Local Democrats celebrate winning both House and Senate

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November 8, 2006

A local congressman was in town today, echoing the thoughts of Democrats nationwide: that "it's time to take back Washington."

News 12 takes a look at how we got here and asks local Democrats what this means for them.

What a difference two years can make.

President Bush welcomed the Democrats to Capitol Hill today.

And those moving in say they're ready to work.

"It's going to make a big impact, tremendous impact," said Dr. Lowell Greenbaum of the Augusta Democratic Party.

It's a sweet, sweet victory. Richmond County's Democrats can actually taste the red, white and blue.

"This was a mandate for the Democratic Party in saying you must change the direction for this country," Dr. Greenbaum said.

Dr. Greenbaum hosted a party for not only Congressman John Barrow, but for all seats now held by Democrats in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Congressman Barrow said it was "the only real opportunity we've had in a long time and will have for a long time to govern from the center for a change."

The change in our capitol's political landscape, watchdogs say, is due to an overwhelming majority of voters like Tiffany Brooks.

"It'll just get our legislators back to business," she said. "Back to what is important for us young adults, students, parents, teachers, veterans, you know, those who are serving in the war now."

"And we better get out there and take a lead, and we better do something about the war in Iraq, and we better do something about the situation in the United States with the illegal immigrants," said voter John Hutcheson.

It's what some are calling a new direction, a new day for Democrats.

"That's what happened yesterday," said Dr. Greenbaum.

But the next two years won't be a cakewalk for either party.

Both President Bush and House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi spoke publicly today.

Bush said he can work with anyone. Pelosi sited a long list of things to be done, such as increasing the minimum wage.