattle Seahawks and Starbucks are all threatening Smiley for using their logos or likenesses in campaign ads that happen to be highly critical of life in Washington state due to the failed liberal policies of Murray on crime, drugs, the border and the cost of living.

The coordinated political moves by these powerful corporations are an appalling double standard. If a Democrat ally were using their logos in advertising this would certainly not be an issue – it has everything to do with Tiffany Smiley becoming the 51st Republican vote in the U.S. Senate. In today’s political climate, these ham-handed tactics might backfire miserably.

Smiley is right to alert the Federal Election Commission about what’s taking place in this highly contested Senate race. By actively trying to help Murray get re-elected, the Times, the Seahawks and Starbucks appear to be making illegal corporate in-kind contributions to Murray’s campaign. In the spirit of transparency, corporate executives should disclose any and all communications they’ve had with Murray, the state party, or Democrats in Washington, D.C. who are so desperate to cling to power.

With less than five weeks to go until the midterm elections, control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs. In Tiffany Smiley, voters in Washington state have a candidate who will bring common sense and a breath of fresh air to Congress.

Career politicians like Patty Murray have put America in a deep hole and it will take outsiders with innovative ideas like Tiffany Smiley to get us back on the right track.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”

WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: Biden’s ambiguity versus Reagan’s moral clarity

When President Biden stated that “we do not ask any nation to choose between the United States or any other partner” in his recent speech before the U.N. General Assembly, I was startled. At a moment in history when the world needs moral clarity from the United States more than ever, Joe Biden chose weakness with the one world gang at the failing U.N.

It wasn’t so long ago that President Ronald Reagan was rallying the world around the belief that confronting the Soviet Union and their communist dictatorship was a clear-cut battle of good against evil. “We win, they lose,” Reagan used to say about his preferred outcome in the Cold War against Marxism-Leninism and the “evil empire” in Moscow. So, when Joe Biden tells the world he’s not asking for anyone to choose sides, he’s giving the likes of Russia, China, Iran and their allies a free pass and providing an open invitation for more bad behavior.

The American president is the singular world leader who must remind the world that sometimes it’s necessary to choose sides. The world should choose between sovereignty and Russian atrocities in Ukraine, the world should choose between human rights and Uyghur genocide in China, and the world should choose between democratic principles and women’s rights and the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism in Iran.

Mr. Biden’s bad habit of equivocation in the fights that matter paves the way for even more problems on the world stage. Just look at what’s happened to the United Nations. As long as Russia and China are allowed to call the shots as permanent members of the Security Council, can anyone say with certainty what the U.N. stands for today? Certainly not freedom, democracy and religious tolerance.

We live in a complex world where bad actors exist; there’s no escaping that fact.

President Reagan and President Donald Trump understood that the world is a safer and more prosperous place when America is out front leading by word and deed, not slipping back into the pack in the Obama-Biden tradition. Showing up as the tip of the spear on the brutally tough issues that others may cower from is the essence of American exceptionalism. We must once again embrace this daunting responsibility, not run from it.

The same can be said for free market economic principles and socialism. When President Barack Obama said he wanted to fundamentally transform our country, we now know exactly what he was talking about because Joe Biden is busy trying to finish the job.

History has taught us that everywhere socialism’s been attempted, it has failed miserably — and the end results won’t be any different in the United States. Limited government, capitalism, low taxes and regulations and individual liberty are what have given generations of people — both those born here and those who’ve come here legally from other countries — a shot at pursuing the American Dream. It’s up to us to keep that dream alive for future generations.

The Green New Deal, student loan forgiveness, explosive inflation, out-of-control spending, a bloated and broken central government, critical race theory, a more menacing IRS, and a politicized Justice Department all stand in stark contrast to the principles that have allowed our constitutional republic to thrive over the past 233 years. It’s clear that 2022 has become the year in which a choice has to be made between right and wrong.

Is it right to ignore a $31 trillion national debt in the name of climate change? Is it right to hire 87,000 new IRS agents to monitor small businesses? Is it right to open our border to crime and drugs? Is it right to demonize police and end cash bail? Is it right to forgive debts when others worked overtime to pay in full? Is it right to raid the home of future political opponents? This is all wrong in the United States of America, and it’s time to end it.

