Republican leaders on Sunday sought to gain the moral high ground in the wake of ethics charges against Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, but with Republicans handling ethical problems of their own, the leaders tried to keep the focus on jobs and the economy.
House Minority Leader John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said November will, more than anything, be about spending and the Democrats' "job-killing" agenda. They made clear that the economy would continue to play a lead role in the GOP campaign message as members fan out across the country for the August recess.
"The Democrats' biggest problem is they're spending too much, taxing too much, borrowing too much, and their job-killing programs are what's on the mind of the American people," McConnell said on "Fox News Sunday." "And I think that's what will determine the outcome of the election this fall."
Boehner said the central theme he wants his members hammering as they return to their home districts is to explain why voters should trust them to address their concerns over taxes, spending and jobs creation.
"We've been listening to the American people. It's pretty clear they want change," he told "Fox News Sunday."