October 20, 2012

BEGGING ISN'T ACTUALLY A PLATFORM:

Obama's Stump Speech Boils Down to One Word (MARK LANDLER, 10/18/12, NY Times)

"I want your vote," the president said, in case anyone missed the point. "I am not too proud to beg. I want you to vote."

Asking supporters to vote might seem obvious, but in an election that looks as though it will hinge on turnout, it is all the more crucial. For the Obama campaign, the challenge is to overcome a decline in voter enthusiasm from 2008 that has existed throughout the year and has been aggravated by Mr. Obama's lackluster performance in the first presidential debate two weeks ago. [...]

The president's trip to New Hampshire underlines the importance of the state's four electoral votes. Along with Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nevada, New Hampshire is viewed as something of a firewall for the Obama campaign. If he carries New Hampshire, he could withstand losses in Florida, Colorado and Virginia.

There's one group you can guarantee will turn out--and that's bad news for Mr. Obama--the 6% of Nevadans who are Mormon.
Posted by at October 20, 2012 3:58 PM
  

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