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John McCain: Suicide if Dems Win

Oct 19, 2006

John McCain joked on Wednesday he would "commit suicide" if Democrats win the Senate in November. McCain one of the frontrunners for the GOP nomination for president in 2008, was on a visit to Iowa to campaign for Republican congressional candidates when he made the off the cuff remark.

When asked for his reaction to a potential Democratic takeover of the Senate in the November 7 elections McCain had a snappy response.

"I think I'd just commit suicide," McCain told reporters, to accompanying laughter from Republicans standing with him. "I don't want to face that eventuality because I don't think it's going to happen."

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"I think it's going to be tough, but I think we'll do OK," McCain said of Republican prospects. Democrats must pick up six seats in the Senate and 15 seats in the House of Representatives to win control of both chambers.

Bob Novak gave this assessment on Wednesday:

The final count, If the election were held today, Democrats would gain control of the House of Representatives. Republicans -20, Democrats +20.

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An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday claimed that the Republican party's approval ratings are at an all-time low, with approval of the Republican-led Congress at its lowest point in 14 years.

Forty-seven percent of respondents said they were less in favor of keeping Republicans in control of Congress, compared to 14 percent who were more in favor of maintaining the current congressional makeup, according to the poll.

Only 16 percent of respondents approve of the job Congress is doing, the lowest level since 1992, NBC said.

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Compare that to 1994, when Democrats held congressional majorities, Congress had a 24 percent job approval, NBC said. Democrats lost 52 House and 8 Senate seats in the 1994 midterm elections and it is a good thing John McCain was joking.

--Jim Roberts writes from Manhattan

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