re: Republican Party's Prospects in the Midterm Elections

I think the party is in a relatively good position, certainly a better position than we were two or three months ago. This week we have completed work on the military commissions legislation, which I think is a compromise that’s consistent with the Detainee Treatment Act that Senator McCain worked so hard to pass a year ago. It allows the CIA to continue interrogation programs that fit within the Detainee Treatment Act and it meets our obligations under the Geneva Conventions. We will also do the Homeland Security legislation and Defense Appropriations. That’s a pretty full week and the members will go home feeling positive and ready to campaign for a month.