Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“I am interested in serving in the United States Senate and that interest trumps any consideration of serving as a vice president.” 

— Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), in an interview with the Providence Journal, putting thisspeculation to rest.

Obama Considers Republican for Veep

Sen. Barack Obama’s vice presidential search team “has floated the name of a member of President Bush’s first-term Cabinet, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, as Obama’s running mate,” according to Politico.

“The mention of Veneman’s name surprised Democratic lawmakers. The low-profile Republican was close to food and agriculture industries but clashed with farm-state Democrats and environmentalists during her tenure, which lasted from 2001 to 2004.”

Insiders See Big Gains for Democrats

According to the National Journal‘s Congressional Insiders Poll, Democrats think their party will pick up an average of 16.5 seats in the House of Representatives and 5.8 seats in the Senate this fall.

By contrast, GOP insiders think the Democrats will gain an average of 6.6 seats in the House and 3.9 seats in the Senate.

Republican Senate Candidates Skipping Convention

According to Congress Daily, 9 of 12 targeted Republicans running in the most competitive U.S. Senate races this fall “are either skipping the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., or have not decided whether to attend.”

Among those who will not attend: Ted Stevens of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and Bob Schaffer of Colorado.

Six others have not yet decided: Roger Wicker of Mississippi, John Sununu of New Hampshire, Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, Gordon Smith of Oregon, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Steve Pearce of New Mexico.

Bonus Quote of the Day

“Obviously one is interested in a candidate looking towards the future rather than the past.”

— French President Nicolas Sarkozy, quoted by ABC News, all but endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president.

Quote of the Day

“He’s in a position to make the decision on short notice if he wanted to.”

— Charlie Black, quoted by the Washington Post, on the timing of Sen. John McCain’s running mate announcement.

Cash Edges Means Likely Democratic Senate Gains

CQ Politics: “One reason why Democrats almost certainly will gain ground in Senate elections this November is that they have so much money to contest the many Republican-held seats that are at stake.”

The current cash-on-hand gap is more than $20 million and growing.

Democrats Gain Edge in More House Races

CQ Politics today “is changing the race ratings in 14 congressional districts in 10 states to reflect changing political circumstances that mean brighter prospects for the Democrats, who are expected to augment their 236 to 199 majority in the U.S. House in the November elections.”

“Twelve of the 14 race rating changes favor the Democrats, compared to two that favor Republicans, who are trying to limit their losses this year after suffering a net loss of 30 House seats in the 2006 election.”

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