With less than one week left until Election Day, the race is extremely sensitive. And with Superstorm Sandy in the mix, this is a very different race.
The storm stopped the race in its tracks and may very well have become the “October Surprise” to change the course of the race in its critical final days. But now the candidates return to the campaign trail after a brief break from politics. Mitt Romney makes three stops in Florida today while President Obama resumes campaigning tomorrow with a stop in Wisconsin.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser explains the dead heat in the presidential race.
Nationally, there have been eight polls, live operator and non-partisan polls, since the last presidential debate. CNN's Poll of Polls averaged them all together and Steinhauser says, “Basically, it is a dead heat.”
The poll places Mitt Romney at 48% and President Obama at 48% among likely voters. But Steinhauser points out what’s really important. “The battle for the White House is a battle for the states and their electoral votes.” The latest QuinnipiacUniversity/New York Times/CBS poll out this morning shows the president in the lead in Ohio, Florida and Virginia. But the race is still tight.
The topic of political discussion now is what Mitt Romney would do with FEMA if he were elected. “Democrats in the Obama campaign are pointing back to some comments that Mitt Romney made way back in June of 2011 in a CNN debate, a Republican presidential debate, in New Hampshire moderated by our John King.” But Romney avoided answering questions about what he would do with FEMA when reporters asked him numerous times at a disaster relief event yesterday in Ohio.
In recent weeks (since the debates), I've noticed CNN's slight bias toward Gov. Romney with their increased critique of the President's record, and continued failure to call out Gov. Romney on his outright LIES! When Sen. Kerry ran for president, he was lambasted in the press for being a "flip flopper". His statements paled by comparison to the 180 degree 11th hour "about face" that the GOP candidates have made in recent weeks.
Nobody chants "flip, flop" at Romney rallies, or "etch, a, sketch". And, the media doesn't harp on it either like they did to Kerry. CNN reporters don't hold GOP surrogates' feet to the fire when asking direct questions about such policy
changes. They stopped talking about CRITICAL points of concern in the GOP platform, like their attack on women and the poor, or their desire to cut the budget to FEMA and education. They let Republicans avoid answering direct
questions, using every second on-camera as opportunities for FREE ad time to push their talking points and agenda.
I know most of the polls show the candidates in a statistical dead heat. And, its clearly going to be a tight race. Either candidate could win on Tuesday. But, I think its a bit premature for CNN to post a graphic this morning (between 5:30
and 6) crediting Gov. Romney's statement on this morning's anticipated jobs report as coming from "PRESIDENT" Romney! Come on now CNN, the candidates aren't THAT similar!!!
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