Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald Poll shows Mitt Romney Beating President Obama 45-51 percent in Florida

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Mitt Romney has maintained a solid lead over President Barack Obama in the latest Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald poll of likely voters who favor the Republican by six percentage points.

Romney’s strengths: independent voters and more crossover support from Democrats relative to the Republicans who back Obama, according to the survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

Romney’s crossover appeal is fueled by strong support in rural North Florida, a conservative bastion where a relatively high percentage of Democrats often vote Republican in presidential election years.

“I’m pretty convinced Romney’s going to win Florida,” said Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker, who conducted the 800-likely voter survey from Tuesday through Thursday.

Romney is winning handily among men, marginally losing with women voters and has outsized support among non-Hispanic whites. He’s essentially winning on the issues as well: the economy, Medicare, foreign policy and looking out for the middle-class.

Coker noted the poll results are essentially unchanged from last month, when Romney led by a point more after he crushed Obama in their first debate.

The October poll and this one, which have error margins of 3.5 percent, were conducted for The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald as well as the Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13.

Although the latest survey shows Romney comfortably ahead 51-45 percent in Florida, the Republican can’t rest easy. Other polls show a tighter race, although they use a different method of polling than that of Mason-Dixon, a Florida-based firm.

Obama draws only 5 percent Republican support, but Romney draws 16 percent of the likely Democratic vote in the poll.

And Romney beats Obama with independents — the tie-breaker voters — by a six-point margin. That’s not necessarily a comfortable lead for Romney, who was ahead by 13 points last month among independents.

Romney jumped to an overall lead last month after the first presidential debate, in which Obama’s performance was so poor that even he joked about how bad he was.

Hispanic voters moved a total of seven points in Obama’s favor in a month, but he’s not carrying their vote with the double digits he probably needs because of his poor standing among non-Hispanic whites.

Romney is trusted more than Obama on handling the economy and leading the nation by the same amount: 53-44 percent.

By a 50-48 percent split, Romney’s trusted more to look out for the middle-class and he has another inside-the-error-margin lead over Obama of 49-47 percent when it comes to handling foreign policy.

Asked who would be worse for Medicare, 52 percent said Obama and 44 percent said Romney.

Obama’s campaign has dismissed the results of likely voter polls, such as this one, pointing to statistics that indicate they’re turning out so-called “sporadic” and new voters. In essence, they argue that likely voter polls miss their voters who, by definition, are unlikely.

But Coker said the poll was conducted with a registered voter list and “we’re not missing anybody based on our method.”

Also, the Romney campaign notes that most non-partisan polls show the Republican ahead in Florida and doing better among independents.

Source: The Miami Herald

Romney and Ryan in their Final Push for Victory in Ohio

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In an effort to snatch the estate offering the keys to the White House in the final week election campaign, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were blitzing Ohio last night.

The Republican candidates were touring the state urging the voters in its conservative rural counties to help them grow a “bountiful harvest of new jobs” thus, trailed in polls of the Midwestern bellwether all year.
“ America is more than just a piece of geography,” said Mr. Ryan to hundreds of farmers at a remote school in Sabina.
“It is more than our cornfields, our bean fields and our dairy farms. It is an idea.”
Mr. Romney promised last night at a rally in Celina. “We know where we want to lead the country to get America strong again,” a thousand supporters prompting earsplitting chants of “ USA ” .
Viewing the event in television bulletins, aiming to sway undecided moderate, he boasted also that “independent voters and some democrats” were flocking to his campaign.
In 2004, George Bush who won in a shock victory in Ohio -and reelection by sharply boosting rural turnout, the former Massachusetts governor is aiming to replicate the success of Bush.
In every election since 1968, the state has backed the winning presidential candidate and is poised yet again to be the “tipping point” that indicates which man has succeeded in the Electoral College.
For a average of just 1.9 percent, Mr Obama lead in the polls of Ohio which was from 5.5 before his defeat in the Oct. 3 first presidential debate.
The national lead of Romney holds an average of 0.9 percent but still the republicans concede Ohio is critical.
“I don’t buy that there’s a path without Ohio for Romney,” Nicolle Wallace, a former aide to Mr. Bush, told ABC News yesterday
Areas such as Celina and Sabina is easily won by Romney, these areas backed John McCain over Mr. Obama in 2008 by 30 points.

