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In less than a month Americans will vote either to begin changing Washington or to maintain business as usual. Polls show President Obama's approval ratings not only at their lowest levels, but lower than George W's approval ratings at his lowest point.
During a speech at Northwestern University last week, President Obama said while he was not on the ballot, "make no mistake, these policies are on the ballot..." referring to progressive policies he and fellow Democrats have pushed forever. In other words, voters who want Washington to continue with business as usual should vote for traditional Democratic senate candidates like Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Michelle Nunn in Georgia, and Kay Hagan in North Carolina.
 Three out of four of these candidates literally have generations of progressive politics in their ancestry. They are political royalty in their respective states. They espouse the same old ideas their parents ran on decades ago and none of them have brought new ideas to the table.
Voting against the aforementioned progressives is indeed the same as voting against President Obama as he himself has said as well as against Harry Reid who controls the Senate. If Democrats maintain control of the Senate, Harry Reid will remain in power and nothing will change in Washington.
On the other hand, electing newcomers to the Senate offers hope for change. Bill Cassidy, Mary Landrieu's strongest opponent, is a medical doctor who turned to politics in 2006 when he won a seat in Louisiana's state senate. He's served as Louisiana's 6th District representative in Washington since 2009. Cassidy has a record of fighting against progressive ideologies and for common sense government.
Tom Cotton is in a neck-and-neck race with Mark Pryor in Arkansas. Cotton is serving his first term as Arkansas' 4th District representative in Washington. A Harvard Law graduate, Cotton enlisted in the Army after 9/11, declined a commission as a JAG attorney, and served as an infantry platoon leader in the 101st Airborne. Like Cassidy, Cotton has a record of working for common sense government.   
David Perdue, facing off against Michelle Nunn in Georgia, is truly a newcomer to politics, but has a strong 40-year record in business. A Fortune 500 CEO leading Dollar General's expansion across America, Perdue helped create thousands of real, new jobs, not the kinds of 'shovel-ready jobs' progressives in Washington have promised for years. While Nunn is running primarily on her family name, Perdue is running on his record of creating jobs and rebuilding America's economy.
Thom Tillis is running against incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan in North Carolina. Tillis is somewhat of a self-made man, having excelled in business before going back to college to earn his degree. Through hard work and common sense, Tillis became partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers and retained that position after IBM bought the company. During his brief political career, Tillis has risen to Speaker of the North Carolina House in 2011, demonstrating his common sense business approach to governance.
Sending Democrats back to the Senate in Washington will not change a thing. We need to begin stripping progressives of their power and policies before they overwhelm and smother America with big government bureaucracies. We need to elect conservatives to the Senate in these four states, as well as two more states to remove Harry Reid and to make President Obama accountable for his poor performance.

Daniel Gardner
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