Here are the findings of a recent Gallup Poll comparing Obama and Romney on key issues:
The GOP have considerable leads on the economy and budget deficit; voters trust a Republican more than a Democrat to tackle the nations finances. However, Obama dominates every other issues. Key to winning the White House, for Mitt Romney, is ensuring the election is mainly about the economy and budget deficit – nothing else; he has to ensure those on the right do not resort to hard line positions on social issues – such as gay marriage and abortions.
On the issue of likability, Obama leads +23 against the GOP candidate and +5 lead on leadership abilities. Still a huge challenge for the President not to achieve a second term, but more negative economic news could ensure a Republican victory – if the GOP sticks to the economy and deficit.
The key will be the conventions; and, as I stressed above, it is vital the GOP do not encounter another Todd Akin whose views on abortion and rape paint Republicans as the nasty party.
Last night, Ann Romney’s speech focused on her Welsh grandfather who escaped the mines to emigrate to America. The granddaughter from Nantyffyllon wants to show herself, and her family, as the living embodiment of the American dream; the success story of going from rags to riches. Republicans aim to go after the working class voter in swing states, who have experienced no economic improvement since the election of President Obama. They aim to turn anger into votes; difficult to do, but not impossible.
Mitt’s convention speech is his moment to speak to the United States and give them a vision of a future America; it is no good to talk about prosperity without defining how to achieve it. Not only must he point to a new path, but he must build it, too.
Over to you, Mitt.