NewsNation | October 16, 2012
>>> mitt romney are tried among likely voters who are women in a dozen battle ground states. it drew an angry response from joel benson, and he called the poll is an extreme outlier defying the trebds seen in every other battleground and national poll. mark murray joins us live from the site of tonight's debate. we hear from the republicans i guess last week or so regarding a couple of polls they were not happy with, but specifically, mark, what's the issue with this " usa today "/ gallup poll ?
>> there's a lot of criticism on all the polls from both sides. as you pointed out the national poll that we consider the gold standard came under criticism in this very tight contest. the obama cam taken took issue with one big thing. when you look at all the female voter, the split between obama and romney , they say they have a healthy lead, which that gallup poll showed there was a tie. in fact, our own nbc/" wall street journal " poll of maryland, ohio, virginia and florida shows president obama enjoys a double-digit lead with women . they wanted to correct the record. they thought that was a bad narrative that somehow president obama is tied with mitt romney when it comes to women .
>> mark, we talked so much about the past few weeks and months about the importance of the female voters based on just the numbers alone. you got chris matthews and others and we've brought this up. the first debate, lily ledbetter and other issues important to women voters beyond the obvious issues with the economy. specific issues were not brought up. they hope for an opportunity tonight, but this is based on the questions posed to the president and governor romney .
>> that's right. actually, the questions and how they're actually asked are going to play an important role. i will tell you, you're right. women 's issues didn't come up in the first debate. they came up in the vice presidential debate, and given they didn't come up in the first debate, i can tell you the romney campaign is confident that mitt romney moves some numbers with women when it comes to favorability and other things. they're hoping this is an opportunity for them to connect even better with women . as you pointed out, president obama is going to draw a tough contrast, the kind of contrast he did in the battleground markets of northern virginia and denver in two key swing states .
>> real quick, your first read team says regarding this gallup poll that the obama team is taking issue with, the team writes you typically don't complain about the polls when everything is going well, but in that nbc " wall street journal " poll with women in florida, ohio and virginia, double-digit lead is going in the right directions for the president.
>> well, you see why they wanted to actually fight back against that narrative. i think you hit the nail on the head there, sometimes when campaigns actually send out these types of memos, it gives off a sense of nervousness, being defensive, and sometimes you don't want that in the final stretches of the campaign. the obama camp think it was important to correct the record. we will see what the polls show after tonight's debate.