House Democrats recruiting moderates for '14 bids

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 8:40 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: moderate Democrats.

If interested, please contact the mostly liberal House Democratic leadership.

Democrats say their best chance to take control of the House of Representatives away from Republicans in 2014 is by mirroring their last successful effort to flip the House in 2006.

The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Steve Israel, says that means finding non-ideological "problem-solver" candidates to run against Republican tea party conservatives elected the last two elections. The New York lawmaker says Democrats will focus on two large states — Florida and Texas — and districts where Republican incumbents won with less than a 10 percent margin of victory.

House Democrats would need to net 17 seats to flip the House in 2014 — nine more than they picked up in 2012.

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