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Obama Tops Romney in Polls and Fundraising

Monday, 10 September 2012 05:09 PM

President Obama outraised Mitt Romney for the first time in three months, his campaign said Monday, capping off a weekend of bad news for the Republican nominee as he tries to shore up support and money heading into the final weeks of the race to the White House.

Along with the Democratic National Committee, the campaign took  in $114 million in August, compared to the $112 million Romney raised with the RNC.

The announcement came as Romney had a disappointing show polls, and shocked some followers after he publicly agreed with parts of the Obamacare.

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Whatever bounce the Republican presidential nominee received after the convention in Tampa seems like a distant memory now, lost in a week of solid performances at the Democratic National Convention.

The drumbeat of bad news over the weekend and the GOP’s concern over Romney could be symbolized in a photograph of President Barack Obama being lifted off the ground in a playful bear hug from an owner of a pizza restaurant in Florida. He comes off as friendly, reachable.

Despite a solid speech in which he tried to show who he is, many undecided voters still have not seen Romney’s personality on display and don’t have a great sense of who he is as a person.

Not only is Romney losing the public image battle, he is now slipping in key polls.

A Rasmussen Reports poll shows Obama winning support from 50 percent of voters nationwide, to Romney’s 45 percent, representing the president’s biggest lead since March 17 and confirming that Obama’s convention bounce has been more significant than Romney’s.

A Gallup Poll also showed Obama leading Romney by 5 percentage points. Obama also leads Romney in terms of voter trust on a number of other key issues including Afghanistan, education and Social Security and has a clear advantage among unaffiliated voters, according to  the Rasmussen polling.

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Romney’s campaign played down the numbers, calling the poll bounce for Obama a “sugar-high from the conventions.”

"Don't get too worked up about the latest polling," Romney pollster Neil Newhouse wrote in a memo, according to USA Today. "While some voters will feel a bit of a sugar-high from the conventions, the basic structure of the race has not changed significantly. The reality of the Obama economy will reassert itself as the ultimate downfall of the Obama presidency, and Mitt Romney will win this race."

The news had conservatitves calling for Romney to step up his campaign.

Conservative columnist George Will said on Sunday's “This Week” that, “If Republicans can’t win in this (economic) environment, it has to get out of politics and find another business.”

If the disappointing polls and fundraising numbers didn’t force Republicans to give pause, then comments from Romney over the weekend might have done so.

Appearing on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Romney produced a jaw-dropping moment for conservatives when he said he likes key parts of Obamacare, the president’s signature domestic policy achievement, despite his party's loathing of it and wants to retain them.

When asked about Obamacare, he said, "Well, I'm not getting rid of all of healthcare reform."

"Of course, there are a number of things that I like in healthcare reform that I'm going to put in place," Romney told host David Gregory. "One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. Two is to assure that the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their family up to whatever age they might like."

On the show, Romney also drew cringes among Republicans when he faulted Republicans in Congress as well as Obama for exposing the armed forces to big spending cuts, saying, "it was a mistake for Republicans" to agree to a deal that will mean automatic cuts in defense spending next year if Congress doesn't negotiate an agreement on the budget.

The self-inflicted wounds by Romney were made worse by Obama, who mocked Romney’s and running mate Paul Ryan’s tax cut explanations on the campaign trail, saying they would get a failing grade on explaining how they would pay for trillions of dollars in tax cuts.

Romney and Ryan were both asked on talk shows what loopholes they'd close to pay for their tax proposal but neither was willing to give specifics.

“President Clinton told us the single thing missing from my opponents’ proposal was arithmetic,” Obama told a rally in Florida. “When my opponents were asked about it today,” Obama said, “it was like 2 plus 1 equals 5.”

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Obama also came back strong on Medicare on Sunday, warning seniors in Florida that Republicans would raise their healthcare costs as he wrapped up a two-day bus tour.

"Here's the bottom line: Their voucher plan for Medicare would bankrupt Medicare. Our plan strengthens Medicare," Obama told a supportive crowd at an indoor rally.

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