How the budget battle could affect 2012 elections

By David D'Marko

News 13 Florida

July 28, 2011

Politicians are looking at re-drawing districts for the upcoming 2012 elections. But at the same time they try to protect the district lines that favor their parties, the budget battle going on in Washington could be drawing a bigger dividing line among the electorate.

As a crowd gathered for a redistricting meeting Wednesday, the debt ceiling was a popular conversation.

"The whole country is watching what will be happening the next eight or nine days and whether we will be able to meet our debt obligations," Juan Cartagena said.

Cartagena is the President of Latino Justice PRLDEF, a group that represent Latino voters and candidates. He thinks the debt debate will still be a hot topic during election season.

"No question we are going to see the repercussions of this deal, no deal or temporary deal. The ability of the country to escape from this economic recession is on the minds of all people," Cartagena said.

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