New polls show close race in key battleground states
Roll Call associate politics editor David Drucker weighs in
- Duration 5:53
- Date Sep 3, 2012
Roll Call associate politics editor David Drucker weighs in
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Meantime the president is not wasting any campaign opportunities he is -- four key battleground states before arriving in Charlotte.
For the Democratic National Convention let's take a look at those states where the president is headed.
He's going to be paying a visit to Iowa and if you look at the poll numbers.
This race could not be any tighter take a look at Iowa 45%.
For the president to 44 point eight.
For Mitt Romney that's the real clear politics average the president also headed to Colorado where it's a 47 point six.
In Ohio if I can get the number of the magic board -- -- the Ohio numbers 466.
For the president.
To 45 point 24 Mitt Romney the president also stopping in Virginia.
And I just can't make the Virginia but more.
Well let me tell you the numbers in Virginia.
There there we see a 47 point 3%.
Four the president 46 point 74 mr.
Romney now only in North Carolina among all these polls -- only in North Carolina.
Does Mitt Romney come out in there were on top in the real clear politics average 46 point 5%.
About a point and a third better than the president's 45 point three let's talk about it now with David Drucker.
He's associate politics editor and roll call.
You know the folks at Gallup were taking a look at the quote unquote post convention bounce for Mitt Romney and not finding any.
Does that matter do you agree with their assessment.
Well Dallas professional they do a good job so I'm not -- argue with Gallup.
And you always want to bounce coming out of the convention if you can get it but the reason we call it bounces because it usually comes back down to earth a little bit so I think.
That's a look at Mitt -- convention we have to ask did he accomplished the goals that he set out to accomplish did he get done what he needed to get done.
And from the perspective of making sure people know more about who he is is a person to combat the Obama administration's.
I should say -- comic campaign's.
Narrative of him as and evil businessman who wants to take all of your money and send it overseas.
I think that they did something that was very necessary people know about his private life they know that he's a good guy they know that he's generous and so.
Now they need to continue to make the case that his policies would make the country better would create jobs and I think that's -- the debates are really gonna come into play.
Well and a lot of money has been spent trying to characterize both of these campaigns and so far the Democrats have spent more when you look at the total outlays so far.
Governor Romney in the Republicans have spent about 326.
Million on this race President Obama and the Democrats 481.
And there is still money yet to be spent.
With governor Romney in the Republicans having about a 119.
Million in the bank President Obama and the Democrats a 103.
So you know at this point these two are essentially tied the Democrats have spent more money.
But Romney has more in the bank that's got to be good news.
For his side.
Well their plan was to survive the summer when the governor Romney only had access to primary money not any of the general election money he's been raising.
And they felt that if they can get through the summer and all the personal attacks on them Romney's character and his business career.
That they would.
Emerge from their convention finally with all of the money they've been raising suspend.
And it would put them in a good position going forward and I do think in the battleground states like Ohio and Iowa.
And Colorado where they can now unleash all of their money.
They're in a in a very good position and and the question then remains do they have the ground game to get out the vote operation.
And the connection with voters on the ground.
To turn their voters out because we know that the Obama team is doing this at a level probably technologically that we've never seen.
They've spent a lot of money invested there and they're -- be.
They're going to be able to do with what they need to do there.
Of course the caveat as you can turn them out you can't force them to vote for you know the voters no president or.
Obama or they think they do I mean they -- on TV every day that he's able to use the bully pulpit of the presidency.
If the Republican Convention was the start of introducing.
Voters to Mitt Romney.
Then he's got the money to spend to be able to have to -- highlight some of the accomplishments that he wants people don't know.
Correct correct and what I think events it is important for him to do now is to focus on.
His plans for fixing things it doesn't have to get too complicated I'm not a big.
-- -- tactics wise of getting into deep specifics of a lot of white papers at 59 point plan didn't didn't do if Korea.
Well politically it doesn't it doesn't help matters that's why Mitt Romney boil -- down to a five point plan but I think he needs to spend a lot of time talking about his plans for tax reform.
And things of that nature I do think the convention was the place where he needed to talk about who he is a person.
And I think now he needs to go forward and talk about how his policies are gonna make the country better.
And I think he needs to attack the president from a leadership perspective which I think he's done a decent job -- and I think that's -- the debates are going to be so crucial.
And of course the president gets a chance this week to reset his presidency a bit if he can he's gonna look try and explain why.
We -- doing as best as we can at this point probably better.
And if you just give me a little more time if we don't go back the policies that got us into this mess.
Then we're gonna make sure.
We end up where we want to be that's going to be a big argument of his we know that he's a very effective campaign -- and so be interesting to see how the public reacts to his.
Nomination acceptance speech on Thursday we started off the -- And by saying you know highlighting the polls that show these two campaigns essentially tied.
It's going to be interesting to watch the next 64 days David Drucker thanks for watching -- --