House leaders’ travels reveal political priorities

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House leaders always rack up miles during August recess, but this summer’s travels reveal not only the political hopes and dreams for each party, they also lay bare the fears about where they are vulnerable as the 2010 midterms approach.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is campaigning across the country. While she will fundraise heavily on the West Coast, she is also traveling to Texas and New Mexico to defend the Democratic majority.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) — popular among conservative Democrats — is headed to moderate districts in Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and Mississippi. Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has launched a major month of traveling, including a bus tour, as he pitches himself as the next speaker of the House, planning a multistop trip next week through Pennsylvania, where Republicans hope to pick up a handful of seats.

And Mike Pence of Indiana — who may have statewide and possibly national political ambitions — is being a homebody as he plans to visit several congressional districts in the Hoosier state.

Full Story: Travels reveal political priorities – Jake Sherman and Simmi Aujla – POLITICO.com