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Friday
Mar012013

Rep. King Says Marco Rubio Not Welcome to Raise Money in New York

United States Congress(NEW YORK) -- Representative Peter King, a New York Republican, is furious that Florida Senator, and fellow Republican, Marco Rubio is hitting up New Yorkers for campaign cash after voting against federal funds to rebuild the region after superstorm Sandy ravaged the area.

In fact, King urged New Yorkers not to give money to any of his fellow Republicans who voted against the Sandy aid.

"Nobody on Wall Street, nobody in the financial services, nobody anywhere in New York should give a nickel to these guys," he told ABC News.

Rubio voted against the $50.4 billion Sandy Relief aid package, but what really irks King is that Rubio is from Florida, a state that has been ravaged by storms in the past and according to King, "has gotten billions and billions of dollars in hurricane aid."

Politico reported this week that the Florida senator who has been called the "Republican savior" is trying to lock down high dollar Wall Street donors ahead of a potential 2016 campaign.

"Over the years I've known so many politicians who almost make a career out of either criticizing New York or voting against New York, and then I find out they are all having fundraisers down on Wall Street or out in the Hamptons," King said.

"[Sandy] is the worst natural disaster we have in the history of our state and region and he just arbitrarily voted no, and then to come in and ask for money... To me, if New York does this then we are just suckers," King said.

The Republican congressman, who represents parts of New York City's Long Island suburbs, said he hasn't spoken to Rubio. King took a karmic view of the lack of communication, adding that Rubio "didn't talk to me before voting against aid for New York."

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Tuesday
Jan152013

House to Vote on Delayed Superstorm Sandy Relief

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives is poised to vote on Tuesday to provide about $50 billion of additional relief for the region impacted by Superstorm Sandy last fall.

The base bill, known as the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Act, includes about $17 billion to fund immediate and critical needs for Sandy victims and their communities.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., has offered an amendment that would provide an additional $33 billion for disaster relief, bringing the total closer to the Obama administration’s emergency supplemental request, which called for $60.4 billion in total relief.

This amendment, which is opposed by many hard-line conservatives, includes funding for longer-term recovery efforts and infrastructure improvements intended to help prevent damage caused by future disasters.

Nearly 100 additional amendments were offered to cut or offset money included in the underlying bill and Frelinghuysen amendment, including one to strike $133 million for improved weather forecasting equipment and satellites.

“While my heart goes out to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, it is unacceptable for Congress to use this disaster as a justification for passing a bill chock-full of pork barrel spending,” Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., wrote in a statement Monday afternoon.  “My amendments to the bill simply and reasonably eliminate funding for any pet projects that are unrelated to emergencies brought on by Hurricane Sandy.”

The House Rules committee determined that most of the 94 amendments were not made in order, but 13 amendments survived and will face a vote on Tuesday as well.

Rep. Nita Lowey, a Democrat from New York, said she is worried that amending the legislation could complicate its passage in the Senate, which voted to approve the president’s request on Dec. 28.  The Senate-passed bill expired after the House refused to consider the legislation before the 112th session of Congress ended earlier this month.

Lowey said she was “deeply concerned” that too many changes to the underlying legislation would “constitute filibuster by amendment, or any number of small reduction amendments making for death by a thousand cuts.”

“While there are some provisions I would modify if I could, my first concern is seeing this legislation promptly enacted,” Lowey stated.

Congress has already approved $9.7 billion for flood insurance on Jan. 4.  The House also passed a separate bill without opposition on Monday evening, the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act, to speed up and streamline federal disaster recovery programs.

After the House voted on the “fiscal cliff” deal on Jan. 1, House Speaker John Boehner decided not to vote on any relief during the 112th Congress.  Republicans and Democrats from the region revolted until Boehner held a private meeting with angry Republican members, during which he promised to make Sandy relief a priority in the 113th Congress.

