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Today’s awkward lunch between President Obama and Mitt Romney would be a lot more interesting if they pulled these passive-aggressive moves.
Both political parties could be missing a crucial — and open-minded — group of voters in swing state Ohio: Actual swingers.
One recent estimate cited by ABC News suggests that four million Americans participate in the ‘swingers’ lifestyle. Assuming the sexual adventurers are evenly distributed across the country, the Buckeye State is home to about 150,000 — a number greater than George W. Bush’s vote margin over John Kerry in 2004. In a state whose 18 electoral votes may well decide the presidency, it’s a constituency that might merit some calculated courting.
The man who went to school with both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney and predicted the president would “smoke” the Republican nominee says he is dumbfounded by Obama’s poor showing in the first debate.
“I’m surprised. I was shocked, actually,” Sidney Barthwell, a district court magistrate in Michigan who attended Cranbrook with Romney and Harvard Law School with Obama, told The Daily. “That was not the Barack Obama I’ve seen through the years. I’m thinking the man might have had the flu or something.”
How many blinks does it take to lose a presidential debate? According to a new body language analysis, the less a candidate blinks, the likelier he will win.
Though he should be focused on winning over independents, Mitt Romney can’t seem to stop worrying about his base. Should he be worried?
He disappointed some GOPers by not supporting popular Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s alternative to an increasingly popular immigration reform measure for young illegal immigrants. He passed on running mates with more potential for cross-party appeal in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. And just hours before Romney’s convention speech last month, with the nomination his, one of his closest confidantes told The Daily he wouldn’t talk much about his religion because “Evangelicals are terrified [of Mormonism] and he has to be very careful of not turning off the base” — a striking admission from a campaign that had already won that fight.
This Gallup poll has a long history of predicting the next president — and it’s currently pegging Mitt Romney as the winner.
According to Gallup, 12 of the past 15 elections have been won by the candidate who led the last polls before the first convention began. And in the Gallup poll released yesterday, Republican challenger Mitt Romney held a lead of 47 percent to 46 percent over President Obama — which is really a statistical tie, given the 2-percentage-point margin of error.
However, those on Team Romney shouldn’t put too much stock in the trend: Only three of the last six elections have held to it, after a long run of correlation. Pre-convention underdogs George H.W. Bush in 1988, Bill Clinton in 1992 and George W. Bush in 2004 bucked the numbers and came out on top against their better-polling opponents.
Think all hunters are conservative? Think again. Conservation-minded sportsmen are increasingly up for grabs, disillusioned by what they describe as the GOP’s disregard for preservation of public lands.
John Gale grew up in rural Idaho, where he jokes about being born with a fishing “rod in one hand and a gun in the other.” A fifth-generation descendant of Western pioneers, he grew up in a family of conservative ranchers and farmers and even spent some time working in state Republican politics before relocating to Colorado. These days, he spends about a third of the year outdoors hunting and fishing.
Every East Coaster’s stereotype of a gun-toting, knee-jerk, Obama-hating conservative, right?
Wrong. Gale, an independent voter, cast his ballot for Barack Obama in 2008. And while he’s still undecided this time around, he’s hardly fleeing from the president’s tent…
“Conservation is not political,” Gale said. “It transcends all party affiliations, and what we need to do is reinspire Americans to hold the value of being stewards of our natural resources highly again.”