No love from polls or people for Mitt Romney


There is no love for Mitt Romney in today’s papers. Both The Post and the New York Times have polls showing the Republican presidential nominee trailing President Obama in Florida and Ohio. And there appears to be no love for Romney out on the hustings.

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As the clip from “Morning Joe” shows, after Romney thanked his running mate Paul Ryan for a rousing introduction in Ohio, the crowd started chanting “Ryan! Ryan!” And then the unfortunate happened. “Wait a second,” Romney said turning to the crowd before directing them with his hands. “Romney-Ryan! Romney-Ryan! Romney-Ryan! There we go. All right.” The scene was so painful, “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough muttered, “Sweet Jesus” through his face-covering hands.

The lack of enthusiasm for Romney among conservatives is well-known. But his caught-on-camera comments trashing 47 percent of the country and the ticket’s stand on Medicare are part of the swirl of distrust swamping Romney at the moment.

Sharon Whalen told the Times that she had developed “a very bad impression of Romney.” She wasn’t too enamored with the Republican ticket’s plans for Medicare. The Florida voter who cast a ballot for Sen. John McCain in 2008 said she would pull the lever for Obama this time around.

“There’s just something about him I don’t trust,” said Ms. Whalen, a poll respondent who spoke in a follow-up interview. “It’s not so much that I don’t believe what he is saying, but I just don’t think he’s for the middle and lower class. He’s more for helping the rich.”

As we know, no Republican has ever won the White House without Ohio. And no Democrat can hope to win (or in this case, retain) the White House without Florida. Romney has a lot riding on the October debates to turn his fortunes around and win the keys to the Oval Office. For a man who has been running for president for the last six years, 41 days might not be enough time.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.

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