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Right now President Obama and governor Romney's -- is set to cross again on the campaign trail today this time and -- critical background state of Ohio.
Both men are trying to win tossup states like Ohio and -- key voting block as well.
As Politico reports today quote.
After decades of taking a backseat to the growing voting demographics of women Latinos middle class white man.
Are finding themselves front and center once again.
Let's get a fair and balanced debate underway we're joined by Simon Rosenberg president and founder of Indiana and a former Clinton Campaign advisor.
Mary Katharine Ham is editor at large of hot air dot com and a Fox News contributor.
Mary -- according to a Gallup poll last month Mitt Romney enjoyed a 24 point advantage among white males nationally.
Last week Reuters if so -- put it at 20%.
Or of this group.
I mean this is -- larger gender gap problem the -- -- you don't hear about which is that traditionally Democrats have had.
Problems -- men just as Republicans have had issues with wooing women and it gets worse among white.
Voters and then again it's even worse among white.
-- white male.
Not college educated voters.
And so he but here's -- think we're those guys matter they matter in Iowa Ohio.
New Hampshire and that's why they're trying to close that gap and not -- -- talking about almost exclusively women's issues at the convention was the way to do that for Democrats.
But that's what you see for instance -- about it.
Doing a radio interview he doesn't do that.
Many interviews but he did one specifically in Iowa about replacement -- yesterday which I thought is no doubt it way to sort of speak to that group and say hey.
I understand the thing that you care about and that is one of the things that they care about.
Yeah -- the president even sends out of tweets yesterday advocating advocating that the refs get back to work.
Simon and that the white males.
-- trended toward President Obama in 2000 days.
But they swung back hard to the Republican side in the 2010.
Is there any indication that they're gonna go back to Obama this time.
Well in them the data in the last few weeks I think one of the reasons you've seen the Democrats rise across the board in particular president Obama's numbers.
Is that he's winning back a bunch of those white male voters that were lost the Democrats and -- -- if you look at his numbers now.
He's very close to replicating the same coalition.
That he used to 2008 to get 53% of the vote and he's put that.
That team back together that band back together and part of what he had to do right the dividend 2010 and -- and -- twelve is that.
He had to appeal to those voters and economic grounds he had to make the economic argument.
That his plan was better than Mitt Romney's plan that he was going to be better for them I think that what you've seen in the data in the piece just before right you know we came on here.
-- housing values going up 11%.
People more optimistic about the economy they feel better about Obama's stewardship.
This is the key to him getting back to the same numbers that he got in 2008 which is enough obviously to give him -- a substantial victory in the fall.
Well and anyone 41%.
In 2008 I don't want to make it sound like like he cleaned John McCain's -- he won 41%.
We slightly better than the Democrats typically do Mary Katherine yeah.
And John that's that's the thing about these voting box that.
Tend to skew either way women for Democrats meant for our nine Republicans that you only have to -- Peel off a certain number of those voters and the and the reason we're talking about this -- -- -- now the reason we generally talk about gender -- We gonna talk about -- so intensely for allows because.
Republicans turned the tide and one women.
And some Democrats were concerned about that they spent a lot of time messaging on that the reason we're talking about now is because.
As this -- said that we are.
They're -- is closing that gap a little bit on the left but.
A lot of these guys are still hurting really bad like -- said white male.
Working class voters who have been hit hard by the economy 5528.
For Romney and -- recent study from the public religion research institute so there's a lot of work to be done and there's a message to say hey look.
This is not the new normal -- that do not be satisfied with spending about a tax money to keep this mediocre status quo there's a better place we can go and Romney needs to get on that.
This is Simon in this recession roughly half of all jobs lost have been loss to -- a white man so how does President Obama try to appeal to them.
Well because I think the white men view the economy the way that most voters here which is they know that things were really bad when -- President Obama came to office and things have gotten better and I know that not everybody who watches this believes that but that's just that's the case in the voting bloc of voters of the united.
Ryan I know -- voters things are getting better they're not where we want them to be there's nobody spike in the football here.
On the economy but clearly things are not only getting better from where they were when Obama took office the last few months.
Optimism is way up there on the economy.
The economic performance of the economy -- you just heard a minute ago is is up things are getting better people feel it and particularly those battlegrounds you're describing in Ohio.
Michigan the saving of the auto industry it was a big deal right Ohio.
One out of eight jobs in Ohio is connected to the auto industry the president stood by those workers Mitt Romney walked away from them it's having a particularly big impact.
In those midwestern battleground states well suited to be clear Romney said he favored a structured bankruptcy which is essentially what GM went through right.
No I don't think I don't think anybody in those states believe the Mitt Romney was fighting for them and during this -- when he.
Walk away from the workers and -- clearly if you look at the -- -- on this.
This issue obamas -- and by the state of Ohio fighting for the auto industry.
The unemployment rate is low in Michigan has dropped five percentage points this was a Smart move by the president he's being rewarded by the voters in the states.
We're gonna have to leave the discussion there's not a good thing I guess another one on the white males is I'm not -- who's not voting for Mitt Romney had to hear it.
Simon Rosenberg Larry Kevin and thank you -- that is.
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