If voters were required to be married, Republican Mitt Romney wouldn’t be sweating the November outcome of the race for president, the Gallup organization says this morning.
Married registered voters prefer Romney over Democratic incumbent Barack Obama by 54 to 39 percent, according to data collected by the polling group this summer:
Nonmarried Americans strongly prefer President Obama to rival Mitt Romney, 56% to 35%; this group includes those who are single, in a domestic partnership, widowed, divorced, and separated. Support for President Obama varies among these subgroups — those who are single (61%), are in a domestic partnership (62%), or are separated (58%) are especially supportive of the president, while the divorced (51%) are somewhat less so, with those who are widowed breaking even.
Other Republicans may be critical Mitt Romney for piling on President Barack Obama in the midst of this week’s eruption of protests in the Mideast. But Saxby Chambliss, the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, won’t be one of them.
Said Chambliss in a Thursday interview with Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM):
”Look, we are less than 60 days out from the election of the next president…This is a heated campaign, and I think it is incumbent upon anybody that wants to be commander-in-chief to speak on matters of national security when times of emergency arise. That’s exactly what Governor Romney did. I won’t even go into what he said, because that part of it is immaterial. The fact is that he gave a response, and his response was very strong.”
At the time, the facts on the ground in Libya were yet to be determined, O’Hayer noted. Should Romney have waited? Chambliss’ answer:
”Well, gosh, that’s what politics is about – and that’s what leadership is about now. I don’t think he was out of line for making a statement. I have more respect for him making a statement, and saying what he said, than frankly, I do for the president, who issued a strong statement and then went to Las Vegas to campaign.”
In the middle of her “Planned Bullyhood” book tour, former secretary of state Karen Handel fought MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell to a draw on Thursday afternoon:
Larry Peterson of the Savannah Morning News, burdened with the only candidate contest in Georgia with national implications, says U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, isn’t nearly as proud of his association with President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus package as he used to be:
[A]s recently as February, the accomplishments listed on the website included the following:
“Standing with President Obama to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has already brought over $200 million in funding for roads, hospitals, schools, transportation, and housing to communities in the 12th district.”
… So why was the language on the website that touted the stimulus bill dropped from his list of legislative feats?
“The stimulus just wasn’t a high priority issue for this election cycle,” [Barrow spokesman Richard Carbo] said. “We have other matters we would like to talk about.”
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey’s contention that unemployment in the U.S. is at its highest extended level since the Great Depression.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider