RCP's collection of polls between Romney and Obama: Current average is Obama +4.3
President Barack Obama - When you are the incumbent, one of the most basic winning strategies is to focus on areas of agreement between you and your challenger. Doing this gives the illusion that there is little-to-no difference who wins the election. This can be an effective attack because it can kill enthusiasm for voting for your challenger.
This is the opening salvo of the Obama campaign in its opening week. Two stories highlight this plan of attack. One is where Team Obama says Ronald Reagan would have supported the Buffett Tax, even calling it the Reagan Tax to drive home the point. The purpose of this is to make the two parties look similar, as if the voters have no choice. A good way to do that is to take one of the GOP's idol's and make it seem like he'd support Obama. The second move was where Team Obama celebrated Romneycare's 6th birthday. Again, this serves to bring Romneycare back into the news cycle and highlight how the two candidates are similar. It is designed to reinforce doubt that Romney would ever repeal Obamacare.
Governor Mitt Romney - Team Romney has opened by fighting concerns that he is doing poorly with women vs Obama. The chosen line of attack in week 1 has been to focus on democratic strategist and CNN contributor Hilary Rosen's comments that Mitt Romney's wife Ann "has never worked a day in her life." Team Romney has used remark to criticize the democratic party and have tied it to Team Obama.
Edited by Fensalk, 12 April 2012 - 06:39 PM.