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I don't race for the White House they could be anybody's to win at the moment a new Wall Street Journal poll shows the governor Mitt Romney closing -- Obama's lead.
Obama leads in that polling 48 -- 44% across the country but that spread is just right at the margin of air.
Peggy Noonan Wall Street Journal columnist with me in studio here in new York and good morning to you -- morning we have a lot to go through in four minutes we're gonna get -- of a case of good morning welcome here.
The same number about a month ago yeah or what does it say about why this race since that.
It's interesting I got a feeling as I look at it this thing is neck and neck it's or -- them a margin of error.
And yet yet in some funny way it's wide open everybody knows that according to the polls how many people -- already made up their mind.
I'm starting to think is I walk around and get an anecdotal sense of things.
That there are a lot of people who -- fully happy with the choice that they've got -- not fully sure that they're gonna pull the lever for this guide they are persuade double.
It is wide open -- probably maybe 10% of the people who.
Can be done so this is -- really a key and crucial.
On what they're saying though is that the group of undecided voters appears to be less this time around and yeah 20082004.
In your polling significance -- electorate.
Have reservations about the former -- from this James slammed his head around me that's that's what conventions are about are -- now.
Yes conventions and debates I think a lot of people on -- -- first of all the convention.
It's next week it is a huge opportunity for governor Romney.
To show himself he's gonna make a 45 minute speech that everyone in America one way or another worldwatch.
Plus it -- -- it's huge I mean people think that.
Other people don't pay attention but when it comes to convention speeches and debates they do.
-- next week.
And say in a whole new fresh way.
This is who line I am.
Let me introduce myself again this is where I stand and this is why I stand there.
This is what I'll -- -- let me get back to that in a moment the headwinds for President Obama are significant.
Low marks in the economy right now you look at right track wrong track two thirds say we're on the wrong -- That's a tough way to fight for reelection -- you think that's a deadly number.
The right track wrong track number where about sixty you got the number -- -- sixty something percent 69% I think that the American people.
Feel that the country isn't going in the right direction.
Well that's always something of an indictment.
Of whoever has been the incumbent whoever's been leading for three or four years.
So that's going to be very tough mr.
Obama's economic numbers -- united do you trust him on economic issues.
Are not so good.
Either it is said that people like him and I'm sure there -- a lot of people who -- this this poor guy walked into the middle of a mess however.
Americans are very bottom line at the end if they think it didn't work his decision making and his leadership.
They will be tough on him.
From your column this past weekend and so it's so rich -- with points about where you believe the country -- today.
Here's one of them we are at an economic crisis people are afraid unemployment as high.
Half the people in the country receive some sort of monthly check from the government Social Security veterans benefits educational -- disability welfare.
Why this is and what it portends is debate for another day what is important now.
Is that a lot of people don't feel they can afford to lose anything of what's coming in.
What does that mean.
That means people a lot of people are feeling on the edge and like they don't have that much do you.
And they may not be utterly sympathetic.
Ideas -- CM.
Hold the possibility of of taking something from them people need what they've got they know.
American long term spending is very bad they want spending under control they're worried about debt and deficits at the same time if you are the Republicans.
Don't scare them and make them think I'm gonna pull away some of the stuff that is keeping you alive right.
To that point now you have this fresh 42 year old congressman from Wisconsin.
Who comes sweeping on this stage and starts to make statements like this.
From yesterday and western PA.
Remember that one -- he said.
People in places like Pennsylvania Wisconsin.
We cling to our guns and our religion.
What deer hunter guilty as far.
-- -- -- And she use -- you right Mitt Romney just through a long ball the GOP what have to play an audacious long ball game and old cliche of politics has never been Trevor quote.
They don't care what you know unless they know that you care.
-- -- -- what Paul Ryan was just doing what he's speaking.
Language of the vibrant Republican base on the deer hunter on -- Catholic.
He's you know he's taking off on Obama saying those poor people cling to their guns and religion.
That's a great place for Ryan to be now what long term I think people have to come to understand that he is involved and -- Budgetary endeavors -- involved in because he's trying can save.
Not harm them as they keep saying he's got to convince people he -- the lifeguard not the -- -- -- -- have from the Wall Street Journal we'll see in Tampa OK you and points after that is ahead.
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