Polls show presidential race tightening in some swing states
Bill Kristol weighs in on Ryan factor
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- Date Aug 23, 2012
Bill Kristol weighs in on Ryan factor
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Meanwhile there are new dueling ads from the two campaigns both touch on jobs one features a former president.
This election to me.
This about which candidate is more likely to -- from one.
This is a clear choice there Republican plan is to.
Cut more taxes on upper income people and go election deregulation that's what got us in trouble in the first place when a president doesn't tell the truth how can we trust.
To lead the Obama outsourcing attacks.
Misleading unfair and untrue.
There was no evidence that Mitt Romney ship jobs overseas.
Let's talk about all these latest election developments -- Bill Kristol he is editor of the weekly standard and -- Fox News contributor.
First to that Obama campaign ad utilizing the former President Bill Clinton how much does that help him bill.
I'm not sure it doesn't -- the Romney campaign sort of plays into that narrative that they just want to go back.
To the policies that did get -- in some trouble.
But here's for the Paul Ryan -- make such a difference from and is a forward looking have a young Republican wasn't part of the the Bush Administration he's -- agenda for the future.
I think it's no accident those -- you show John -- Romney has been -- Romney right ticket has tightened the race since Ryan joined the ticket.
And President Obama himself admitted this last night so I don't think that -- -- -- Romney Ryan seemed like the terrible days of the Bush Administration.
-- we very effective in less Romney lets himself be.
A caricatures that.
We will get to that admission that you just referenced in just a couple of minutes but let's take a specific look.
At those states Florida and Wisconsin getting tighter.
According to this latest quinnipiac poll Ohio though okay here here are the numbers in Florida 4946.
President Obama with a slight lead over governor Romney same thing in Wisconsin.
But in Ohio -- fifteen to 44 President Obama.
Leads governor Romney fifty to 44 according to this latest quinnipiac poll Ohio is always a Bellwether state.
Do you expect that it will get any tighter in that in in Ohio.
Yeah I think -- -- -- numbers in Florida governor Romney went there on Monday after picking Ryan and -- went there last Saturday at -- -- some dramatic event at the villages with his mom.
Decision that they cut the Obama lead in half in Florida the state with a lot of seniors the state where the Ryan pick and Ryan budget and the Medicare.
Reform agenda was supposed to hurt him so that I think is a very good sign.
And really I think this suggests that these concerns -- that the -- -- was gonna kill.
The Romney ticket with seniors from this place Wisconsin obviously Ryan a -- favorite there I think Wisconsin is now in play Ohio has been a tough state.
And I think essentially -- of Wisconsin and Ohio.
The -- the Republican governor lost to referendum last November.
To reform union dues and and then the treatment of public sector unions.
In Wisconsin Governor Walker of course won that referendum this year I wonder from just being heard a little bit by a general sense in Ohio.
A less favorable sense about the Republican reform agenda.
Than they have in Wisconsin.
Hard to win without Ohio you could do -- Wisconsin Colorado and Iowa and those three states right now looked at either.
All right let's talk of -- -- what you referenced earlier that talking that the president made the reference the president made.
Last night that you say shows he is feeling some heat he was -- out peering at a big NBA fund raiser in New York had a bunch of NBA legends there.
And he used a basketball analogy now as we understand -- there's no tape of this speech but here's what the president.
Had to say he said.
We are in the fourth quarter we're up by a few points referring to his campaign but the other side is coming on strong and they play a little dirty.
We've got a few folks on our team in foul trouble.
We've got a couple of injuries and I believe that they've got one last run in them.
And I'd say there's about seven minutes to go in the game you keyed in bill on that first line where he says they are coming on strong.
What do you think you -- What.
Lots -- pretty startling admission by President Obama remember when Ryan was picked 1012 days ago and every Democrats that this is the end of -- this is a disaster for the Romney ticket.
President Obama we know follows polling very very closely he gets updates every night on their tracking polls he knows that the Republicans are gaining.
Not falling back in there and why would they be gaining in the last two weeks what what good news is if -- Republicans.
That Jesus trivial bad news -- -- gonna let the good news is the fundamental thing that I think it's changed the dynamic of the race is the Ryan pick.
And I think it's an -- -- admission by President Obama -- the ones playing defense they're trying to hang on in the fourth quarter.
And I think the key here is for the Romney Rick frank campaign to keep doing what's been working for the last 1012 days which to be on the offensive have a positive forward looking message.
To make the election a big choice and if anything makes me nervous as someone who hopes -- how many wins that wasn't releasing terrorists is that the Romney campaign has a little tendency.
May have a tendency to do what best -- team does sometimes.
They bring in a couple of guys off the bench a couple younger players they have a great run with a fast break offense -- pressing defense.
And then they suddenly when they're like two point sand and they're about to catch the other team.
They say what I was fun now we'll go back to our cautious half court -- I'm a little worried that the Romney campaign has a little tendency.
To go back to the cautious half court game to say hey guess what the economy's not too good -- it would get back to the and -- criticisms of Obama.
Which are legitimate but still people know that already and the endless focus on the fact there -- jobs instead of really framing -- as a big.
Choice for the future which is what the Romney but that what they've been doing effectively in the last 1012 days as President Obama acknowledged last night.
Well and then talk about criticisms of the president there's a front page article in the New York Times about the Exelon Corp.
The president's utility in that it supplied electricity to his home there in Chicago.
But it turns out -- -- executives have had some pretty close ties to the president.
Yeah and look I mean this is -- legitimate things it's nice to New York Times taking a look at one or two things that are problematic for President Obama I think at the end of the day.
This election does turn on the big choice for the future of the big budget choice the choice about the size -- scope of government the choice that religious liberty.
An awful lot of choices ahead that that hinge on this one election.
And it's -- to have other groups raise some of these issues about the Obama administration certainly crony capitalism is -- legitimate complaint.
But I think it's it probably does best when -- -- -- the biggest possible contacts and it's a context of a choice of two futures for the country.
Bill Kristol from the weekly standard.