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Romney Struggles to Gain Traction in Battlegrounds
Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept 9, 2012 | Sara Murray

Posted on 09/09/2012 6:54:21 PM PDT by Innovative

With two months to Election Day, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney faces the disconcerting reality that he isn't winning most of the states he would need to beat President Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama is leading Mr. Romney by small margins in seven of the eight battleground states, all but North Carolina, according to averages of public polls compiled by RealClearPolitics. All are within the margins of error.

"Our problem in our country is not that we're not paying enough taxes," Mr. Romney said. "It's that we're spending too much money and the economy is not growing as it could and should."

"It's still a very difficult economic environment, and there's plenty of time for Romney to rally," said Mark McKinnon, a former political adviser to President George W. Bush. "Sixty days is like sixty years in political time."

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012swingstates; battleground; elections; morepollingbs; obama; romney
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I hope all the virulent Romney-haters are happy, stay home, vote third party, and let's move "Forward" to another founr years of Obama, after which there is nothing to worry about, because there isn't going to be anything left of the US as we know it.
1 posted on 09/09/2012 6:54:32 PM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

This story is pure BS


2 posted on 09/09/2012 6:56:39 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Innovative

So...a couple of flowery speeches, by Obama and Clinton, some tear—jerker lies about O “being by his dying mothers bed...lies about the “war on women”, from Sandra Fluke...and O is now winning??

If so...I guess this country deserves what it is about to get....

I just hope and PRAY I am not here to have to go through it all....


3 posted on 09/09/2012 6:59:33 PM PDT by Rca2000 ( NEVER underestimate the power of "one little election", in WI.....)
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To: Innovative

This sucks...and from a usually good paper, the WSJ. how the HELL can anyone with a functioning medulla oblongota vote for the worst President in the last 150 years??


4 posted on 09/09/2012 7:03:08 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
It's not a good paper. Its editorial staff may be right of centre but the reporters are journ0list.
5 posted on 09/09/2012 7:06:32 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Innovative

Don’t believe MSM BS. There is a HUGE movement going on behind the scenes to dethrone The Self Annointed One. Anyone that doesn’t vote is casting a vote for Obama and the destruction of this country as you’ve known it. Please vote despite the MSM who lies to you on a daily basis so that you will lose hope and do exactly what they want you to do; not vote.


6 posted on 09/09/2012 7:06:45 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Innovative

Hey, at least they’ll have their “principles”

SMH


7 posted on 09/09/2012 7:07:15 PM PDT by MeanGreen2008
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To: SoFloFreeper

Becaue Milquetoast Mitt doesn’t inspire confidence in anyone.

At least Obama and the dems are bold about their lies.


8 posted on 09/09/2012 7:07:20 PM PDT by Cato in PA (1/26/12: Bloody Thursday)
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To: Innovative

Struggling is an understatement. His own ppl today said he is behind in OH around 9 points.

Some of you need to wake up, acknowledge Romney is the worst disaster ever for the GOP and make sure this doesn’t happen again. And this is only going to get worse til election day.


9 posted on 09/09/2012 7:07:26 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Innovative

Gee, maybe a conservative would be a better candidate.The establishment forced romnuts on us so dont give me any of your rino loving crap.


10 posted on 09/09/2012 7:08:09 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I agree and they are going to do it. And the reason is we’ve been saddled with Romney. THAT is how bad Romney is.


11 posted on 09/09/2012 7:08:22 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: RIghtwardHo

That poll oversampled dems by 10


12 posted on 09/09/2012 7:09:36 PM PDT by aheckle
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To: Innovative

With a compliant media, more and more people getting government handouts, and increasing numbers of illegals brought in as a voting block, it doesn’t surprise me at all. Obama is aloof, but Romney can’t seem to connect with enough voters to make a big difference. I hope the battleground polls are merely oversampling Dems.

Much will hinge on the debates. I’m not going to underestimate the stupidity of the voting public.


13 posted on 09/09/2012 7:09:54 PM PDT by CASchack
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To: Innovative

Even Reagan couldn’t win in these times. People don’t want work, they want food stamps and public housing. 0bama gives them what they want and therefore is overwhelmingly popular....Romney is toast


14 posted on 09/09/2012 7:10:24 PM PDT by GR_Jr. ("On Nov.6 I guess I will swallow that bitter pill called Mitt Romney...only to stop 0bama")
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To: RIghtwardHo

Please stop lying. They did not say that. That has been debunked.


15 posted on 09/09/2012 7:11:19 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Innovative

Folks, get used to stories like this. The MSM is doing this on purpose to demoralize the right. These stories will continue until election day. Don’t fall for it!! Note that these stories are emerging right after the DNC convention which even from objective sources, was a flop.


16 posted on 09/09/2012 7:12:01 PM PDT by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: RIghtwardHo
His own ppl today said he is behind in OH around 9 points.