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Wednesday
Jan092013

Chris Christie Says He’d Like Congress to Listen

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was cautiously optimistic on Wednesday morning that Congress will be able to pass a federal relief aid for the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

“I met with the congressional delegation yesterday, I’m hopeful,” he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.  “But at the end of the day, it’s never done ’till it’s done. ...It’s never done ’till it’s done but I’m going to keep the pressure on.”

Christie, who had particularly pointed criticism at House Republicans after the relief bill was held up in the lower chamber, said that Sandy was “above politics,” and he hopes that both parties can learn to rise above, and learn to listen.

“Sandy is and was above politics.  There are certain things that happen in our lives that have to be above politics and both parties should rise above, as hard as that is for them sometimes,” he said.  “I’d like them to learn to listen.  Listen to people in my state, listen to the people in the state of New York.  They’re suffering, they’re hurting, and they don’t understand why they’ve had to wait seven times longer than the victims of Katrina to get any federal aid.”

Christie also discussed the question of gun control in the wake of the tragedy last month in Newtown, Conn., saying that an assault weapons ban has to be part of a larger conversation.

“We have one here,” he said.  “I think that’s got to be part of the entire conversation.  But if you stop there…You’re short changing the problem.”

The governor left the door open on his 2016 plans, saying his political focus right now is on his re-election campaign in New Jersey.

“You know, anybody who tries to plan four years from now, George, you know, is crazy. The fact of the matter is I’m going to follow the advice my mother gave me, which is to do the job that you have right now as well as you can do it and the future will take care of itself,” Christie said.  “What I want to do now is be the governor of New Jersey, as I said, for the last three years, I’d like to do it for the next four.”

However, Christie said he believes he will be more prepared to run in 2016 than he was in 2012.

“I will be more ready than I was in 2012 because I will have done my job for longer and hopefully gotten better,” he said.

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Tuesday
Jan082013

Chris Christie Foe Claims Governor ‘Prayed’ for Superstorm Sandy

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hours before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was scheduled to give his state of the state address Tuesday afternoon, a political opponent claimed the tough-talking governor “prayed and got lucky” that superstorm Sandy slammed into the Garden State and drove attention away from the New Jersey economy.

In a news conference Monday, Democratic State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who has talked about taking Christie on in the 2013 gubernatorial race, referred to the state’s high unemployment rate and Christie’s jobs record while making the Sandy dig.

“His jobs package is a hurricane. I guess he prayed a lot and got lucky that a storm came,” said Sweeney, according to NJ.com.

Sweeney then immediately followed up the attack, saying, “I shouldn’t say that. I apologize for saying that.”

Christie’s office responded to Sweeney’s attack by saying, “It was shocking to hear Sen. Sweeney reduce Hurricane Sandy and its devastation to a heartless partisan attack.”

“Ask the thousands of New Jerseyans whose homes or businesses were destroyed or damaged if they view Hurricane Sandy as a partisan political issue, or if this is what they want to hear from their leaders at this time of recovery as we fight for disaster aid in Washington,” Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said in a statement. “No one ‘prayed’ for what New Jersey has endured.”

Drewniak added that Sweeney’s comment was “politics at its worst,” and that Sweeney should be “ashamed” and apologize to the state.

Last week, Christie, who is considered a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, drew attention for blasting members of his own party for abandoning a $60 billion relief bill for Sandy victims.

Sweeney’s “prebuttal” to Christie’s address this afternoon immediately drew attacks from Republicans around the state and took away from the main focus of the news conference, which was to  draw attention to the state’s 9.6 percent unemployment rate, the fourth highest in the nation.

Sweeney said he has seriously considered jumping into the Democratic primary to challenge Christie. State Sen. Barbara Buono, who has been in state government for 20 years, has already announced her intention to run. There had been speculation that Newark Mayor Cory Booker would also jump into the race, but Booker  announced a run for U.S. Senate instead. Last week, Christie’s campaign announced it had hauled in more than $2 million in a 36-day period since the governor announced a run for re-election.

Sweeney did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Sunday
Jan062013

President Obama Signs Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill 

White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama signed a bill into law Sunday that allows the National Flood Insurance Program to help meet new claims from damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, The Hill reports.

