National Politics Roundup

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama (Getty Images)

USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page talks about what the new USA Today/Gallup poll says about the presidential campaign and other national politics.

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Did you folks not catch the fact that 100% of the 'Optimististic' - the folks for whom the Great Recession is over (or never happened!) feel that their standard of living will be higher in ten years than it is today?!?

Zero percent of the folks who have NOT already made it, are certain their standard of living will improve over the next decade.

What greater indicator do you folks need that we, ourselves, feel the game is rigged and those who are currently benefiting from the rigged structure think that the game will continue to be rigged in their favor?

We need to put some of those Optimistic in doubt so we can improve things for the rest of us.

May. 21 2012 11:25 AM
Candice from Murray Hill

@amalgam & chuzzlewit,

I read Mayor Booker's comment and it was taken out of context by the media (shocking!). It was an attack on BOTH the Obama and Romney campaigns for using divisive politics.

My questions is what did Mayor Booker think was going to happen? I like him, but does he live in a bubble? Both presidential candidates have to go to extremes because so many voters don't like either of them.

May. 21 2012 10:59 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Nice try, Tonto.
It refers to his focus away from (and rare mention of) the lack of growth in the economy and the slowest recovery in 60 years.... while fueling the highest % of GDP in reckless public spending in since World War II.

80% of the "decline" in unemployment since 2009 is actually from people leaving the job market.
Yawn, focus on scaring people about the other guy....but this election is about the AMATEUR IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

May. 21 2012 10:45 AM
Jeff from Wayne, NJ

I found it very interesting that people who are doing well and those who are feeling the severity of job losses/down economy are split between Romney and Obama. Was the question of rhetoric verse reality asked? Meaning, which candid do the voters trust to deliver on their promises? Romney seems to change positions within sentences, Obama says what we want to hear but is unable to deliver. In practice Congress votes on revenue and policy, the President suggests and outlines his thoughts and aims but cannot make it happen without a major of Congress putting it into action.
Could Obama deliver, in his second term, what he failed to do his first term? Would Romney continue the Bush policies favoring the wealthy/powerful over the needs of the public?

May. 21 2012 10:34 AM
Nathan from Chicago

Citizens who do not believe their lives will be better in 10 years are not taking responsibility for their own success. In 10 years, one can get a better education, save money, invest in ones self and family, etc. It sounds as if the long-term problem is depending on government, rather than one's own hard work and ingenuity, to attain a better life.

May. 21 2012 10:26 AM
The Truth from Becky

Susan Page, what? Survey's are crap and I won't believe in their results until one crosses my desk.

May. 21 2012 10:21 AM
Alex from Brooklyn

when John Kerry Spoke about the problems with the war, he was called un-patriotic. but when the right talks down America by talking up the national debt that is very small according to other countries, no one calls their bluff.

May. 21 2012 10:20 AM
RBC from NYC

Surveys don't decide elections; turnout does. Whichever candidate brings out the most voters will win the election.

May. 21 2012 10:19 AM

since it’s difficult to get a job with only a high school diploma, did you ask about education

May. 21 2012 10:17 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

@ Chuzzlewit -

Please explain why it's a "distraction (from his performance), divisiveness and nastiness." for the Obama admin. or any other surrogate in the campaign to attack Romney on the merits of his utmost stated business acumen? Romney speaks of his job creation, but the facts of his leveraged buyouts of successful businesses that led to numerous collapse/bankruptcies and job loss. This is something that Bain pioneered, which is not done by the entire private equity industry.

Again, please explain.

May. 21 2012 10:14 AM

when congress gives the defense department more than they ask for or want does the president have to spend that money?

May. 21 2012 08:48 AM

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