Romney Passed the Commander-in-Chief Test

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The America ’s foreign policy is not clear after watching the third presidential debate. The reason for its ambiguity due to a series of foreign policies instead of singular foreign policy which must be tailored to fit each nation.

The failure of President Barack Obama most recent foreign policy, the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including the U.S. ambassador are all expecting Romney to go after the President. The inadequacy of security in Benghazi , the president had no explanation at all but instead by saying only that we are “going after the killers.” There was no pressing on Obama about this issue by Romney. A missed opportunity had been viewed by some and supposes a designed for Romney to show his restraint and counter the “do you want to get us into another Middle East War?” charge.
“We can’t kill our way out of this mess,” meaning terrorism and the Middle East , one of Mr. Romney’s better lines but he failed to go for the political “kill” instead agreeing for several times with the president.
The ultimate question of the moderator Bob Schiefer, “What is America ’s role in the world?” the answer of the candidates neither was revealing beyond their campaign speech bromides.
The “liberal media” which has been in the tank for Mr. Obama since he began running for president was surprisingly the reaction to the debate. A retreat from the worshipful attitude by some of them they have displayed toward the president since four years ago as a self promotion as a messianic deliverer from the national sins.
“I think Mitt Romney did something that was extremely important to his campaign tonight, and that was he passed the commander-in-chief test,” former White House aide David Gergen said on CNN. That was Romney indeed he had to do with the debates like of Ronald Reagan in 1980 with Jimmy Carter.

Tennessee Voters Give Romney a Wide Lead

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For the first time in history in American History, if Tennessee voters had concerns about electing a Mormon to the White House, they’ve apparently gotten over it in the last few days.

A lead of about 59 percent to 34 percent by the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney against President Barack Obama in Tennessee , according to the Middle Tennessee State University poll released on Saturday. About 74 percent of the white evangelical Christians surveyed support Romney in the poll result.
Ken Blake, director of the MTSU Poll said, “The once-strained relationship between Gov. Romney and religious Tennesseans seems to have improved markedly since the spring’s primary election.”
Just before the March primary, a poll taken and found church-going Republicans favored former Sen. Rick Santorum nearly 6-to-1 over Romney, while the split was balanced who attended church less often for the Tennessee Republicans, Blake said.
Of the GOP primary vote, Santorum won 37 percent to Romney’s 28 percent and Newt Gingrich’s 24 percent in the overall.
Several things that have happened in Romney’s favor as noted by Jason Reineke, associate director of the poll. “It’s OK for an evangelical to vote for a Mormon,” they included a meeting with the Rev. Billy Graham and a USA Today column by Franklin Graham saying.
Voters, who identified themselves as evangelical Christians, ultimately may be driven ‘more by opposition to Obama than direct support to Romney,” Reineke said.
“It is also important to note that is far from uncommon for partisans who didn’t vote for the winner in their primary to come home to the party, almost regardless of the candidate selected, in these highly polarized times.”
After casting early votes Friday, voters leaving the Rutherford County Election Commission Office weren’t surprised the white evangelical Christian vote that Romney is dominating.
Romney’s Mormonism for the most part did not affect their votes, those leaving the polls said.

Mitt Romney Promises to Revive the Economy in his Speech

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AMES, Iowa — Mitt Romney is promising to revitalize the nation’s economy with “bold ideas” and a senior aide said the Republican presidential candidate would not cut ties with an Indiana Senate candidate who said pregnancy resulting from rape is “something God intended.”

As President Barack Obama took a break from the campaign trail, Romney delivered what his campaign billed as a major economic address in swing state Iowa on Friday to help win the dwindling number of voters yet to make up their minds. While the speech did not break new ground, it was designed to help crystalize the differences between his and Obama’s economic approaches less than two weeks before Election Day.

“If Paul Ryan and I are elected as your president and vice president, we will endeavor with all our hearts and energy to restore America,” Romney said. “Instead of more spending, more borrowing from China and higher taxes from Washington, we’ll renew our faith in the power of free people pursuing their dreams.”