Let’s not regret failing to take action when it mattered most. A coalition of freedom-loving Americans from all walks of life must band together right now to stop the precipitous slide to socialism that we’re in the midst of under the Biden-Harris regime. A Republican majority in Congress in 2022 will set the stage for a Republican president in 2024 who will seek to restore American greatness at home and abroad.

President Reagan was right when he said freedom is “never more than one generation away from extinction.” Let’s not lose it on our watch.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: Biden’s expensive malaise is here to stay

Make no mistake about it, the 2022 midterm elections are about the abysmal state of our economy and will serve as a referendum on Joe Biden’s costly left-wing policies that were forced into place as America was pulling out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Now, with less than 50 days until Election Day, President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are trying to diminish their failures by any means necessary - with the help of their allies in the biased mainstream media of course. But one core question remains on everyone’s mind: Why has everything gotten so expensive? Look no further than the radical Democrats in the White House and on Capitol Hill who’ve been behaving like drunken sailors with your hard-earned tax dollars for the past two years.

As our economy was on the verge of overheating and hurtling toward a once unimaginable $31 trillion national debt, Mr. Biden chose to abuse power. Along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, this president chose to enact nearly $5 trillion in new federal spending when our economy could least afford it. As a result, inflation is at nearly a 40-year high - an 8.3% increase from this time last year. Mr. Biden’s insistence that inflation has only gone up “an inch” is tone deaf and an insult to hardworking families struggling to get by.

It’s not hard to see that things are far from alright in Joe Biden’s America. In an attempt to rein in the inflation crisis before the rapidly approaching election, the Federal Reserve Board is expected to raise interest rates once again. The effect of these rate hikes will increase unemployment, stifle economic growth and pave the way for an economic recession that many believe we’re already grappling with. The American people must never forget the lie that is Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. The truth is that this falsely labeled legislation hasn’t lowered inflation and never will. It amounts to little more than the latest socialist giveaway brought to you by the irresponsible leftists who are currently calling the shots in Washington. Every Democrat politician responsible for this new law must be voted out of office in November. Mr. Biden’s misleading line that ten million “new jobs” have been created on his watch is one of the biggest whoppers coming out of a White House that finds itself in full desperation mode. In March and April of 2020, America lost nearly 22 million jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, roughly 22 million jobs have come back - more than half of which were recovered during President Donald Trump’s term.

So, the jobs that Mr. Biden is now taking credit for aren’t new or of his making - they simply reflect our country digging out from under the pandemic. In reality, job creation would be much more robust had Biden just left President Donald Trump’s pro-growth economic policies in place and sat on his hands. Mr. Biden’s big government green agenda has caused massive uncertainty across the board. It doesn’t take an economist to understand what trillions in wasteful spending, tax hikes, and the specter of 87,000 new IRS agents will do to an already hurting economy.

Recent headlines like “The Fed is now expected to keep raising rates then hold them there,” are a direct contradiction to Mr. Biden’s disingenuous statement on 60 Minutes that he’s hoping for a “soft landing” for our country economically. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell - who has predicted economic pain for American families and businesses - is at odds with Mr. Biden on this question as well: “Without explicitly predicting a recession, officials have made clear their willingness to tolerate one. Mr. Powell has stopped talking about a so-called soft landing, in which the Fed slows growth enough to bring down inflation without causing a recession, except when asked.”

The Biden team is now caught between a rock and a hard place because they enacted the far left’s big spending wish list when they should have proceeded with caution. Democrats ignored the inflation warnings instead of taking appropriate action and now we’re all paying the price. The inept Joe Biden has managed to create a scenario in which the American people must now look forward to either more explosive inflation or a prolonged economic recession. It looks like Biden’s malaise is here to stay.

There’s only one way to solve our nation’s economic ills and that is to remove the Biden-Pelosi-Schumer triumvirate from power. These hopelessly out-of-touch politicians will never admit they were wrong and change direction, so we need new leadership and innovative ideas to get America back on track. Creating hope, growth and opportunity for all isn’t rocket science. It requires fiscal discipline, low taxes and fewer regulations, and getting big government off the backs of job creators and entrepreneurs.

This abhorrent “new normal” that Mr. Biden and the radical Democrats in Congress want us to get used to must not be allowed to take root. The American people deserve an economic playing field where they’re able to prosper, safe neighborhoods where police are respected, a secure border that combats fentanyl, and a first-class education for their children. On these all-important issues, the left has no answers. Vote Republican in November.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

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