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Jim Jordan isnt exactly going out on a limb when he predicts Republicans will win back control of Congress this November. He doesnt have to.



Jordan does, however, point out that his party needs to stand for something. Just being opposed to the party in power which, granted, worked well enough for Democrats in 2006 and 2008 isnt enough.



There are some, I think, in our party who think we can win this fall I mean win by actually taking back the majority by simply being against what theyre for. I disagree, Jordan said in an editorial board interview Wednesday with The Lima News.



You have to take something to the voters. It cant be solely youre opposed to what theyre doing. Frankly, you need that in an election context, but its not as important in getting elected, its more important if you do actually take back power and youre in control, because then heres what we ran on, heres what were for, now we need to do it.



I think the voters are going to give us one more chance, he said. I think they are going to put us back in power in November, and theyre going to say, OK, Republicans, now, behave like adults, actually reduce spending, actually do whats best for the economy. We know you cant keep spending at this rate. You cant do it. Do the right thing, and if you dont, I think they throw us out and we dont come back for a long time.



Jordan himself is safe. Democrats didnt field a candidate to run against the two-term Republican congressman from Urbana. Had someone stepped forward, history says Jordan would have won easily and current events more than solidify that. But Jordan also appears safe predicting the Republican win back control of Congress. His party has won races that it wasnt supposed to have a chance of winning, and the momentum continues in that direction.



Jordan is a loyal Republican, working this year on the partys recruitment team. Hes also a consistent conservative. So Jordan doesnt want to hear about getting along for the sake of getting something done. Hes a partisan guy, and hell let you know hes a partisan guy.



Theres some frustration, I think, with the lack of addressing the issues in a bipartisan fashion, Jordan said. But, look, take the budget example. How are we going to address that in a bipartisan (fashion) when youve got members of Congress and some of them are Republicans, dont get me wrong who want to spend and spend and spend, and youve got people like me who say we dont want to bankrupt the country and ruin the future for our kids?



Weve got to control spending. And we also want to promote economic growth, and you cant be raising taxes to do that. You cant be spending like crazy to do that. Because, in fact, if that worked, wed have been out of this mess because thats what weve been doing for the last year and a half.



Jordan has been something of a lone wolf on spending. When he was a state senator, he offered an alternative to the tax-increasing budget his partys governor, Bob Taft, put forward. Jordan got little in the way of support. Last year, before people began tiring of runaway spending and the conservative wave caught back on nationally, Jordan who is senior to only about 70 of the 435 members of the House offered a balanced budget.



We got 111 votes. Obviously, you all know we need 218 to pass something, Jordan said. We will get more votes. We got 111 votes before the tea party phenomenon, before the August town halls, before New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts, we got 111 votes. I know well get more this time when we offer it.



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