Minutes before the speech, senior strategist Eric Fehrnstrom said Romney would not call on Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock to remove TV ads featuring Romney’s endorsement. Fehrnstrom said Romney disagrees with the Indiana Republican’s recent comment about rape, but would not interfere with Mourdock’s advertising.

“That’s his decision,” Fehrnstrom said when asked whether the campaign wants Mourdock to remove the ads. He added that Romney feels he has addressed the matter and doesn’t plan to discuss it further.

Romney has not spoken about Mourdock’s comments directly, despite repeated questions from reporters about it in recent days.

The candidate was focused on the economy as he addressed several hundred supporters on a cold autumn day outside a local construction company.

Romney argued that Obama has no proposals that can meet “the challenges of the times.” He dismissed the president’s signature legislative achievement, a health care law, as “his vaunted Obamacare” and said he would instead focus on saving Medicare and Social Security.

He repeated many of his standard campaign themes: that Obama is focusing on small issues like “characters on Sesame Street and silly word games” and that Romney will improve kitchen-table concerns like health care, job creation and school choice. His signature refrain is that America can’t afford another four years like the last four years.

The speech came hours after the government reported a slight pickup in economic growth in the final such report before the Nov. 6 election.

The pickup to 2 percent from July to September from the 1.3 percent in the second quarter may help Obama’s message that the economy is improving. Still, growth remains too weak to rapidly boost hiring. And the 1.74 percent rate for 2012 trails last year’s 1.8 percent growth. Romney called the news “discouraging.”

“Slow economic growth means slow job growth and declining take-home pay,” Romney said in a statement. “This is what four years of President Obama’s policies have produced.”

The White House had a more positive take on the news in a blog post by Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. “While we have more work to do, together with other economic indicators, this report provides further evidence that the economy is moving in the right direction,” he wrote. Obama got better news from a survey out of the University of Michigan showing consumer confidence rising to its highest level in five years.

An Associated Press-GfK poll out this week shows Romney overtaking Obama as the candidate that likely voters trust more to handle the economy. The poll found 51 percent of those voters surveyed Oct. 19-23 picking Romney, compared to 44 percent for Obama. The two candidates were tied among likely voters on that issue in the previous poll in mid-September.

Still, the two are locked in a dead heat in the nationwide poll. Other surveys show a tight race in the swing states that will decide the election, with the winning candidate needing 270 Electoral College votes. With Hurricane Sandy threatening the East Coast during the final full week of the campaign, Romney canceled a rally in Virginia scheduled for Sunday. Obama aides said they were watching the storm’s path before deciding whether to call off any of his events.

Obama was pushing back on Romney’s criticism on another front — relations with Israel, which could have an impact particularly with Jewish voters in swing state Florida. The Republican has repeatedly criticized Obama for not traveling to Israel as president. Obama visited as a candidate in 2008.

A new ad shows images of Obama’s trip and video of his pledge during his final debate with Romney that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon while he’s president and that “our bond with Israel will be unbreakable.”

Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg responded that Obama’s Middle East policy “has been a failure.”

“As president, Mitt Romney’s first overseas trip will be to Jerusalem, and under a Romney Administration, the world will never question America’s solidarity with Israel,” she said in a statement.

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Romney Position Himself as a Centrist on Foreign Policy

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WASHINGTON – The final debate with President Barack Obama, the Republican Mitt Romney scrambled to position himself as a centrist on global affairs. This is a dramatic shift for the Republican challenger as the final two weeks of the campaign in the deadlocked race for the White House/

The last of three presidential debates, Romney appeared determined to emerge mistake free, where Obama leads among voters on foreign policy. The performance of Romney appeared to have succeeded and gave Obama campaign more ammunition for its allegations that made Romney shift suddenly to satisfy the immediate needs of his bid to replace the president.
Romney largely expressed agreement with how Obama has conducted U.S. foreign policy on most issues facing the United States abroad.
However, the focus of the most Americans is not on world affairs but on struggling U.S. economy. The last two weeks before the Nov. 6 election, both Obama and Romney will spend appealing to the tiny slice of still undecided voters in this presidential race where the electorate evenly split in what the polls show.
In the nine US states the key to victories lies on the voters who vote for candidates that doesn’t care for the party. It is not according to the popular nationwide vote that the president is chosen but in state-by-state contests. Winning in popular vote make it possible for a candidate to win but lose in the election, as in former Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 defeat.

