Will gay marriage really play a role in presidential race?
How will major social issue affect voters?
- Duration 7:03
- Date May 13, 2012
How will major social issue affect voters?
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The hot topic on this morning's political shows with same sex marriage today Republican national committee chair Wright's previous.
Told NBC's David Gregory that he backs governor Romney's position on that issue.
Meanwhile democratic strategist Hilary Rosen praised President Obama for his support of same sex marriage but called -- political risk.
Mitt Romney is a gracious.
Caring person who believes that every individual on an -- in this country including.
People who are gay deserve.
That every American deserves but that doesn't change the fact that we believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman.
When ever you say something that has sort of a lot of passion.
On both sides then you know you're you're taking a political risk and and I think that the president knew that but it didn't matter because even -- election year.
Some things are not about politics.
Vice president -- -- -- Biden's appearance on last week's Meet the Press spurred the president's endorsement just a few days later.
Former senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that Mitt Romney should take advantage of the president's announcement on same sex marriage -- an interview with the TV station and Arkansas Santorum said quoting now.
This is a very potent weapon.
If you will for governor Romney if he's willing to step up and take advantage of a president who is very much out of touch with the values of America.
And the polls show a virtual tie between President Obama and governor Mitt Romney among key swing states.
But the national match -- tell a very different story now here to break down the numbers forced democratic strategist David Mercer.
And Republican strategist -- -- -- And gentlemen thanks very much for joining us good to have you here on the thank you miss being here today have been -- stated yeah and others have been very clear to my daughter was once I'm not okay.
Let's take a look at that some of these recent polls they really are intriguing.
First off let's take a look at the real clear politics average right now.
Which was done through April 27 through that tenth -- has Obama at 46 point.
And also Romney at 45 point 4% the Rasmussen tracking poll is a really interesting what it has Romney at 50%.
Obama at 43%.
Romney up by seven points there what he has read into this.
The way I see it is the polls -- polls but they're not the Electoral College vote and if you look at it 2008 with Obama.
In 23 of the 28 states that he ran -- he got more.
Of a percentage of vote in those states.
Then he did in the national.
Vogue get so -- in looking at that you got to look at the Electoral College.
Where he is on strong.
Among swing states and those states is where it counts Virginia Ohio.
Pennsylvania all where he had now has leads and that's remove the where the campaign is gonna come down to -- It is that's absolutely right this is gonna come down -- electoral college and come down to whether or not Mitt Romney to win North Carolina Virginia and Ohio.
If he can do that you'll be the next president has -- -- -- a big issue for Mitt Romney right now is electability gap that he has with President Obama president Obama's got between nine point edge on him and it Romney needs to make that up.
We'll take a look at that like the building up in just secular person do wanna get to these a swing state polls USA today Gallup poll -- that -- recently.
Which has Obama 47%.
Romney at 45 in states Colorado Florida Iowa Michigan Nevada New Hampshire New Mexico North Carolina Ohio Pennsylvania Virginia.
And Wisconsin's within the margin of -- neck and neck there.
Absolutely true and we knows that.
When you live when it comes down to those margin errors you make it up with the ground forces.
Obama has 25 state offices in Florida.
There are only now in the Romney campaign beginning to get in there you're gonna see a new science brought to the -- of campaigning.
-- for Obama you're also gonna see a continuity between the good times in the Clinton Era and what we're trying to do in setting of course for recovery and having both Obama and Clinton.
And don't understand is very tight election I do -- retired and I do think the ground game is going to be extremely important but the reason why this is a very tight election is because of president -- abysmal economic record.
And the key for Mitt Romney they'll be essentially thirteen million swing state voters will decide the selection.
The key for Mitt Romney -- to get those independents and moderates in his column.
If he can do that.
President Obama -- -- packing his bags and still doing a heck of a lot -- things I'm Rebecca with a great strengths of Romney in the Republican.
Primary battle was his ground game in fact he had -- he had the institutional.
A work put out before him how much would to a much greater degree than all the other -- -- I would do it I don't want to prevent -- -- yeah there's there's no guarantee -- -- President Obama is -- New York Yankees -- grounded and in essentially the RNC and -- -- really gonna have to -- over this and it's going to come -- -- who can -- out their -- better and that is really where the Republicans need to make -- -- if they can do what President Obama will be out of -- job.
I'll say two things one and it was an -- game and he blew them out with super pac money his opponents in the -- the primary it was not necessarily a ground -- that's -- secondly.
And with regard to what.
What it was just -- by -- is that you know look when you're losing votes in the Hispanic community when you're -- -- gender gap with women and losing votes there almost -- 90%.
Gap between Obama.
You know this is you got to gain votes and every time -- goes out there aren't very Tommy goes every time he goes out there.
He is losing votes the more they get to know Mitt Romney the less they like him going back to the -- Stability and incidentally I -- a look at that like ability gap right now this is the USA today Gallup poll that has Romney at only 31%.
Obama's 60% reference it make up that -- he's got to come out with a compelling personal -- and that's really the biggest issue because a lot of independent moderate voters really that he's not well defined in their mind.
The second thing yes who's had -- kids can -- dignified.
Like Mitt Romney do that in it Lindsay Lohan culture.
Yes I think he can't put -- he has to go back to why he was an American success story as a businessman -- -- to discuss why he was a compliment governor and most people don't know a heck of a lot about Mitt Romney if he can do that.
He's -- -- closes like ability gap looks.
Like this is his second run for president and he's got electability of 30%.
The guy is in trouble and they got to find as -- did say a narrative that is compelling and they have been fumbling on that for.
Not only this election we don't laugh the -- I like their ability -- we just have to close that gap and if we can close that gap Mitt Romney is going to win this election but that is the job is right now President Obama staying afloat because of like to billions -- messaging.
That's the bottom line correct I agree with that but the court O'Connell David Mercer really appreciate you coming in on the smugglers and a couple weeks so we're just happy -- state.
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