Even before the 47% remark, The polls were showing that President Obama is closing the gap on Mitt Romney's key issue, who would be a better steward of the economy. This has been the entire rationale for the Romney campaign, that his business experience would bring the economy back and put people to work. However, by greater and greater numbers the American people are not buying it.
The two Conventions and Mitt Romney's comments about the 47% amplified the contrast in policies of Romney and Obama. The President and the other speakers clearly delinteated a policy of investment, targeted spending cuts and middle class tax cuts that will create jobs, bring down our deficit and have a government that provides the help people need. The Romney plan of the same old Republican philosophy of tax cuts for the rich and deep spending cuts in every area except for Defense is rightly seen as pushing us back on the wrong track.
The Democrats are getting better at explaining the message that while there is much to be done, we are better off than we were four years ago thanks to President Obama. The numbers bear this out. When the President took office we were losing 750,000 jobs per month now we have had thirty straight months or private sector job growth. The latest numbers of 96,000 jobs added may not have been all that we wanted but make no mistake these are jobs added, not lost. All this progress has come despite Repubicans in Congress derailing the President's jobs bill which would have added more jobs to the economy. The Democrats also made the case clearly that the investments the President made, such as saving the auto industry, have paid off with jobs for thousands of Americans so he can be trusted to make the right investments for our economy going forward. As someone who was at the Convention I saw these points made repeatedly, but it is repetition that makes that drives the point home and impacts voters' minds.
The central premise to the Romney campaign is unraveling as voters are seeing that President Obama is the right person to restore our economic health. The Obama campaign should not let up its efforts as the work now is to continue to spread the word and get the voters out to the polls.
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