Challenges for 2012 presidential campaigns
What do Romney, Obama need to do?
- Duration 5:44
- Date Oct 3, 2012
What do Romney, Obama need to do?
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And just ahead of tonight's presidential debate the race is tightening -- -- -- governor Mitt Romney have their work cut out for them.
In -- final stretch of the campaign as the race narrows nationally and in some key battleground states and NBC news Wall Street Journal poll.
-- President Obama is in the lead now with 49% of the vote compared to governor Romney with 46%.
But that's down.
From the five point lead the president had earlier in the month Mary Katharine Ham.
Is the editor at large for hot air dot com -- Fox News contributor Juan Williams is a Fox News political -- he's out in Denver.
Bob good to see both Mary Katherine had the president however has a commanding.
Lead among women.
Why is that what's he gonna do about it what's Romney gonna do about it and is Romney gonna try to -- Address that tonight.
Well I think in 2010 there -- a swing towards Republicans among independents and among women Republicans actually won them in 2010 I think that freaks Democrats out rightly.
And they went on the Rampage on this messaging you heard the war on women mean all summer along which I think was.
Well mostly fabricated and and I think it had some success and -- they've been worried about.
But no I wouldn't have to win women when he does have to do is peel off some of Obama's voters and so they were brightly trying to shore that up.
And so I think that's that's what he's up against I think showing them.
On the debate stage look.
I'm a guy who is that confident who's Smart who can discuss the issues I think you -- make some progress with those undecided when.
-- I want to want to show you a couple of -- swing state polls these are important states were talking about Florida and Virginia.
The president had a decent.
One could say sizable lead not anymore in Florida according to this latest Wall Street Journal our poll.
The president has a one point lead in the sunshine state in Virginia -- a two point lead so what's going on -- has the gap.
Well I think you're gonna see it go back and forth correct but.
I think the important point here for President Obama think he maintains the lead for Mitt Romney I think the emphasis is.
That he's got to do better in those states you know if you look at the rest of the swing states particularly Ohio you see the president.
Really extending that lead so -- order for Mitt Romney to have any route to the 270 electoral votes that you'll need.
He's got to have some chance to win Florida and it's really it's just so critical for him.
And by the way I just wanted to say Mary -- -- that this war on woman is off fabrication I just can't believe she said that because.
If you stop and look at the Republican platform you know no you -- no exception for rape and incest if you think about what.
Tied Aiken had to stay in Missouri if you think about amendments and things that would in the ball -- Ryan and on the plane to do it with.
I think it has not -- for the Republican Party need you now I'm saying these are well represented by Republican wanna see it as Stinson.
Yes and -- whole -- started with Planned Parenthood and started with the fact that some taxpayers don't think that we should be paying for everyone else is birth control and Planned Parenthood I -- about the I think there and I don't think I don't think that was a true Mary -- voters as you know.
For several years have tended to perverse prefer split power in Washington DC.
-- take a look at this poll now again the Wall Street Journal just out for the first time of the journal's polling going back to that in 1980s.
A majority of voters 52%.
Pulled through their support behind one party rule.
Very Catherine is that a sign that Americans are absolutely fed up with partisan shipping gridlock.
And he's that kind of a slap at the Republican Party.
I think there's a sign of of some of batters also as -- as they the poll points out.
Our lead the folks writing about the -- point out that this happens a little bit closer to general election because both sides both sides the partisans Harden up and -- we want our guys in power -- everything.
But I would remind everyone that the Democrats have power for two years and they had at one point -- a filibuster percent -- an Obama didn't.
Get a whole lot done and he complains about Republican obstructionism -- look at it running for the couple areas where he has.
He has remained strong for instance on the federal spending.
And on dealing with the deficit -- the debt I think they're hitting that it adds I think you can hit that Madrid is something people are genuinely worried about and that he can connect it to the economy.
But he says we don't ask a question to one -- is one you know as you know unemployment is still above 8%.
I GDP is a comatose one point 3% -- -- brain dead on life support.
Bob we have a debt this -- -- of sixteen trillion dollars.
More Americans than ever before 47 million are on food stamps gasoline prices it double.
In the four years that President Obama has been in office -- What's he gonna say tonight when shortly he'll be asked about that.
Coach Gregg I think that it there's lots of positives to offer GDP clearly.
Now is far in -- that where we were when he took office if you look at Wall Street you look at.
The NASDAQ one -- the under -- those things start an 8% in the Reagan recovery it's one point 3% right now.
Again what you see as compared to where he took off it's great it's much better.
That economy I'll -- you -- the American consumer right now.
They have a much better attitude about where we're going at it they're more upbeat -- you just heard from the -- Bhutto.
You look at the hiring picture right now things look very positive all right Brian -- if I actually I asked for and went -- Juan Williams.
Out of time got to give you the -- things.
And candidacy -- both good -- wanna I wanna enjoy the sunshine out there in Denver thanks very -- that's OK -- beautiful day.
It's a beautiful place to be loved Denver -- take care.