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Brand new snap shot just out on the state of the race for the White House according to a new Washington Post ABC news poll.
President Obama and governor Romney are deadlocked at 47%.
Among registered voters.
This after some very -- new jobs numbers landmark Supreme Court decisions on health care and immigration.
And millions spent on negative ads primarily.
So where does the race go from here was now associate editor of the hill AB Stoddard AB thanks for joining us today.
I'm gonna have to say that these numbers would seemed to me to be sort of advantage Romney I mean he fought a bruising primary against the other Republican candidates.
In this spring he has had less money this -- spend.
And he doesn't have the power of incumbency and yet he's tied with a sitting president in this latest poll.
Well that's a good case to make I think the President Abbas after a series of disappointing jobs reports -- eight point 2% unemployment that looks like.
Experts tell us are not gonna change.
Between now and the election.
Day I just think that out President Obama should probably be doing worse and Republicans in the last ten days of -- on to say.
At least primarily they think Romney should be doing better it is the summer people are not focused Romney has lots of ground to pull away but he hasn't yet.
And there's reasons for concern in those poll numbers you think that he he should have closed the deal better with Republican voters or maybe voters overall.
Well the problem -- -- -- right now is that these attacks on his record at Bain Capital and -- and the attacks on private equity.
That were the subject of ads that the Obama campaign of -- in the swing states.
Are having a good effect for the president say he's seeing independent voters in it in the states that matter.
-- tending to tilt towards the president now and away from Mitt Romney and it's it's raising Romney's negatives in the key battleground states.
Those are the states were -- Mitt Romney needs to win.
If he's gonna be a winner he's going to tip the balance of the margins in those battleground states.
And he's gonna do so with independent voters.
He has to overcome those high negatives and -- change the minds of people in Nevada Colorado Virginia Ohio and Florida or he's not gonna be able.
To best the president it will be a turn -- operation I think Mitt Romney will have.
The wind it is back with -- a lot of people wanted to be the president but it's those undecided voters and not many of them -- Hui has to convince.
Is the right person to be the Steward of the economy and right now those attacks on his.
Sort of his one number one asset the issue of the economy are taking in -- fact that has been detrimental to him in in the places where -- matter.
Let's take a look at that digging a little deeper into these poll numbers voters were asked regardless of who you support which candidate do you trust to do a better job.
In handling the economy.
There's President Obama at 44% governor Romney comes in at 49%.
Again this is that Washington Post ABC poll.
And then asks regardless of who you may support who do you think seems like the more friendly -- likable person.
The president way out in front 6327.
And who has a clearer plan for dealing with the economic situation.
President on this one a bit closer the president -- at 43%.
And Romney at 38%.
And does that suggested that 59 point plan of Mitt Romney's hasn't really caught fire with the voters AB.
I would be I would argue that said that it is you know you -- -- -- continuously criticized the president's.
Record on the economy.
But he doesn't have 59 point plan and there -- specifics in there needs Iran on his own agenda to convince Americans that a year from now if he was president.
The economy would be better in here is how -- And here's why and I think that he hasn't done a good job have controlling the narrative of his own.
Vision for the country and that is gonna help him on that number one issue that matters he is be investing the president in the in the polls.
On who would better handle the economy but why is -- why they still at 49 for a 4747.
Just because the president's likable.
The economy is Romney's issue he needs it to be specific.
And he needs to make the sale of independent voters that.
That is the issue that matters and this is why he's gonna turn it around.
And -- like ability number is fascinating I mean 63%.
Of the voters say they like President Obama verses you know 27%.
For Romney and yet you know that most voters feel the the country's on the wrong track.
They don't feel like the president his job approval rating is below 50% they like the guy they just don't think he's doing a good -- And that's right but remember there's so few voters left who haven't made up their mind isn't the whole.
Sector of the country that can't stand the president wants to see him defeated.
Another obviously Bob.
Portion of the population that's going to support President Obama for reelection -- few people haven't made up their minds.
They might make up their minds on like ability they might be swayed on -- a question of someone's character -- the president's attack on Romney that he's hiding things.
That he doesn't tell the truth that we don't know what's in his tax returns.
These are that it ended and that the polls show that they think President Obama has more of a plan for the economy than Romney and those are damaging issues for Romney he has to deal with them early said that he can.
Persuaded the persuade able voters to to support him because those -- the and a the only ones will matter and if the economy is issue number one as it is for most voters we can expect to see the president advertising and and focusing on anything but the company.
That's right that's right he's going he's come out with a new plan to extend the tax cuts for.
I'm 98% of Americans earning 250000.
Or less a year he wants to talk about.
The offshore accounts of Mitt Romney hasn't in -- several -- places.
Around the world he is gonna talk about anything about the economy and Mitt Romney needs to be more convincing on the economy.
In order for visit other issues not just set him back he needs to look like he has a plan.
He needs to look like he has something positive say rather than negative something proactive.
To talk about.
I don't think he's -- overcome those like ability numbers in the and it probably shouldn't matter but he needs to stay strong on the number one issue the associate editor of the hill AB Stoddard.
From Washington thank you.
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