The Daily Rundown | October 09, 2012
>>> good morning from washington, it's four weeks until election day , tuesday, october 10. will romney serve in national polling translate into gains where it really matters t battleground states , the mimpb battleground states of iowa, wisconsin and ohio . romney will not be president unless he can put these states in play. in a new pew poll conducted since wednesday. just last month in the same poll, romney trailed by eight points. driving romney surge, a spike in republican enthusiasm, more republicans made it through pew's likely voter screen than democrats. and a larger group of registered voters , the candidates are tied at 46. while it's unlikely returns on election day make it unlikely in this pew sample that romney has the upper hand. and looking inside the pew numbers, we're looking at an unlikely -- now romney leads by six, 50-44. will we see that same shift in the battleground state polls? we'll have to see what happened what happens.
>> this is the last day for voters to register to vote there, that's why they're both there. romney kicks off a two-day ohio journey, he'll be back in ohio again on friday. meanwhile the president holds an evening rally at ohio state university in columbus. by the way romney starts his day on a family farm in central iowa. another midwestern battleground state . paul ryan does his debate prep today in florida. the vice president signalled a new urgency to voters saying, quote, i very much sbeintend to win this election, but we're only going to do it if everybody is obsessive between now and then.
>> we cannot afford to be complacent and we can't afford to be cynical. we can't do it if you've got someone who writes off half the nation before the election, but it's not going to happen if half the nation writes off itself by not voting.
>> i had a bunch of people say don't be so polite, don't be so nice. i want everybody to understand something. what what was being presented wasn't leadership, that's cease manship. .
>> and then the president took the muppets attack on mitt romney . turning the says my street comments from romney about ending federal subsidies into pbs into what i think might have been an oj joke.
>> for all you moms and kids out there, you could have confidence that finally somebody is cracking down on big bird . elmo has been seen in in a white suburban, he's driving for the border.
>> okay, i'm sorry, i saw it a couple of times, i'm like did he say what? nch this morning the obama campaign is out amplifying the says my street not wall street adark. the ad is not going to air in a single battleground state , it's only being bought on national cable, so they tell me. take a look at it.
>> bernie madoff, criminals, gluttons of greed and the evil genius who towered over them. one man has the guts to speak his name.
>> big bird , big bird , big bird .
>> it's me, big bird .
>> mitt romney knows it's not wall street you have to worry about, it's " sesame street ."
>> it's six days later, the obama campaign seems to be looking back at the campaign and not able to turn the page after the debate. maybe it's part of the entire qualm pain conversation. you have to ask yourself, every time they bring up the debate, is that good for obama? or is that good for romney .
>>> driving rain didn't keep romney from --
>> people w07bd why it is i'm so confident that we're going to win. i'm confident because i see you here on a stay like this, this is unbelievable.
>>> unemployment has droppeded below the 8% mark. we wondered if romney would have to drop one of his favorite quotes, that the united states has been above 8%.
>> if you look back 60 years and you look at all the months we had of unemployment over 8%. under this president there's been 43 months, under one president alone.
>> you see governor mcdonnell back there, his hair still looks good even if it's soaking wet. romney showed that softer sides on that temperaturing speech talking about a dying 14-year-old boy he befriended from the san francisco show "saturday night lights jrktsz.
>> david didn't make it, but he did not lose, david's one of my heroes rp heroes, he's one of the confidence builders i have in america's future.
>> romney 's retooled speech is evidence of a growing role of ann romney and the couple's oldest son tag in the campaign that they're the ones pushing candidate romney to humanize himself, play all the charitable size. yesterday romney also passed out mcdonald's to reporters and had an impromptu rope line where he shook the hands of fourth and fifth graders. the next potential turning point in the campaign will come thursday when vice president biden and paul ryan fates off in danville, kentucky. last night the debate got a mention before a crowd of 4,000 in michigan by a guy who introduced ryan as a fellow hunter and a fellow fan of rock 'n roll, none other than mr. kid rock .
>> i enjoyed it so much, i think i might throw a keg party for interview den debate. with a flint, michigan affiliate ended abbankruruptly ended with ryan .
>> the best thing to fight crime in inner cities is to --
>> you can do all that by cutting taxes, with a big tax cut ?
>> those are your words, not mine, thank you very much sir.
>> that was kind of strange.
>> the campaign that was michael steele the press secretary was putting a white paper in front of the camera. the reporter knew he was already well over the allotted time to the interview when he decided to ask a weird question. ryan spongded as anyone would in such a situation, when you do nearly 12 hung interviews in a couple of months, eventually you're going to see a local reporter embarrass himself.
>>> romney will take questions on thursday night at the winter green resort in virginia where he even did debate prep on an indoor tennis court we're told. he's in florida for more debate prep.
>> joe biden is one of the best debaters we have seen in modern politics, he's been doing this 40 years, he ran for president twice and for vice president. this is my first time on a substantial stage.
>> ryan is reviewing biden 's 2004 debate with sarah palin . on monday ryan attacked what he says is the democrats strategy now.
>> i really think that because they had such a bad debate that joe is going to come flying at us. it seems their new strategy is to basically call us liars, to descend down into a mud pit and hopefully with enough mud slinging , people will get demoralized and they can win by default.
>> vice president biden has also been reviewing video of ryan 's speeches in interviews and he's also reading ryan 's book now.
>> what i have been doing mostly is quite frankly studying up on congressman ryan 's positions on the issues. and governor romney has embraced embraceded everything i can say. i don't want to say anything in the debate that's not completely accurate.
>> two of them are going to be seated and that does change sort of how candidates interact. trust me, spirit over the years has shown