The $9.7 billion bill, H.R. 41, provides a short-term increase in the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood insurance program. FEMA warned that the program was expected to deplete all of its funds by Monday without the authorization, the paper says.

The House and the Senate passed the bill on Friday. The House is slated to vote on a second Sandy recovery bill on Jan. 15, which could provide an additional $51 billion in storm relief efforts, according to The Hill.

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Saturday
Jan052013

Paul Ryan's Votes on Fiscal Cliff and Sandy Could Haunt Him Four Years from Now

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- These are the two Paul Ryans.

There's "Pragmatic Paul," the compromiser, who on Tuesday voted against most of his GOP House colleagues and with President Obama to raise taxes on wealthy Americans and, on paper at least, add $4 trillion to the national debt.

And there's the uncompromising budget hawk who opposed a bill that allows the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to take on $9.7 billion in new debt to help people and businesses devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

It is a case study for a man who has built up his brand as an intellectual leader, on the one hand, and someone who might have his eyes on higher office in four years.

The Sandy vote was less surprising as he had already spoken out against some of the extraneous items in the legislation, and Friday he said, "It would be irresponsible to raise an insolvent program's debt ceiling without making the necessary reforms."

"I agree with my colleagues that we must help those affected by Hurricane Sandy," Ryan said in a statement. "We should meet all of their needs as quickly as possible.

"Unfortunately, Washington's legislative response fails on both counts. It refuses to distinguish—or even prioritize—disaster relief over pork-barrel spending."

After his vote to prevent the nation from going over the fiscal cliff, he clearly foreshadowed the next fight, the one over the debt ceiling, one he is expected to take an active role in.

"We'll never get our debt under control unless we tackle its main drivers: too little economic growth and too much spending," Ryan said in a statement after the bill's passage.

He added that now is the time to "return our attention to the real problem: out-of-control spending."

So, what went into his thinking over the two different answers to two different bills?

Ryan is particularly close to House Speaker John Boehner. Ryan's first job in politics when he was still a college student was working on Boehner's first congressional campaign in Ohio. Ryan put out yard signs, something the two noted when Boehner joined the GOP vice presidential nominee on the 2012 campaign trail.

However, Ryan spokesperson Kevin Seifert said it was nothing more than, "pragmatic Paul voting his conscience."

The two votes four years from now may mean nothing or could haunt Ryan if he decides to run for president in 2016, depending on who is battling for the nomination.

The fiscal cliff vote could become an issue, particularly if his opponent is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio who could highlight the fact that Ryan voted for the measure while Rubio voted against it.

The Sandy vote could also be resurrected if his rival is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who blasted members of his own party this week when Boehner decided not to vote on a $60 billion Sandy relief package after assuring lawmakers from the affected the states he would.

Paul Ryan's Two Votes May Have Consequences

Republican strategist Ron Bonjean said the votes could be politically manageable for Ryan.

"Looking through the 2016 primary lens, I think he can easily explain voting yes to avert the fiscal cliff meant to protect 98 percent of taxpayers and the issue of Hurricane Sandy designed to save taxpayers money," said Bonjean, who formerly served as both the lead spokesperson in the House and the Senate. "Put (the bill) through the regular House committee process where spending requests could be scrutinized then there wouldn't be any possibility of waste, fraud, and abuse. That's probably where he's looking."

Bonjean notes that the Sandy relief bill overwhelmingly passed anyway, although 67 members, all Republicans, opposed it.

"He's consistently voted with the leadership with big issues," Bonjean said. "We have not yet gone through the debate of spending cuts or the debt ceiling where spending cuts will be the debate. . . In a 2016 primary, he can say, 'Yes I voted to protect 98 percent of taxpayers from having their taxes raised, but guess what. I also worked hard to make sure that we had more than enough spending cuts as the permission slip to raise the debt ceiling.'"

Bonjean added: "He's taking a look at the long game."

