Candidate strategies in swing states working?
Weighing Romney, Obama approaches
- Duration 4:12
- Date Oct 24, 2012
Weighing Romney, Obama approaches
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Aside America's election headquarters now less than two weeks away from Election Day and it's all coming down to the swing states as this race gets even tighter.
The real clear average of political polls showing governor Romney with a slight edge leading the president 48 to 47%.
Joining us now David Drucker the associate politics editor at roll call the president is out now touting his economic plans for the second term.
In his glossy new brochure that I guess is gonna get married may get may old.
To several million households Y -- now David.
Well the president's taken a lot of flak from from his own supporters people in his own party for not present team.
I think any brand new and second term agenda in other words proposals that it.
Maybe some proposals left over from the first term that he didn't complete but things that are completely brand new I'm actually surprised.
He didn't do it in his kind of convention speech it's something that I for.
I predicted and I was wrong the president.
Has offered new goals but he hasn't -- really new programs and I think that the campaign must have felt that that.
Was hurting him -- voters and so I think they're trying to move to correct it.
There was a quote this morning on the political website Politico that I wanted to share with -- and you get your reaction to it.
Glenn thrush writes everything was going well for -- -- -- until about 904 on the night of October 3 that's have been Denver debate.
When Mitt Romney startled everybody by refusing to live up to his caricature.
As the worst candidate ever.
Does that suggest that all of the negative advertising the president and his team had done sort of evaporated at that Denver podium.
I wouldn't say that it evaporated we still have a very close race and I think Mitt Romney and in many of these states.
Still in a sense has to make it very clear to voters that he is not the guy they're seen in the ads and they're still a ton of apps out there but clearly.
Voters saw something completely different than they had expected you know when you know one thing I'd point out -- Mitt Romney did extremely well in that debate it clearly changed the nature of this race.
But -- -- you have to wonder -- what if he had been able to present that kind of a picture of voters much earlier in the campaign.
Where would he be now if he was able -- do so much in just 1 evening.
-- is that why the president especially in the last debate kept accusing Romney of changing his positions in the hand and saying you know you that's not how you set it X number of months ago that kind of thing.
Well look the president's strategy from day one has been to disqualify Mitt Romney in the eyes of voters it's not just to say that he's wrong but to make him completely on palatable so he's not a viable alternative no I think.
That overall that strategy has failed but it's something that the president and his team continue to stick to.
And I think that's how they see and that's how they see themselves overcome mean.
The -- first term record and an economic record as many voters see it which is clearly -- the president in fact I think it shows you.
This is how good the president has done to defy gravity given you know how people feel about the economy.
In the overall direction of the country even though some of that that polling has these tightened in some areas so.
-- look I think the that's the president's strategy he's sticking to it I think Mitt Romney is trying to present himself.
There's somebody who has a second term agenda that's going to work out better the last four years and where we'll see how it works in the states of matter.
And it's all about motivating the base at this point.
Well at this -- -- race so close you wanna make sure every one of your supporters turns out.
There are some undecided voters out there not many but enough for you wanna get to -- you wanna get to the independence.
And you didn't you want to make sure that there is a lot of enthusiasm and momentum on your side if you can and and so I think that's what you see both sides trying to do.
And -- especially when you have races that are going to be decided by just a couple points and things like ground game and base enthusiasm.
And the general idea that you're a winner can really make a difference all right David Drucker from roll call going to be fascinating these last mile less than two weeks David thanks.