Inside the battle for North Carolina
Mitt Romney appears in swing state
- Duration 3:52
- Date May 11, 2012
Mitt Romney appears in swing state
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The other side of the country today appearing in what may be one of the most hotly contested states this fall.
Chief Washington correspondent James Rosen on the battle for tar heel country.
I'm counting on North Carolina next November to help us take the country back.
And never has North Carolina site of this year's Democratic National Convention loomed so large in presidential politics in 2008 then Senator Obama carried the tar heel state and its fifteen electoral votes by just point 4% fewer than 141000 votes.
Four years later the State's population -- registered voters between the ages of eighteen and 25.
Has plunged by nearly 50000 with more than 80% of those -- voters registered Democrats.
And while the nation's unemployment rate stands at eight point 2%.
At no time in the Obama presidency has north Carolina's jobless rate dipped below nine point 5%.
Indeed for 35 of the 39 months mr.
Obama has been in the Oval Office north Carolina's jobless rate has stood above ten or even 11%.
On a visit to a metal works in Charlotte presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney saw.
To stoke that discontent this recovery has been the slowest most -- -- over.
It's been that way because the president's policies have not encourage this economy to grow they scared the Dickens out of banks they scared the Dickens out of insurance companies they scared employers that are in the manufacturing sector.
North Carolinians might also respond unfavorably to president Obama's recent endorsement of gay marriage.
Which came one day after the State's voters opted to declare even civil unions legally invalid.
North Carolina critical battleground state voted the day before he made this announcement 6139.
In favor -- -- I think it's and that's a negative for the president.
I'm net net negative now the economy is gonna dominate everything else but that in -- -- negative.
Even some liberal analysts were inclined to agree that the president's -- on gay marriage will likely do him no favors in tar heel country.
It's already raised a lot of money off of it but -- but I that in terms elect oral.
Math and and boats I'm not convinced that it really helps it benefits him among the pace of the Democratic Party that he doesn't have a problem with that is the Democratic Party.
A group called gay marriage USA has collected some 30000 signatures for a petition demanding the Democratic Convention be moved out of North Carolina.
A senior Obama Biden campaign official told me that's not going to happen though both because the campaign thinks the convention.
Can be useful in winning North Carolina and because a move isn't logistically possible at this point.
But organized labor is also upset with the site but because North Carolina -- -- worked you right to work state.
And that's what some unions to scale back their funding for the convention.
James we reported yesterday on these allegations going back half century first reported by the Washington Post.
About Mitt Romney and his high school days singled out a fellow student who was thought in some quarters to be day for both verbal and physical abuse.
What's the latest governor Romney said nothing more about it today.
As you -- call he spent much of yesterday acknowledging that he did play some pranks and high school that -- -- dumb and probably went too far and also apologizing to anyone offended by them but Romney also said he does not remember ganging up with other students to -- to the ground the -- seen in this photo John -- Using scissors to forcibly cut off -- -- bleached hair.
Romney also said he never gave a fault of the sexual orientation of -- who died eight years ago while we're sister has now released a statement saying.
The family of John lover feels the portrayal of John is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda.
There will be no more comments from his family and quote as well worth pointing out one of the classmates the Washington Post reported as having -- been long bothered by the prank.
-- fully BC news he did not witness it and that he only learned of it earlier this year Brett from the Washington Post which had a big story on the today.
James thank you.