Ryan notably had a low profile during the fiscal cliff negotiations letting Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor be the faces of the fight. He was working behind the scenes, as an aide to Ryan said last month, as a "resource to the speaker, a resource to House Republicans."

Will Ryan be more vocal on the looming battle to raise the debt ceiling? It will be one to watch.

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Thursday
Dec202012

To Woo Support, Sandy Aid Bill Plumped Up with Money for Another Hurricane

EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Without mentioning them by name, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Thursday singled out specific Republican senators, calling on them to help pass the supplemental aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The call was also backed up quietly with some money.

Late Wednesday night the Senate Appropriations Committee made some hasty edits in the emergency spending bill for Sandy victims, adding money for states that had been hit -- by a different hurricane. The move no doubt sweetened the pot a bit for some senators who might otherwise complain about excessive government spending.

In a marked up version of the bill, provided to ABC News by a source who did not want to be named, an edit is made to a key sentence:

“That using $34,500,000 of the funds provided herein, the Secretary shall expedite and complete ongoing flood and storm damage reduction studies in areas that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the North Atlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

In the margin, written in pen, were edits adding funding for some hurricanes past.

It now reads, “….Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac in the North Atlantic and Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

You can see the edits, which were written in by hand by members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, HERE.

Hurricane Isaac tore through the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Coast in August of 2012, hitting Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama the hardest.

Elsewhere in the marked up version of the Sandy bill were similar edits, changing references to just “Hurricane Sandy” to include Hurricane Isaac.

At a press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday Senate Majority Leader Reid singled out Republicans.

“When Irene struck, we acted very quickly,” Reid said, using relief for past hurricanes by way of example to get Sandy funding through, “We didn’t look and say, ‘Well, let’s see. Alabama has two Republican senators. Mississippi has two Republican senators. Texas has two Republican senators. Louisiana has one Republican senator.’”

The total amount of the bill will remain $60.4 billion, suggesting some of  the changes effectively will divert money away from Hurricane Sandy aid to Hurricane Isaac relief.

Republicans’ support, even from states in the yearly path of hurricanes, is not guaranteed on the $60.4 billion Sandy aid package being debated in the Senate.

Republicans have balked at the size of the request, and have called for more time to review the deal.

Key Republicans, including Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma took issue at what critics saw as pork -- what the senators called "questionable" spending -- in the bill. According to The Wall Street Journal, the senators criticized more than $5 billion slated for the Army Corps of Engineers because it didn't specify what the money would fund. Headlines were also made by the bill's reported $125 million slated for various Department of Agriculture projects unrelated to Sandy. In a joint statement, the senators said of those extras, "Americans impacted by Hurricane Sandy deserve better than this."

The request, which still needs the approval of Congress, includes billions in urgently needed aid. But it also features some other items:  $2 million to repair roof damage at Smithsonian buildings in Washington that happened before the storm; $4 million to repair sand berms and dunes at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida; and $41 million for clean-up and repairs at eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba among other items.

The Senate is currently working through the Sandy aid package with the hope that a bill can be passed this week or next.

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Tuesday
Dec042012

New York Pols Make White House Appeal for Sandy Relief Funds

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As the White House prepares to send its emergency request for Hurricane Sandy relief to Capitol Hill this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a personal appeal for more than $40 billion to aid his state.

Emerging from meetings with White House officials and members of key congressional committees, Governor Cuomo expressed optimism that lawmakers will deliver tens of billions of dollars in aid.

"If you've walked the streets and you've talked with home owners and small business owners you know how desperate the situation is and this is no time for politics," Gov. Cuomo said Monday.

Cuomo stood beside the entire New York delegation, including Long Island Republican Rep. Peter King.

"All of us stand behind the governor's proposal," King said of Cuomo's appeal for funds. "I believe it's on target. It's what we need. It has to be done."

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Thursday
Nov012012

Superstorm Sandy: Governors Use Twitter to Help Save Lives

@GovChristie/Twitter(WASHINGTON) -- In past weather emergencies, Americans have tuned in to radios and televisions to get information on how to handle disasters, but with Hurricane Sandy, some governors used Twitter as a new way to reach their citizens.

