GOP, Dems try to repackage arguments for 2014

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Updated: Wed, 01 Jan 2014 11:15:33 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Both Republicans and Democrats are looking for fresh ways to pitch old arguments as the final midterm election year of Barack Obama's presidency begins.

Republicans are eager to capitalize on the president's sagging job approval numbers by hammering an old issue — Obama's health care overhaul. They're also bemoaning an economy that they say isn't improving fast enough. And they're painting Democrats as fiscally irresponsible underlings of a president whose government creates more problems than it solves.

Democrats say they'll run as the party of average Americans and paint Republicans as out-of-touch allies of the wealthy, with a stubborn streak that forced a government shutdown and still prevents practical solutions. They're also advocating populist positions like a minimum wage increase and an end to tax breaks for energy companies.

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