White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says that whatever the outcome of the elections, President Obama will look for ways to use executive action ''to benefit middle-class families''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The White House says President Barack Obama is optimistic that Democrats will retain control of the U.S. Senate during Tuesday's (November 4) midterm elections, but that no matter what, he would continue to champion policies that support the middle-class. "Regardless of the outcome, over the course of the next two years, the president will look for ways to use his executive authority to benefit middle-class families," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. "The president's going to continue to look for partners on Capitol Hill, Democrats or Republicans, who are willing to work with him on policies that benefit middle-class families. I keep saying that because that is the item that's at the top of the president's agenda. And the president's going to leave no stone unturned in his effort to try to make progress in some of these issues," he added. Republicans are expected to pick up seats in the Senate, but polls show eight to 10 races are still toss-ups and it is unclear whether they can gain the six seats they need to control the 100-member chamber for the first time since the 2006 election.