Source?

17 posted on 09/09/2012 7:13:49 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Innovative
The government-run media will go out of their way to protect 0bama during these debates. They'll be the most BIASED debates ever, let alone 0bama having the questions in advance. Romney better be prepared to go 'NEWT' on 0bama AND the moderators or else he'll get trampled. Regardless, I still think the left will have a tough time getting their constituents OFF THE COUCH AND TO THE POLLS due to lack of passion for 0bama.

The 0bamamedia is attempting to shape the outcome of this election with their typical FALSE NARRATIVE that 0bama's in the lead, in the hopes that the sheep will follow.. If Carter/Reagan race is any indication, this historically doesn't work. If the sheep think 0bama's going to win, they'll stay home and God knows they lack enthusiasm from the outset this time around.

Yet unknown is the 'October surprise'; Israel/Iran could go at it and at first blush it would seem 0bama could get a 'wartime president' bounce out of it but such an event WOULD UNDERSCORE 0BAMA'S FOREIGN POLICY FAILURE TO AVOID SUCH A CONFRONTATION which could end up hurting him big time. After all, the OBL raid didn't help 0bama as expected because everyone knows he's a coward who always votes 'present' so as to avoid upsetting anyone.

18 posted on 09/09/2012 7:14:57 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: RIghtwardHo
His own ppl today said he is behind in OH around 9 points.

Still carrying the Left's bilgewater I see.

19 posted on 09/09/2012 7:15:02 PM PDT by Chunga (Ron Paul is a fruitcakey jackass.)
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To: RIghtwardHo
Struggling is an understatement. His own ppl today said he is behind in OH around 9 points.

Where? Post a link for that one, please.

20 posted on 09/09/2012 7:15:17 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (Obama, a ship sailing on yesterday's wind)
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To: TonyInOhio

He is quoting the Pulitico piece.


21 posted on 09/09/2012 7:16:07 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Innovative

This election cycle is the most frustrating of my lifetime. Obama is the most destructive force in our history and you have leftists, ABRs, holier than thous , marxists, communists, all ready to continue this destruction for four more years.


22 posted on 09/09/2012 7:16:34 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Innovative

I’ll bet it was Sandy Fluke the condom lady who got all the Oh...bah...mah zombies all riled up. How did this once great country turn into a sh*thouse so fast?


23 posted on 09/09/2012 7:16:56 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Diversity and political correctness. The real reason 09-11-01 happened.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

I am honestly firmly convinced that many here on FreeRepublic really don’t want Obama defeated. I’m not a psychologist, but it seems that so many would rather complain about the “bad candidate” than actually do something about it.

Here in Western PA, I have still not seen an Obama sign. I have seen plenty of Romney/Ryan signs, including the two in my own yard.


24 posted on 09/09/2012 7:17:03 PM PDT by swpa_mom
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To: Chunga
Troll ---> RIghtwardHo
25 posted on 09/09/2012 7:17:03 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: Perdogg

PPP stating on Twitter that their new Ohio poll has it 50-45. +2 from their last one. And PPP is a partisan Democrat pollster.


26 posted on 09/09/2012 7:19:25 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: GlockThe Vote

What do you expect from a country where the biggest TV Star is “Honey Boo Boo”?


27 posted on 09/09/2012 7:19:26 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Sorry...he’s run a good campaign. If we lose it’s not because we didn’t run Newt, Michelle or whatever pure conservative you think should have won the primary. It’s because Obama has brainwashed too many.


28 posted on 09/09/2012 7:20:10 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Arthurio

Yes I saw it. I laughed.


29 posted on 09/09/2012 7:20:15 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: RIghtwardHo
I get the part that you dislike Mitt Romney, but how about using some facts instead of making crap up? The last Ohio poll result available is the Dispatch poll, which showed the race tied at 45/45. Here's a link to an actual result:

The closest Dispatch Poll in modern history shows the races for president and U.S. Senate in a dead heat in battleground Ohio.

30 posted on 09/09/2012 7:20:16 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (Obama, a ship sailing on yesterday's wind)
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To: TonyInOhio

The Gravitas Marketing poll is the latest on Rass. and it had Romney up.


31 posted on 09/09/2012 7:21:56 PM PDT by Jaguarmike
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To: RIghtwardHo

When did his own people say that? Are you taking some Politoho hack writer’s word for it? No way in heck Obama is up 9 in OH.


32 posted on 09/09/2012 7:23:04 PM PDT by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: RIghtwardHo
His own ppl today said he is behind in OH around 9 points.

Pretty weak and blatantly transparent for a troll!

33 posted on 09/09/2012 7:23:22 PM PDT by neocon1984
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To: Perdogg

And when it comes to immigration, the editorial page is as leftwing as they come, both in the policies they advocate and the shameless, guilt-ridden rhetoric they use.


