Candidates make closing arguments in key states
Where the race stands in the final stretch
- Duration 7:13
- Date Nov 3, 2012
Where the race stands in the final stretch
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Welcome to The Journal Editorial Report -- Hope -- -- the presidential campaign kicked back into high gear late this week in the wake of hurricane sandy with both President Obama.
And Mitt Romney making their final pitches to swing state voters.
Governor Romney has been using almost all of the salesman.
-- dress up these very same policies that failed our country so bad.
The very same policies we've been cleaning up after for the past.
Four years attacking me does not create an agenda for him.
Latest campaign in his address is all about attacking we actually have a plan to get this economy going.
And joining the panel this week Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor Dan -- -- political diary editor Jason Riley -- and editorial page editor James Freeman and Washington columnist.
-- -- -- -- Dan any evidence that the hurricanes handy is going to affect this race.
I think yes I think it might in the sense that.
I I think one of the big elements in the race is Serbian -- the level of enthusiasm on both sides.
My strong sense ball is that there is an enthusiasm deficit on the democratic side right -- -- polls show that all the polls show that and I think it's it is going to be a determining factor now.
New York New Jersey Maryland.
It isn't going to decide whether you vote Obama will win those states is popular vote may be down -- I think this hurricane is gonna super stressed Obama's popular vote.
-- in the intensity for Obama.
I spoke to a Democrat pollster this week so we're not working for the Obama campaign and he agreed with Dan sentiment that.
Turnout was and an issue for Democrats enthusiasm.
Is down but he also said that he thinks.
This allowed Obama even though -- -- some days the campaign trail.
That's a loud and get out there show some leadership -- -- some bipartisanship.
Thanks for the New Jersey governor Republican Chris Christie being -- aside for a couple -- I want ask.
You in New Jersey residents yes and and and and generally a fan of governor Chris Christie what do you do you make of this.
Embrace of -- the governor with the president while our -- our colleague got pregnant and Clinton -- that you wanna keep your friends close but your president closer I think a -- certainly mr.
Is dealing with a with an emergency and trying to get help -- -- as possible it.
I think there is a sense that these kind of situations that will make people turn and embrace big government but -- heard -- and a lot of flaws in the federal response -- not getting a lot of these generators -- -- promised online quickly so.
I don't see any kind of -- on national love move toward.
For bigger government as a result Kim the other big a story this week has that -- the Romney campaign has been expanding the field and -- -- -- -- field moving into Pennsylvania with a very big ad -- much bigger than the Obama campaign and even talking a little bit about how to.
The fact that Minnesota.
Could be into play and the president was in that Wisconsin.
Eyes are closed to campaign in Iowa places where he should you think you he would've locked up do you take this expansion of the field seriously.
Yes and I think that this is part of the momentum argument -- around -- -- you've had the Obama campaign desperately trying to tamp that down saying it's not true it's not real.
The reality is what you have seen cents a Denver debate.
Is Mitt Romney pulling ahead in a lot of places now that moment and a slow down a little bit in some of these very hard -- swing states like Ohio.
And Virginia where the president is now for an a lot of resources but that that's the story is that his continued in other areas like Pennsylvania Minnesota.
Michigan and Wisconsin.
And the fact that you are going to have -- -- Romney and Ryan and separate occasions in Pennsylvania this weekend.
Suggests that they take this seriously you don't go to a statement two days before an election analysts who think there's potential.
Let's set take a look at President Obama hey -- -- attacking Mitt Romney.
You know -- It's said the character -- -- we do when we think no one is looking.
Mitt Romney thought no one was looking when he'll turn 47% of Americans.
His company ship jobs overseas and is -- -- millionaires taxes.
Reasons you -- sure.
Do -- voucher Ryan's Medicare and make catastrophic cuts to education so remember what Romney's.
What his plan would do.
Taking our name in vain again there if it's falsely I want to repeat again.
The -- time but I'm just so our viewers know the Wall Street Journal does not agree with any.
Not exactly what what do you -- do you think this is that -- If they don't ask them out of there ever a case like he eats he keeps returning to this class warfare team and its instructor that this is at its morning in Ohio.
In the midwest he thinks this.
This outsourcing hitting the rich 47%.
Plays well with lots educated white man in the midwest and that is where -- is focusing dance like that but if it is -- is that really good closing argument and what's that what that's not an argument for the second term.
It's not then I honestly do not understand it Paul it's I think it reflects.
Barack Obama's antipathy towards Mitt Romney personal.
Oh I think so I he -- want to take him down from the beginning doesn't respect Romney.
And he's been running the same anti Romney campaign at the end of the that this election as he did at the beginning.
I agree that voters are sitting out there with the economy still the number one issue waiting for the president to tell them.
What his plan is for a second term to get the economy growing than the jobs report this week -- that let let's.
Turn to a Mitt Romney and this week about President Obama.
Barack Obama says he may appoint a secretary of business in this solution to everything -- to add another bureaucrat.
-- why not have a president who actually understands business.
Under Obama millions of people can't find work and we -- more families on welfare and a record number of Americans.
Knows how to -- John.
He's done before.
James good message.
What -- sort of second half but it was positive and the first happened -- secretary of business idea.
It's it's a number of those -- -- number signs suggesting that the Obama campaign thinks it's losing we're there they're throwing out ideas only in the campaign.
Has that kind of disorganized.
Panicked equality and and as they had said another bureaucracy is not the end don't we have a secretary of commerce that is supposed to be a secretary and and we don't even mean that one I mean so the idea that we want to -- another.
Who don't a secondary business under an Obama administration is that making sure that alternative energy companies get even more of an advantage over other types of firms -- mean yeah it's my only problem that -- that I think that it actually is a distraction in the sense that I think Romney ought to be focused directly at the -- saying here's my plan -- my contrast with the president's that's when he's been most affected.