Governors in every state where President Obama declared an emergency, except New Hampshire, tweeted about the storm throughout the day Tuesday, and their efforts continued on Wednesday.  Some sent out photos of damage, survival tips, traffic updates and other information.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted a YouTube video of National Guardsmen unloading supplies Tuesday evening.

"Hoping NYers are staying indoors&safe -->let your friends+fam know you're OK via social media, #Facebook status #Sandy," he tweeted earlier in the day.

Cuomo continued Wednesday to tweet minute-by-minute updates on New York City transit and excerpts from his news briefing with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Andrew Raseij, founder of Personal Democracy Media, a group that covers the intersection of tech and politics, said in this kind of emergency, tweeting can be important for governors.

Raseij praised New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's use of the platform.

"If he's out on social media warning people to evacuate before the press conference and that reaches somebody who leaves their home and then the power goes out and they can't even watch the press conference, then he's reached somebody and saved their lives," Raseij said.

Christie Director of Outreach Lauren Fritts said tweets from the governor's account these past few days were meant to inform and comfort New Jerseyans.

"If you know anything about Gov. Christie, it's that he likes to communicate with the people of New Jersey his way," Fritts said in an email Wednesday.  "Recognizing that many New Jerseyans are unable to watch TV or listen to the radio, we use the governor's twitter account (a common app on most smartphones) as a way to connect him with the people across this state."

Christie's tweets varied between informational updates and emotional expressions of empathy with the people of his state.

"Hurricane #Sandy is now moving twice as fast as I had originally been briefed-we are now expecting landfall in AC in the next hour," Christie tweeted just after 5:30 p.m. Monday.  

Later, in reference to people ignoring his evacuation warning, he posted, "I hope and pray there will not be a loss of life because of people's decisions to stay."

Raseij said, "It's very clear that Gov. Christie's emphatic use of social media saved lives in a moment of crisis."

Some, like Govs. Cuomo and Christie, have gone beyond the basic tweet, tagging other accounts and using hashtags to make their updates more searchable.

Raseij said social media posts are more effective when elected officials craft their own, rather than relying on a staffer to write the messages.

"Obviously, the authenticity of the elected official who uses it themselves creates far more affinity with citizens and, particularly in times of crisis, gives the public a sense that they're being led," he said.

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Wednesday
Oct312012

Storm Response Earns Obama Praise Amid the Election’s Deadlock Drama

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Likely voters of all political stripes give broadly positive ratings to Barack Obama’s response to the devastating storm that smashed the East Coast this week. Whether it makes a difference in the long-deadlocked presidential election is another question.

Initially, the latest ABC News/Washington Post daily tracking poll finds essentially no change: Likely voters are back to exactly an even split in preferences, 49-49 percent between Obama and Mitt Romney – within a point or two of where the race has been all along.

See PDF with full results and charts here.

Regardless, in interviews conducted Tuesday night, 78 percent rate Obama’s response to the hurricane positively (as excellent or good), while just eight percent see it negatively. Romney, who naturally has had a far less prominent role in this issue, is rated positively for his response to the hurricane by 44 percent, negatively by 21 percent, with many more, 35 percent, expressing no opinion.

The federal government’s overall response to the storm is rated about as well as Obama’s, 73 percent positive in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. These ratings are far higher than the government’s, or George W. Bush’s, a week after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The future, of course, is uncertain, and these ratings can change depending on the pace of recovery. Notably, many in each case rate the responses to date as “good” rather than “excellent,” leaving room for reconsideration as the efforts progress.

Views on Obama’s response to the hurricane exhibit some bipartisanship in an otherwise highly partisan period; he’s rated positively on the issue by 63 percent of Republicans as well as more than 80 percent of Democrats and independents, and by nearly as many conservatives (73 percent) as moderates and liberals (eight in 10). The federal government’s response more broadly is rated essentially equally favorably across partisan and ideological lines.

