With news from Iraq going from bad to worse, Democrats are now being given a chance to take back the Senate. Political handicappers are focused on Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia. Democrats have to win at least two. But it won’t be easy. We'll get reports from all three states and from New Jersey, where an incumbent Democrat just might lose. Plus, timelines in Iraq and cheatin' in baseball.
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President Bush is not promising to "stay the course" any more, but changing the message won't make bad news sound any better. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham said today that Iraq is "on the verge of chaos," and that's the main reason his party may lose its majority in the Senate. Exactly two weeks from election day, Democrats have their eyes on a prize that was thought to be out of their reach just a few weeks ago. Political handicappers are focused on Missouri and Virginia, where Republican incumbents are in trouble; and Tennessee, where Republican Bill Frist is stepping down. Democrats have to win at least two, but it won't be easy. We get reports from all three states, and from New Jersey, where an incumbent Democrat just might lose.
Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media / National Journal Group (@RonBrownstein)
Halimah Abdullah, Political Reporter, The Memphis Commercial Appeal
David Kimball, Associate Professor for Political Science at the University of Missouri, St. Louis
Peter Boyer, Newsweek
Ingrid Reed, Director of the New Jersey Project
Kenny Rogers pitched a brilliant game Sunday to help Detroit tie the World Series with St. Louis at one game apiece. But what was that brown splotch on Rogers' hand in the first inning? Why didn't St. Louis manager Tony La Russa raise the kind of fuss managers are famous for? We speak with Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Ken Rosenthal, Senior Baseball Writer, FOXSports.com
Republican Senator Lindsay Graham said today that Iraq is on the "verge of chaos." Commanding General George Casey said Iraqi leaders have agreed to develop a timeline by the end of the year for progress in stabilizing the country. Nancy Yousef is Baghdad Bureau Chief for the McClatchy newspapers.