Romney and Obama Feud Globally in the Final Debate

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Boca Raton, Florida – President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney take their election feud global Monday in a final debate devoted to foreign policy that may represent their last chance to shake up a tied race.

Republican Romney will seek to erode the Democratic president’s advantage on national security and try to emerge as a plausible commander-in-chief as they spar on Libya, Syria, Iran, China and the US stealth war on terrorism.

Obama’s camp signaled before the showdown in Boca Raton, Florida at 9:00 pm (0100 GMT) that he would boast of ending a decade of costly US wars abroad, while Romney is set to charge that the president’s foreign policy is unraveling.

The rivals are neck-and-neck in national polls after Romney surged following his first debate win in early October and started chipping away at Obama’s foundation in the swing states that will decide the election.

Foreign policy is unlikely to decide who wins on November 6, with the sluggish economy driving the election, but Romney is under pressure to show basic competence following a string of blunders.

His campaign warned going into the debate that the United States could not afford four more years of Obama diplomacy if the president is re-elected.

“America stands weakened around the world, with our safety threatened, our allies increasingly isolated, and hostile nations emboldened,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.

“Mitt Romney will deliver where President Obama has failed by crafting a foreign policy that restores America’s strength and increases our nation’s security abroad.”

New polls released Monday had the race a cliffhanger with two weeks to go.

CBS News and ABC News had Obama up by two and one points in the national race, but a Politico/GWU/Battleground poll showed Romney leading by two points.

While national polls offer a snapshot of momentum in the race, the nine or so states that could swing to either side will define the outcome.

Obama retains several pathways to the 270 electoral votes needed to win on November 6, but Romney has chiseled away at his advantage with signs that Florida and North Carolina are slipping towards the Republican.

Romney won the first debate after a lethargic performance from Obama, but the president’s feisty showing on Long Island, New York last week meant he emerged with honor restored, leaving the third debate as a tie-breaker of sorts.

Both foes toured Monday’s venue at Lynn University, where they will sit at a table with moderator Bob Schieffer, a veteran CBS news anchor, in a set-up that will rule out the predatory prowling seen during their second town hall-style debate.

Sticking to a winning formula from the second debate, Obama and his wife Michelle dined on steak and potatoes. Romney earlier lunched on a veggie burger, with Cajun fries washed down with a vanilla shake.

Romney will likely make a new attempt to trip Obama over his administration’s shifting stories on the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11 that killed four Americans.

The Republican has squandered several chances to jump Obama on the issue, after a hasty statement early in the crisis and a stumble in the last debate over the president’s characterization of events in Benghazi.

Republicans claim Obama was reluctant to admit the attack was an act of terrorism, fearing an Al-Qaeda comeback would knock him off his pedestal as the commander-in-chief who had put the militants on the run.

Reports in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times may have given Obama some breathing room Monday, finding top aides based their early conclusions on the attack on CIA talking points and not on political spin.

The president is expected to remind Americans he kept his promise to end the Iraq war, is getting troops out of Afghanistan and ordered the raid that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Both camps say their candidates will draw discussion back to the issue most pressing for voters — the economy.

The Republican will seek to pressure Obama over Iran’s nuclear program, arguing that presidential weakness has emboldened Tehran.

Complicating one of the main topics on the eve of the debate, The New York Times said US officials believed Iran was ready for one-on-one talks with Washington, though the White House denied the report. — AFP

 

US Presidential Challengers Exchange Jokes in a Charity Dinner

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Locked in a tense race with time running out, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney took time off to exchange light-hearted jabs and make fun of each other in a joint appearance at a high-profile charity dinner.

Two days after a brutal debate in which they traded verbal blows and stalked each other on stage, Obama and Romney greeted each other warmly, dressed formally in white tie and tails.

