Economy is key to winning the White House

June 8, 2012

June 8, 2012                                    Ken Bickers

Mitt Romney is on the attack and it’s clear the Republican presidential nominee will use the weak economy as the main weapon to unseat President Obama come November.  He recently called the president’s handling of the economy a “moral failure of tragic proportions.” This tactic doesn’t surprise CU-Boulder political science Professor Ken Bickers who says the economy will be the deciding factor in this election.

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Economy is key to winning the White House

June 8, 2012                                    Ken Bickers

Mitt Romney is on the attack and it’s clear the Republican presidential nominee will use the weak economy as the main weapon to unseat President Obama come November.  He recently called the president’s handling of the economy a “moral failure of tragic proportions.” This tactic doesn’t surprise CU-Boulder political science Professor Ken Bickers who says the economy will be the deciding factor in this election.

CUT 1 “There’s only one issue and it’s the economy. The economy as it turns into jobs, as it reflects people’s sense of economic security for the future, their ability to buy houses, to send their kids to college – it’s the economy.” (:13)

And Bickers says the president knows the economy could be his downfall and that is why he is talking about other issues.

CUT 2 “This is one reason why the president’s campaign has been focusing on non-economic issues and trying to make Mitt Romney the issue - his past with Bain Capital and these kind of things. The gay marriage issue is certainly one of those kinds of issues at the moment that people are paying attention to. (:18) But over the long haul of the campaign, as we move from where we are now through November, there will be only be one issue and it will be the economy.” (:25)

Bickers says if the economy doesn’t greatly improve by November then the president will probably lose the election.

CUT 3 “The economy is going to need to get demonstrably stronger and it may well do that. It could be that we’ll see a pick up over the next several months.  Unemployment could continue to go down and could do that with people finding jobs and not abandoning the workforce.  If so the President will probably get reelected. (:14) If it doesn’t it would be a really bad time to be running as the incumbent seeking reelection.“ (:20)

Bickers adds that history has shown that if the incumbents approval rating is less then 50 percent at the time of election chances are they will lose the election.

The latest RealClearPolitics poll averages have President Obama’s approval rating at 47-point-6 percent.

 

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