"There will be no holiday in Iraq. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar."
A 46-year-old Sunni Muslim in Baghdad, as Muslims prepared feasts to mark the end of the Ramadan holy month while dealing with violence in the country.
"Every session you change the way you do business with the Congress. And you test the mood of the Congress, find out what their appetite will be. But it doesn't change your priorities."
As polls and analysts in both parties increasingly suggest Democrats will capture the House and possibly the Senate on Election Day.