Ohio Senator Rob Portman said at a Bloomberg-Washington Post breakfast at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, that the U.S. presidential debates will help Republican Mitt Romney close a likability gap with President Barack Obama.
President Barack Obama has long aspired to emulate Ronald Reagan in changing the trajectory of American politics. Halfway through his presidency, the evidence is that public opinion is bending Obama’s way.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that pro-Mitt Romney television advertisements airing in his state are “distorted” yet won’t stop Rick Santorum from winning the Republican presidential primary there on March 6.
Here is a fact causing Republicans to wonder why Mitt Romney isn’t the runaway favorite in his campaign to unseat Barack Obama: No U.S. president since Franklin Roosevelt has won re-election when the unemployment rate was more than 7.4 percent.
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that he’s confident the former Massachusetts governor is well on his way to winning the Republican Party’s nomination.