This morning on Fox & Friends, I talked about Team Obama’s rudderless response to last week’s presidential debate disaster, as well as what it means for the state of the race given some of the latest polling.
The Obama campaign has gone through its own version of seven stages of grief since Wednesday night. First it was Juan Williams denying Obama did a poor job, then they blamed everything from the altitude to Jim Lehrer to John Kerry, and now they’ve settled on calling Mitt Romney a liar.
Senior Obama advisers Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod took to the Sunday shows to repeat the campaign’s disingenuous – not to mention thoroughly debunked – claims about Mitt Romney’s plans. How do we know the claims are false? Just ask Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter, whose talking points couldn’t hold up to a CNN fact check.
It’s not hard to understand why the Obama campaign is throwing the kitchen sink at Romney; the post-debate Gallup poll shows 6-point drop in the President’s approval rating and has him falling below the 50 percent benchmark, from 54 to 48 percent.
Now new polling out today is the strongest indicator yet of just how big an impact the debate had on the state of the race; Gallup now has Romney puling even with Obama among registered voters nationwide.
The entire performance from Team Obama over the past five days is indicative of a campaign with nothing to say, just like their candidate had nothing to say to the American people on Wednesday.
You’d think President Obama would be desperate to move ‘Forward’ after a disastrous debate. The fact that his campaign would rather spend five days re-hashing a bad debate performance than addressing substantive issues is proof positive that he can’t run on his record or his ideas.
On the other hand, the 67 million Americans watching the debate saw that Mitt Romney offered a substantive vision for solving our economic crisis, and a plan for cutting taxes for middle-class families and creating millions of new jobs. In the days since, Governor Romney has been quick to move forward with a positive message, fresh ideas, and has a major foreign policy speech scheduled for later today.
The difference in the two approaches on the stage Wednesday night has only been emphasized in the days since, and polls show that voters are taking note.