Will Obama Be Toast In November?
Senator Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, has been tapped to reprise his role of playing President Obama to help Mitt Romney prepare for his debates.
Slugfest: The Romney-Obama Debates. Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by bobmorris. Credit: Alison Jackson. Here is a brief excerpt from an article by James Fallows and featured in The Atlantic. To read the complete article, check out others, …
After a highly successful nomination after which the Republicans have pulled ahead, Romney now faces debates with a slick talker that’s successfully sold snake oil, but Romney should win the debates.
Why Will Romney Should Win The Debates?
Because Obama will be forced to answer questions on,
The threat of inflation
And government spending
An Romney will force Obama to expand on:
The failed stimulus package
All three of which are very unpopular with voters and Obama owns them.
Obama In The Hot Seat
Romney will force Obama to defend his unpopular failures and will use the same phrases in his attacks that ordinary Americans have been using for the past three years.
And all the above will coupled with attack ads and promotion ads paid from the mountain of cash he has been unable to spend before the Republican National Convention.
The Bush And Kerry Difference
What will separate Romney from Kerry is that Romney has a record of his own to promote.
The Difference Between Obama And Bush
What separates Obama from Bush is that Bush was more popular at this point in 2004 and enough voters had confidence in him on the important issues.
In contrast, Obama is struggling to keep his approval rating above 40-43% and is failing in the two categories most voters are concerned about, namely jobs and the economy.
According to Gallup, 43% say economic conditions are bad and 59% say things are getting worse, and Obama is losing to Romney on the economy, by 48-35.
Obama won’t be able to breeze through these debates with Romney as he did with McCain because Romney’s team will have prepared plenty and all the zingers, and one-liners will be prepackaged and ready for delivery.
Obama would much prefer to be the one talking and setting the tone behind his calm demeanor, but as the incumbent with a failed record to defend, he will not get that opportunity.