But the combativeness of the campaign trail was ever-present as they gave back-to-back speeches at the annual Al Smith memorial dinner.

Romney, speaking first, said Obama must have had some thoughts as he looked out at the crowd of wealthy people at the dinner. “You have to wonder what he’s thinking: so little time, so much to redistribute,” he said.

Obama, in turn, made fun of Romney’s vast wealth. “Earlier I went shopping at some stores in midtown. I understand Governor Romney went shopping for some stores in midtown.”

The Al Smith dinner is a glittering affair at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel where New York’s high society dined on poached lobster and rack of lamb and contributed $5m (£3m) for various children’s charities.

Obama and Romney sat separated only by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York who spoke at both the Republican and Democratic conventions in late August and early September.

Obama made light of his much-criticised performance during his first debate with Romney. He said at the second debate, where he was judged the winner, he had been well-rested because of the “nice long nap I had at the first debate”.

Romney was similarly self-deprecating, noting the way he prepared for the debate was to “refrain from alcohol for 65 years”. As a practising Mormon, the former Massachusetts governor is teetotal.

Obama, who frequently credits himself with ordering the mission that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011, noted that the last debate is about foreign policy. “Spoiler alert: we got Bin Laden!” he said.

Romney taunted Obama on the high jobless rate, saying its recent small decline meant only one thing: “You’re better off now than you were four weeks ago.”

Obama said he and Romney have some things in common, like their unusual middle names. Romney’s is Mitt (Willard is his first name). “I wish I could use my middle name,” said Obama, whose middle name is Hussein.

Obama got in a jab at the Republicans’ use of Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood at the Republican convention. Eastwood was panned for talking to an empty chair on stage as if Obama was sitting in it. “Please take your seats,” Obama told the crowd, “or else Clint Eastwood will yell at them.”

The tone of the evening was set with introductory remarks by Al Smith IV, who could not resist teasing Romney for saying at the debate that he sorted through “binders full of women” in trying to put together a diverse cabinet as governor of Massachusetts.

“I want to say a special welcome to all of the accomplished women here tonight. It’s good to see you made it out of those binders,” Smith said to laughter.

The dinner was first held in 1945 in tribute to Smith, a former Democratic New York governor who lost the 1928 presidential election to Republican Herbert Hoover in a landslide.

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Romney still Performed Better in the Second Debate with More Assertive Obama

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Barack Obama devolved into angry cross-talk with Republican rival Mitt Romney on the second presidential debate.

At this debate, President Obama was under pressure to perform dramatically better at Hofstra University in Long Island , N.Y. – the one held two weeks ago. The first debate showed an energetic performance of Romney quickly boosted him in the polls, with some recent measures showing him and the president in a virtual tie among likely voters.
Romney attacking Obama’s jobs record, keeping up his Denver demeanor by talking about the president failure to pass immigration reform, policies in the Middle East , and other issues. Instead of simply repeating portions of his stump speech, this time Obama was ready with specific retorts and counter attacks. Occasionally, the president interrupts Romney as he spoke and frequently accusing Romney of twisting facts.
It was a shouting match debate at one point over whether President Obama had cut back oil extraction from public lands. The claim of Romney which Obama repeatedly said that it is a lie that oil production was down and pointedly saying, “Not true, Governor Romney.” Moderator Candy Crowley feeling the heat took the candidates to another topic.
Romney’s wealth was the topic in which Obama returned more than once, saying Romney sees nothing unfair about millionaires paying the same tax rate as a nurse or other middle-class worker. Obama’s so soon in attending political events was criticized by Romney that killed U.S. ambassador to Libya , Chris Stevens and painted Obama on his campaign as a villain. Romney’s leaked comments that half the country is dependent on government were the closing statement of Obama.
With more intimate town hall-style debate, both candidates appeared comfortable in which an 80 undecided voter’s audience handpicked by polling organization Gallup watched and asked questions. Immigration reform, jobs, gun control, the gender pay gap, and other issues were the questions picked by Crowley among the audience.