Partisanship roars back in views of Romney’s response; these likely are based on political predispositions, given his lack of an official role in the effort itself. His 70 percent positive score among Republicans drops to 40 among independents and 24 percent among Democrats.

This survey was conducted the past four nights, including interviews after Hurricane Sandy made landfall Monday night. Out of a national sample of 1,288 likely voters, 102 were interviewed Monday and Tuesday in the Northeast. Results in this group are in accord with comparable data from nights before the storm struck.

ELECTION – Partisanship in the election itself is profound, with Obama and Romney each supported by at least 90 percent of likely voters within their parties. Depending on turnout, that can leave things up to independents, a movable group that’s less rooted in partisan preferences.

Their latest direction gives some ground to Obama: Independents now divide by 51-46 percent, Romney-Obama, matching the president’s best in this group since July. He’s gained eight percentage points among independents, and Romney’s lost seven, since last week.

That shift among independents doesn’t tell the whole story because the makeup of the eventual electorate, and precise vote preferences among groups, are yet to be settled. But as with so many other measures, it underscores the unusual closeness of the contest.

MORE GROUPS – Among other divisions are the continued sharp differences by race. Whites in this survey favor Romney by 58-40 percent, including white men at 62-36 percent. Non-whites, for their part, back Obama by 79-20 percent. The question again is turnout proportions; non-whites accounted for a record 26 percent of voters in the 2008 exit poll.

Turnout’s a question, as well, among young voters, a particularly strong group for Obama this year as in 2008, but one that seems less engaged this time around. At this point in 2008, 63 percent of adults under age 30 reported being registered to vote; that compares with 57 percent now. The falloff has occurred specifically among young men; just half now report being registered, down 13 points from this time last year.

Time, of course, is running short. Eighteen percent of likely voters in fact say they’ve already voted, and about as many more intend to do so between now and Election Day.

But the differences between these two groups, too, have tightened. Those who’ve voted early or intend to do so, previously looking better for Obama, now divide by a narrow 51-48 percent; and Election Day likely voters, previously better for Romney, Wednesday split by 47-51 percent. It’s close in both, just like it’s close overall.

FIRST/SECOND TERM – Another result looks at whether likely voters are focused more on what Obama has done in his first term – when the economy’s been in dire straits – or on what he might do in a second term. The division is 27-47 percent, with an additional 17 percent saying they’re focused on both.

Vote preferences among these groups are telling. Among those focused on Obama’s first term, Romney leads by a 17-point margin, 58-41 percent. By contrast, among those who are more interested in what Obama would do in a second term, or who say both matter equally, it’s a 16-point Obama lead, 57-41 percent. Those results explain both candidates’ broad themes – for Obama, a focus on what’s ahead; for Romney, one on what’s gone wrong, particularly economically.

ECONOMY and EMPATHY – Results specifically on the economy also reflect the dynamics of this contest. Trust to handle the economy has been Obama’s greatest vulnerability, yet Romney has been unable to capitalize on it fully; the two continue to run essentially evenly in trust to handle it, 49-47 percent, Romney-Obama. Romney had opened a 9-point lead on the economy last week; it didn’t hold.

But then there’s empathy, which has been Obama’s strong suit – understanding the economic problems of average Americans. On this they’re now at 50-44 percent, Obama-Romney, better for Obama from last week, but well down from his double-digit lead on empathy last summer.

There’s a telling contrast between these sentiments and those four years ago. At this time in the 2008 election Obama led John McCain by 10 points among likely voters, 52-42 percent, in trust to handle the economy, and by a broad 18 points, 56-38 percent, in economic empathy. That’s why the 2008 election was not a particularly close one – and why this year’s is another story entirely.

Partisan divisions in this survey, Democrats-Republicans-independents, are 33-28-36 percent among likely voters. Partisan divisions in the 2008 exit poll were 39-32-29 percent.  “Battleground states” as designated by the ABC News Political Unit are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina.

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