The Democratic National Convention has given President Obama a slight bump in the polls, but Mitt Romney doesn't want voters to be sidetracked by the figures. According to a Gallup daily tracking poll –conducted between Sept. 4 to 6—the president's approval rating has risen to 52 percent, the largest number for Obama reported by the survey company since May of last year, when Osama bin Laden was killed.
In spite of the numbers, a statement released by the Romney campaign urged the American people to stay focused, on putting him in office:
“Don't get too worked up about the latest polling. 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.”
One day after addressing the DNC and accepting the nomination for the Democratic presidential candidate, a tepid job report was released showing that only 96,000 jobs were created last month, while unemployment fell to 8.1 percent. The less than stellar numbers further insight the notion that the country has made no progress under the Obama Administration.
The Romney campaign outlined the weak economy, and Obama's failure to put out a specific plan to get the country back in positive financial standing, as a huge shortcoming:
“Today, there is no question: Americans are not better off than we were four years ago, and that is why President Obama has struggled in this race. The truth is that some of President Obama's allies are claiming victory, but others are acknowledging the unsustainable position in which they find themselves. This is evidenced in a recent quote in ‘The New York Times,' by an Obama Administration official saying 'It's certainly not what I would call the position we wanted to be in at this point in the race …He's going to have to make the case that we wouldn't even be at 8 percent if it weren't for him.'”
As the state of the economy continues to hang over his head, during his DNC speech, the president acknowledged that the “hope” that he stood behind four years ago has since been tested. During the address, he asked that voters stick with him for another term.
With just over 50 days left to campaign, each candidate will put their efforts into overdrive, and while Obama continues to lead Romney in electoral votes, each side has yet to be seen as a the frontrunner in the race for the country's highest office. Things are however looking up for Obama in the area of fundraising, as it was also announced that he outraised Romney in August, for the first time in four months.
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