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Notes on the October 28, 2012 Broadcast of Meet The Press

October 28, 2012

All Rights NBC NewsNine days before the election and this week’s Meet the Press began, appropriately, with news of Hurricane Sandy and a report from Al Roker on the New Jersey shore. If power outages from Sandy are anything like what similar storms have done in the past, it could impact people’s ability to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

NBC’s Chuck Todd gave a rundown on what he called the final seven battleground states: Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, and New Hampshire. The hurricane is also impacting the candidates’ ability to campaign in a couple of these states. The bottom line here is that we could very well see Gov. Mitt Romney win the popular vote and still have Pres. Barack Obama be re-elected by winning the electoral college.

In an unusual (and again probably appropriate) move, host David Gregory began with the roundtable discussion before going to his featured guests this morning. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow referred to the false story Gov. Romney told at a campaign rally yesterday that Jeep was moving all their production to China. She said “There has been a truthfulness problem in the Romney campaign.” Carly Fiorina, vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, did not address the Jeep story, instead hitting back that Pres. Obama has not been forthcoming on the Libya tragedy.

The first section of the roundtable ended with a rehash of who said what about the Detroit bailout plan which ultimately succeeded and is helping the president in Ohio.

Next up was Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R). Todd reminds us that the latest polls have Ohio split at 49-49. No candidate since John F. Kennedy has won the presidency without Ohio. Todd, however, had convincing math showing a solid path for the president to 270 electoral votes even without Ohio.

Gov. Kasich defended his own role in the success of Ohio noting that the Ohio economy is even outperforming Michigan. He says he created confidence and stability which led to more business investment in Ohio, and he says that is what Mitt Romney will do for the United States.

Kasich said the first presidential debate had a tremendous impact on Gov. Romney’s prospects in Ohio. Kasich now believes that Romney will carry Ohio by a significant margin and that we will know the results on election night (rather than days or weeks later).

Next up were Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI). Colorado is split 48-48, but President Obama leads 51-45 in Wisconsin. No new real ground was covered regarding the election. However, host David Gregory asked one of the first gun control questions I have heard from the national media in this entire campaign. Neither governor had a good answer on gun control directly, but Gov. Walker did suggest tighter domestic violence laws might have made a difference in the recent shooting event in his state.

In the final roundtable section Gregory asked about comments made by Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Murdock regarding rape. Fiorina spun the question to say that Romney is gaining among women because women care about the economy.

Chuck Todd, however, points out that polls show Romney is more popular than the GOP overall. And if Romney loses, it may very well be because the rest of the party took a right turn.

Today’s Meet The Press transcript will be here.

Also follow the show on the MTP Facebook page, track Twitter feeds from host David Gregory, Meet The Press, and Executive Producer Betsy Fischer, watch the midweek PressPass interview, and don’t forget Gregory’s blog.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda permalink
    October 28, 2012 11:08 am

    And where was talk on Libya? Instead they chose a women’s issue to discuss for 8 minutes. This program is so pro-Obama that it is criminal.

    • October 28, 2012 12:43 pm

      Note that the show has had more Republican guests than Democrats for two weeks in a row,

  2. Carol Thomas permalink
    October 28, 2012 1:05 pm

    Unbelievable and believable. This mornings show did not discuss or mention Libya. I have watched this show for many years–no more.

    • October 28, 2012 1:53 pm

      Carly Fiorina did mention Libya and criticized the President’s handling of the Benghazi situation.

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