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Can the GOP dominate in November with 'Just say no'?

Probably not. Two of the GOP's most senior elected officials – Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham – said Sunday their party needs an agenda attractive to voters critical of both parties.

Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain at President Obama's first State of the Union Address in January. Graham and McCain say the GOP needs an agenda attractive to voters critical of both parties.

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'Just say no' might have worked for Republicans during the first year-plus of President Obama’s stint in the White House. But can it propel them to dominance in this fall’s elections?

Probably not, judging by comments Sunday from two of the GOP’s most senior elected officials – Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Republicans have been basking in the good news about November’s elections from pollsters and analysts. They’re projected to come within a few seats of taking over the House, and even the Senate is now within the realm of serious discussion by pundits and pollsters.

“I think this could be a seismic election,” Sen. McCain told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

“But we've got to give Americans a reason to be for us, rather than just against the Democrats and the president,” he said. “When you look at the approval ratings of Republicans, they're just as bad as Democrats. We've got to give [voters] a reason to be for us.”

(Though they don’t think Obama is doing a great job on the economy, Americans are more inclined to blame Republicans than Democrats for the current economic state of affairs, according to a CNN survey.)

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