For months now, President Obama’s reelection campaign has successfully used 30-second television ads to define Romney as an uncaring robot at best, and a murderous, job-killing, cancer-causing vampire at worst. You could see this in last month’s Pew poll, which showed that only 45 percent of Americans had a favorable view of Romney and only 41 percent said his policies would help the middle class. Overall, Obama led Romney 51 percent to 42 percent in that poll.
But then last Wednesday’s presidential debate changed everything. After Americans had their first opportunity to see the real Romney for 90 minutes, the latest Pew poll now shows that 50 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Romney and 49 percent believe his policies would help the middle class. Overall, Romney is now beating Obama 49 percent to 45 percent.
On which candidate has new ideas, Romney now leads 47 percent to 40 percent. On who would do a better job reducing the deficit, Romney leads 51 percent to 36 percent. On who would do a better job improving the job situation, Romney leads 49 percent to 41 percent. And on taxes Romney leads 47 percent to 43 percent.
Obama does still lead on some issues, including Medicare (46-43), health care (47-44), and foreign policy (47-43). But the Pew poll shows that on the biggest issues of the day, jobs and the economy, voters may have finally given up on the president. A firm majority of Americans, 54 percent, believe that Obama doesn’t know how to turn the economy around. If Romney continues to convince Americans that he is a competent and credible alternative to Obama’s failed policies, he will win.
From The Washington Examiner
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Steve Contorno: Allen, Kaine clash in second Senate debate
Polls: According to a new poll of more than 3,100 active and reserve troops by Military Times, the professional core of the U.S. military overwhelmingly favors Romney over Obama, 66 percent to 26 percent.
Obama: The Daily Beast‘s Peter Schweizer and Peter Boyer report on how Obama uses campaign fundraising law loopholes to goose their online fundraising totals. The Obama campaign has released a 30 second video attacking Romney on Big Bird.
Romney: The Romney campaign declined to participate in Nickelodeon’s ‘Kids Pick the President’ special yesterday.
In Other News
The Wall Street Journal, Global Recession Risk Rises: The global economy risks skidding toward recession just three years after pulling out of the previous one, the International Monetary Fund warned, adding that fighting a renewed world-wide downturn will be much more complex than it was in 2009.
Fox News, Plant that got $150M in taxpayer money to make Volt batteries furloughs workers: President Obama touted it in 2010 as evidence “manufacturing jobs are coming back to the United States,” but two years later, a Michigan hybrid battery plant built with $150 million in taxpayer funds is putting workers on furlough before a single battery has been produced.
McClatchy Newspapers, Libya militias lay siege to pro-Gadhafi city in another sign of chaos: Thousands of Libyan security force members and hundreds of militiamen have massed around the Libyan town of Bani Walid in a show of force that underscores how tense and fragile the country’s security situation remains, nearly one month after an attack by Islamist militants on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
At The Corner, James Capretta explains how Romney’s health care plan covers pre-existing conditions.
The New York Times‘ David Brooks makes the case for the Romney-Ryan Medicare plan.
Princeton economist Harvey Rosen tells The Weekly Standard that the Obama campaign is misrepresenting his study on Romney’s tax plan.
Andrew Sullivan freaks out over the Pew poll saying, ” I’ve never seen a candidate this late in the game, so far ahead, just throw in the towel in the way Obama did last week.”
Talking Points Memo‘s Josh Marshall pleads with liberals not to lose their minds over Romney’s rise in the polls.
Think Progress posts Mr. Rogers’ “Powerful Defense Of Federal Funding For PBS.”