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Obama looks to regroup; Romney seems confident

Published: Tue, October 9, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


As the White House race shows signs of tightening nationally, President Barack Obama’s campaign is banking on a massive get-out-the-vote operation and state-by-state shades of economic improvement to maintain its apparent polling edge in battlegrounds from Ohio to Virginia.

Republican Mitt Romney, re-energized by last week’s debate, is flashing new confidence on the campaign trail and pressing toward the political center on both foreign and domestic issues. But aides have outlined no clear path to winning the 270 Electoral College votes required to gain the White House.

“Things are going pretty good,” Romney said Monday.

Among Democrats, the swagger of the previous few weeks has all but vanished since the debate.

“Ultimately this is a tight race, and it’s going to remain a tight race until the end,” said Bill Burton, who runs Priorities USA Action, a pro-Obama super political action committee.

Indeed, one month from Election Day, polls show a close race. And with millions of Americans already voting and the potential for game-changing moments diminishing, the candidates have little room for error as they seek to sway a narrow swath of undecided voters.

Obama aides acknowledge Romney’s strong turn on the debate stage helped him shift gears from a rocky September. They also argue that Romney’s momentum was arrested somewhat by a Friday jobs report showing the unemployment rate declined to 7.8 percent, the lowest level of Obama’s presidency.

They say the president was thrown during the debate by what they call Romney’s willingness to abandon his previous positions, including his $5 trillion tax cut proposal. In the next debate — and in television advertisements before then — the Democrat and his aides are expected to accuse Romney of lying about his own plans.

Romney’s team, meanwhile, is tempering expectations that tightening national polls will translate into success on the ground in the key states most likely to decide the race. Things may be moving in the right direction, they say, but significant work remains. Still, they’re seeking to paint Obama’s campaign as desperate.

“It seems pretty clear that their new strategy is basically just call us liars, to descend down into a mud pit and hopefully, with enough mudslinging back and forth and distortion, people will get demoralized and they can win by default,” said Romney running mate Paul Ryan.


1kurtw(1759 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

"Descend" into the Mud pit. That's funny. When did the Democrat's ever leave? The Mud pit is their normal home. They have to attack Romney because that's all they have. Obama's record (which is what this Election is all about) can't be defended.

How many generations of Americans into the future did Obama's wild spending of borrowed money (aided by N.P. and H.R.) mortgage? Two, three? ( and growing if make the idiotic mistake of giving him a second term: giving Obama another four years is like a man, who just shot himself in the left foot, saying: "That felt good! Lets just keep going." So what does he do: He shoots himself in the right foot!)

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2Punchy(5 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Romney says he has a 5 point plan that will turn the U.S. around in 10 years and that's even after Obama decreased unemployment that began on the Republican Administrations watch. Obama has turned the U.S. around from the last administration's watch whether the Republicans like it or not. Why does Romney only give Obama less then 4 years to better this record and Romney gives himself 10 years on top of Obama's 4 years? Republicans can talk all they want about "entitlement programs", but the military is the biggest entitlement program the U.S. spends wildly on and Romney only wants to increase that spending more..., and is more than willing to create another Iraq by invading Iran.
That's a Romney plan to turn the U.S. around.
More troops to lower the unemployment lines as welll as private industry start up to supply the Military and war needs and goods.
Obama has not yet begun to put Romney where he belongs. Regroup? More like Re-energize.

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3redeye1(5615 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

punchy The only thing that BO has done is to raise gas prices to double what they were when he was elected that alone, has cost the middle class a boatload of money by raising prices on everything else such as food and many other goods. He has also made welfare a way of life for people. They don't have to work,if they don't want to, their EBT cards can be used for just about anything from dining out, to buying things, that most people who work, can't afford. While they work under the table making tax-free monies. The debate showed the true BO , he can't speak without a telepromter and someone else writing his answers He has to go !!!!!!!!!!! He is just plain incompentent just admit it!

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476Ytown(1345 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

According to the MVP study, the Pentagon and the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) failed to comply with the MOVE Act by providing registration offices on every military base to make it easier for military members to vote. The Department of Defense’s Inspector General confirmed these findings in a report.


Military support Romney 2 - 1:


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5IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago


Unemployment went UP
Stock Market went DOWN
US went into Iraq and Afghanistan
Lehman Bros went Bankrupt
The banks were FAILING


Unemployment is DOWN
Stock Market is UP
Bin Laden is DEAD
US is OUT of Iraq and scaling down Afghanistan.
The banks are STABLE


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6WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago


Maybe if Bush were running your stupid comment would matter. But he isn't.

-Al Qaeda is ALIVE
-US Ambassador is DEAD
-47 million on FOOD STAMPS
-16.2 trillion dollars in DEBT
-Gasoline prices up 250%
-Grocery prices up 15%
-Income down 8.2%
-MILLIONS left the labor force
-43 months of 8%+ unemployment
-Are YOU better off now than four years ago?


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7harleydog(243 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago


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