Transcript for Issues That Dominated in 2014 Politics
continues with George stephanopoulos. ABC can now project republicans will take control of the senate. Democrats have the key to the house. But on election day they got locked out of power on capitol hill. House, senate, governors, you name it, republicans won it. Blue man group, now red man group. Children will now learn valuable life lessons about this from red's clues. Reporter: The republican wave hit after the lowest turnout in more than 70 years. The way I see it is, if you can't find the time to wait in line to vote, on black Friday we better not see you camped outside of Walmart all night. Reporter: Republicans scored seats coast to coast. I'm Joni Ernst, I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. Reporter: In Iowa, farmer Joni Ernst pitchforked her democratic opponent off the field. And we are going to make them squeal! Reporter: Overnight, senator Mitch Mcconnell became the big man on campus on capitol hill. This experiment in big government has lasted long enough. Reporter: The final democratic casualty came when Louisiana senator Mary landrieu, despite trying to regain her youth at several tailgates, lost her bid for a fourth term. Now that the republicans have both houses of congress, their main goal is to make less nothing happen. Reporter: Big social issues dominated the year. The number of states where gays can marry more than doubled. Pot sales became legal in two more states. The president signed an executive order on immigration. And the speaker this morning says you're acting like an emperor and you're damaging the presidency, your response? Well, my response is pass a bill. If I pass the legislative test, then I wind up on the president's desk -- ow. ? I'm an executive order and I pretty much just happen ? My advice to Obama is you just be you. Boehner would throw a fit if you tried to executive order a pizza. I'm not going to make a decision until later this year. Reporter: The president gets the boot in two years, who will fill his shoes? You've made no secret of the fact that you're looking at 2016. How does it shape your thinking about the presidential race? Over the last 11 months I've been to 37 states. So I think it just gives you a feel for what that life might be like. Reporter: While bridgegate was hot at the beginning of the year. I had no knowledge or involvement and I am stunned by the abjeblgt stupidity. Reporter: It didn't appear to slow the New Jersey governor down or clip his trademark style. Sit down and shut up. Chris Christie will be running for president, as long as it doesn't involve running, actual running. Reporter: Running against him? I'm back! Reporter: Hillary Clinton, even though she's not quite ready to say so. Do you like commuting to work or do you like a home office? I'd like a home office. Do you have a favorite shape for that home office? Reporter: The next Clinton generation was born, which led to even more creative questions. If you could only pick one -- because I can't afford to give you both. So I'm torn, I wanna see the first woman president. I also wanna see the first bully president. You shut up, sit down. Reporter: Then there's Jeb bush. I can't have my president being called Jeb. You got problems with hamas again. Go get your guns. Reporter: While Michelle Obama soared high when she video bombed the Miami heat. Help make you a better athlete. Reporter: Her husband was suffering from sinking poll Numbers. More than half of Americans have lost confidence in your ability to lead the country and get the job done. That must have been stunning to you. Disappointing? I've been dealing with this stuff since 2009. We've got a republican party that seems to only care about saying no to me. I think Obama should tell some cats to shut up. I am gonna go hoop right now. And when I be back, this thing better be signed." Reporter: But if this past year is a guide, with Obama in the saddle at the white house, republicans holding the reins on capitol hill, next year isn't likely to be more productive than 2014. 2014, in politics. A bunch of babies in a schoolyard. Politics in 2014 was same garbage, different date, plus Isis. That's it. Announcer: Next -- the names
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