Anger Bursts as Romney and Obama Collides in 2nd Debate

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HEMPSTEAD, New York — Barack Obama and Mitt Romney stood toe-to-toe and harangued one another for telling untruths Tuesday, as naked dislike flared between the two rivals in a fiery presidential debate.

A pumped-up Obama bounced off the ropes after a dismal showing in the rivals’ first clash two weeks ago, showing more passion and energy in the first few exchanges than in the whole sleepy 90 minutes of their debut clash.

Obama was shocked into action by tumbling poll numbers triggered by Romney’s smooth performance in the first debate, which left panicking Democrats fearing his historic presidency could end in ignominy after a single term.

Freed from podiums that constrained them in the first debate, the candidates roamed the stage in the town-hall style encounter at Hofstra University, New York, exactly three weeks from election day on November 6.

Minutes into the clash, Republican Romney and Democrat Obama stood just a few feet apart, trading charge and counter charge in a furious verbal slanging match.

“Governor Romney says he has a five-point plan. He doesn’t have a five-point plan. He has a one-point plan, and that is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules,” Obama blasted about his challenger’s economic policy.

In one heated exchange over energy, Romney triggered an audible gasp of shock in the hall hosting the debate, when he snapped at the president: “You’ll get your chance in a moment, I’m still speaking.”

“Not true, Governor Romney, not true,” Obama said, after Romney savaged the president’s record on oil production over the last four years.

Just 21 days before the election, the obvious antipathy between the candidates reflected stakes that could hardly be higher as national polls and the race in battleground states tightens into a dead heat.

At moments, Romney quibbled with CNN moderator Candy Crowley, charging that Obama had interrupted him in contravention of the rules of the debate.

Romney, a 65-year-old former governor of Massachusetts, took the first question of the clash, about the jobs crisis, and bemoaned the plight of ordinary Americans who he said had been “crushed over the last four years.”

“I know what it takes to create good jobs and to make sure you have the opportunity you deserve,” Romney said.

Obama, 51, was quick off his stool in response, looking 20-year-old questioner Jeremy Epstein straight in the eye, fixing him with an intense stare as he promised to quicken the US economic recovery.

He rapped Romney for opposing the auto industry bailout which he engineered and which he said had saved a million jobs, and brushed off his Republican rival’s denials.

“What Governor Romney said just isn’t true. He wanted to make them into bankruptcy without providing them any way to stay open,” Obama said.

Obama’s team had promised a “strong” and “passionate” performance by the president after his lifeless showing in the first debate in Denver, revived Romney’s campaign, which many Republicans thought was doomed to defeat.

Democrats were severely rattled by Obama’s no show, so his first mission Tuesday was to reboot enthusiasm among his core supporters, with early voting already under way in a clutch of states ahead of election day on November 6.

The town hall setting, which had each candidate seated at a stool on a red carpet, and free to roam around, tested the body language of the two candidates, and capacity to empathize with the anxieties of everyday Americans.

Before the debate, Obama dined with his wife Michelle on steak and potatoes, while Romney ate a dinner of rotisserie chicken, with sides of spinach and baked potato, with his wife Ann and five sons.

Team Romney has had Obama on the ropes, and his campaign signaled confidence by predicting that the Republican would triumph in the key state of Ohio and nationwide.

“Our campaign clearly has the momentum heading into these last few weeks, as evidenced by steady movement in the polls toward governor Romney, and increased enthusiasm on the ground at our events,” senior aide Rich Beeson said.

Recent polls in the crucial Midwestern battleground state, which no Republican has lost and gone on to win the White House, show Romney steadily eroding the president’s narrow lead there.

Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina told reporters here that Obama retained multiple routes to get to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency and dismissed the Romney campaign’s confidence in Ohio.

Supporters of both men were gathering at debate watching parties and another huge television audience was expected, though perhaps not so big as the 70 million that tuned into the first clash.

In one festive scene at The Apollo, the legendary Harlem theater that helped launch the Jackson Five, Billie Holliday and James Brown, was packed with an excited crowd hoping to see the biggest political talent show on earth.

“President Obama has his own swagger. He needs to look in the mirror and rediscover his mojo,” said Esther Armah, a radio host.

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