34 posted on 09/09/2012 7:24:25 PM PDT by Aetius
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To: swpa_mom

Conservatism can turn from a viewpoint with larger reasons to exist into a fetish of its own accord, and then this sort of thing happens. More respectable are the folks who map out some kind of plausible plan for how Peroting Obama back into office will be a better long term strategy for taking the country “back.” They may or may not be correct about the chances for their plan, but at least they are being rational about it.


35 posted on 09/09/2012 7:24:48 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: Innovative

I’ll vote for the dirtbag. But make no mistake about it, he IS a dirtbag. And if he loses, it will be because the GOP powers-that-be stuck us with the worst conceivable candidate: an unprincipled, fabian socialist empty-suit RINO magic-underwear wearing Myth.

I swear the GOP has a death wish.

Hank


36 posted on 09/09/2012 7:25:40 PM PDT by County Agent Hank Kimball (Myth Romney is a vile Fabian Socialist - his opponent is infinitely worse. How did it come to this?)
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To: Innovative

Vote against Obama will be very strong. I will vote against Obama and I am Independent.


37 posted on 09/09/2012 7:27:44 PM PDT by jennychase
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To: RIghtwardHo

His own ppl today said he is behind in OH around 9 points.
____________________________________________

Oh noez

Mr Rubber did not bounce...


38 posted on 09/09/2012 7:27:50 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

Semi reasonable people who used to have a home in the Democrats are now spurned by same Rats. So they find a home in the GOP and it embraces territory that part of the Democrats used to.


39 posted on 09/09/2012 7:27:56 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: Perdogg

no- i think its pretty much true if you think the election will turn out as the polls predict- which i don’t since there’s 1) a 5% gap between the number of people who consider themselves Republican versus those who consider themselves rats and 2) the enthusiasm gap...

what these papers seem to avoid reporting are the polls that show obama watching his support in blue states (Connecticut, NJ, New Mexico) that gave him a huge advantage in ‘08 slowly diminish...

my point is not that Romney will win NJ or CT or NM rather don’t tell me that as obama struggles with single digit advantages in state he won by a 13%, 15%, 18% in ‘08, he’s going to win states he squeaked by in 2008 by 3%, 1%, 5%...


40 posted on 09/09/2012 7:28:43 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: neocon1984

And if Romney was struggling so bad why would he be running ads in WI


41 posted on 09/09/2012 7:28:45 PM PDT by aheckle
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To: RIghtwardHo
Struggling is an understatement. His own ppl today said he is behind in OH around 9 points.

Ah! So, you swallowed the propaganda in Politico whole.

Which raises the question: Are you really in favor of Obama winning? Or are you just gullible?

42 posted on 09/09/2012 7:31:53 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: Innovative
Oh, goodness, stop blaming conservatives and free speech.

Blame the party; maybe he can pull out a good debate but

you are dealing with people who seem to want a government safety net.

Those people are being indoctrinated every day.

43 posted on 09/09/2012 7:34:14 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

They didn’t say it. Too bad for you!


44 posted on 09/09/2012 7:34:20 PM PDT by Chunga (Ron Paul is a fruitcakey jackass.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

If the anti Romney types had a plausible plan....but they’re all over the place. They just don’t like Romney, but they also didn’t like the other candidates in the primary. Oh, one will say Newt, one will say Santorum, Perry, etc., but there is no ‘plan’ as I see it. Take the senate? Good plan, except for one little problem - there is a man in the White House willing and able to just sign executive orders to bypass the legislative branch entirely.


45 posted on 09/09/2012 7:35:04 PM PDT by swpa_mom
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To: Christie at the beach
you are dealing with people who seem to want a government safety net.

The bad economy actually helps Obama because of this.

46 posted on 09/09/2012 7:35:31 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: RIghtwardHo
His own ppl today said he is behind in OH around 9 points.

You actually believe that crap??

47 posted on 09/09/2012 7:36:46 PM PDT by Norman Bates
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To: GR_Jr.
Is that what you want? I don't want the few crumbs the feds want to give and I don't believe that is want most people want either but the media will tell you that. Oh by the way did you know you are gay and think marriage is between all who want it and God is so yesterday that is what the media tells us. Think for yourself use the brain and common sense you were born with and vote accordingly.
48 posted on 09/09/2012 7:37:11 PM PDT by funfan
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To: SoFloFreeper

For crying out loud, he is getting an expected and normal convention bounce. It will fade. I think we are fairly well positioned.


49 posted on 09/09/2012 7:38:01 PM PDT by Norman Bates
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To: Chunga

Your boy Wee willie didnt bounce after his coronation and love fest and banning the Conservatives fromn the Republican Party forever...

Too bad for him...


50 posted on 09/09/2012 7:40:30 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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