Has Romney campaign hit its stride?
Political assessment of GOP strategy
- Duration 4:19
- Date Aug 21, 2012
Political assessment of GOP strategy
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Well the week before the Republican National Convention this bold headline from the Chicago sun times.
Clouds begin to park for Romney.
Columnist Steve Huntley says governor Mitt Romney's campaign has quote hit its stride.
He -- his selection of congressman Paul Ryan as a running mate and the republicans' message of economic optimism.
Based on tax and regulatory reform.
All this contrasting sharply with president Obama's current problems with the economy and reports of reelection campaign in disarray on the democratic side.
So is he right.
Let's talk about it Tom Madden -- executive editor of real clear politics and is in Chicago right now I believe I -- am -- right about that time here in Chicago.
Absolutely all right so what do you think about that has.
Mitt Romney does he have a little more pep in his step these days after the addition of congressman Ryan to the ticket.
Yeah he certainly doesn't we've seen some movement in the -- -- nationally.
The day before the day after actually about Romney picked Ryan Obama ahead.
Busted out to his biggest lead in the record politics average almost five points -- biggest lead since April early April.
Over the last ten days we've seen that -- cut in half Obama's -- by about two and a half points now on the record politics average and we've seen some movement.
In some swing states as well in Virginia Ohio and Wisconsin.
So the question is whether this bump is is lasting or whether it's it's going to recede at some point obviously Republicans hope that they can ride this wave into that.
Into the convention next week and then build on that momentum -- Grants that had said that that of all of that potential.
Running mates out there congressman Ryan was the guy that they hoped.
That Mitt Romney would pick.
But but in taking congressman Ryan.
-- he chose a guy who has you know solid conservative credentials he's.
He's pro life he's -- Roman Catholic there are a lot of things a lot of conservatives who've been suspect about Mitt Romney.
Like in Paul Ryan.
No that's exactly right I mean you had up until -- point when Romney picked Ryan the motivating factor for the Republican base wasn't.
Getting turning out to vote for Mitt Romney was turning out to vote against President Obama.
And now you do you have Republicans out there who there's more enthusiasm for the ticket in general because they they do like Paul Ryan he is so well liked among the conservative base so.
We have seen that Republicans are hoping that that enthusiasm edge.
That that they've been caring for a while now will will last through November 6.
And what about these reports that the Obama campaign is in disarray.
I'm always careful when -- -- I takes up like that with a grain of salt there's been some pretty good reporting on Obama campaign.
I I think that look they have had internal discussions and disputes both campaigns have.
I don't know that the Obama campaign did it in is it isn't is in is much disarray as it might -- being portrayed.
But look this is a campaign that has been struggling.
With obvious we never seen a president run for reelection in this kind of political environment this kind of economic environment and and they struggled to -- recapture the magic of 2008.
And also to make good on some of the promises of 2008 running that campaign that was supposed to be above sort of -- Apollo partisan politics of the past.
-- they've really struggle with that we've seen that.
Played out over the last few months one of the things that Ryan and Romney seem to strike you know seem to emphasize during their campaign appearances.
Is that you know things don't have to be this way things can change they try it seems to project project an optimistic tone.
About the future is that working.
Well I I think so far again.
It they have seen some movement there way and remember that the debate over the last ten days since Ryan has been put on the ticket is Medicare -- that's an issue that traditionally.
Democrats win on and I think Republicans feel like they've -- at least to a draw and they may have -- actually even one.
That argument over the past few weeks we -- Ryan was down in Florida campaign with a bother.
-- -- so that's a battleground that you know Republicans feel pretty good about again heading into the election with eleven weeks left given.
Where the economy stands given where Romney is in fundraising.
And their messaging blog it's still pretty good but he Barack Obama still leading and O'Connell have so it's going to be close will be right back.