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Breaking for Staff, Press Football Game, Mitt Romney Ignores Questions on Iran, Debates and Polls

Alex Wong/Getty Images(DELRAY BEACH, Fla.) -- Mitt Romney stopped by a football game between members of his staff and the press this afternoon, declining to take questions on Iran, the debate or polls, during a rare break from debate prep.

“Let’s see, look at the captain,” said Romney, walking onto the beach across the street from the Delray Beach, Florida hotel where he’s spent time preparing for Monday evening’s debate. Romney and his wife Ann spent the morning at church, but shortly after returning, the Republican nominee opted to pop by the game.

As he stood and watched the first play, reporters peppered him with questions.

Asked if he would be open to one-on-one talks with Iran, a reference to the White House shooting down a story yesterday in the New York Times that the administration had agreed to the talks, an aide quickly jumped in, “Guys this is a football game, come on.”

“I thought you were talking about one-on-one talks with the President, I was about to answer,” Romney said, laughing.

Another reporter asked Romney if he feels ready for Monday’s debate, to which Romney responded, “Ready for football!”

When asked about this morning poll that showed him in a dead heat nationally with the president, Romney ignored the question altogether.

Prior to the start of the game, Romney conducted the coin toss between a reporter and his communications director, Gail Gitcho. The reporters won the toss – correctly calling “tails.”

“Tails it is! That’s the last call you guys are getting,” Romney said to the group of reporters. “Who’s the ringer over here. Who is it, who is it?”

Then, poking fun at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was not on hand for today’s game, Romney said, “Where’s Chris Christie when we need him? He’s our line.”

Romney led a team huddle among his staff, which included much of his senior brass – Bob White, Senior advisers Peter Flaherty, Ron Kaufman, Eric Fehrnstrom and debate prep partner Sen. Rob Portman. Romney lead them in a team cheer, referencing the popular quote “Clear Eyes Can’t Lose” from the television series “Friday Night Lights,” and then offered some advice to the team:

“Figure out which of their players is best and take them out early,” he said. “That’s right, don’t worry about injuries guys, this counts. Win.”

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Obama Campaign Slams New Swing State Poll

Alex Wong/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Obama campaign Monday blasted the latest battleground state polling that finds Mitt Romney with a five-point lead among likely voters, saying the Gallup/USA Today poll has “deep flaws.”

“Gallup’s data is once again far out of line with other public pollsters,” Obama’s pollster Joel Benenson wrote in a memo.

The survey of 12 key swing states finds Romney pulling ahead thanks to increased enthusiasm from women voters, a demographic that both campaigns have targeted aggressively. President Obama and the GOP nominee are tied 48 percent to 48 percent among women who are likely voters, the poll found.

“We believe the problem with Gallup’s outlying data is rooted in their 7 question likely voter screen, which distorts the composition of likely voters, leading to erratic and inaccurate results,” Benenson wrote.

“In the past, Gallup’s justification for such outlying numbers is that they are providing a snapshot of voter attitudes during a particular time period, not predicting the outcome of the election. But this implausible result among women appears to not even provide an accurate reflection on the electorate today, making its value questionable,” he said.

In response, the Republican National Committee said that "after spending the past two weeks talking about Big Bird, now the best President Obama’s campaign can do is litigate polling,” referring to Obama’s attacks against Mitt Romney for saying in the first debate that he would cut federal funding for public broadcasting to reduce the deficit.

“The truth is Team Obama can’t defend his record or explain what his plan is for the next four years,” an RNC spokeswoman said.

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Former Gov. Ted Strickland ‘Happy’ About President Obama’s Ohio Chances

Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said he’s confident about President  Obama’s chances in the Buckeye State, despite polls that show a slight tightening in the race after Obama’s lackluster performance in the first presidential debate.

“The latest poll that I see has the president at 51 to 45 or 56 percent, and I’ll take that,” Strickland said during an ABC News/Yahoo News livestream show on Thursday. “Ohio’s a closely contested state. It will be a very close election, but any time the president is over 50 percent, I’m a happy guy.”

Strickland, an Obama surrogate, said that the Ohio economy is recovering thanks to Obama’s policies, which has helped boost the president in voters’ minds.

“The president and this administration I think has been really good for Ohio,” Strickland said. “We’re back on track and Ohioans understand that.”

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Biden, Paul Ryan Brace for Vice Presidential Debate as Polls Tighten

Joe Raedle/Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The pressure to "reset" the presidential race is on President Obama's team this time around. With a variety of new polls showing Mitt Romney riding the wave of his post-debate surge to a near deadlock among likely voters, the Obama campaign is looking for ways to break the challenger's rising tide.

And Vice President Joe Biden is lining up as the man to do it.

"The Obama campaign has lost all the momentum they had and now are in danger of falling behind," ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd said Tuesday morning. "Biden is important to stop the bleeding and regain their footing. And as important, Ryan has to not step in it, so the Romney trajectory can continue."

Dowd was reminded of former President George W. Bush's poor opening debate performance in 2004, which briefly gifted Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry a similar bump in the polls.

"When Cheney asked me in debate prep what he needed to do after the Miami debacle, I said, 'Stop the gangrene from spreading,'" Dowd said. "Biden has to do same."

For his part, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says he expects Biden to come at him "like a cannonball."

Both vice presidential candidates are off the stump Tuesday. Ryan is in Virginia being drilled before his date with Biden at Centre College in Danville, Ky., Thursday night. The vice president is sharpening his steel in Delaware, his home state.

Meanwhile, with polls showing Romney making inroads with women voters, wife Ann Romney has published an essay titled, "The Man I Know" on Blog Her, a general interest website aimed at women readers.

"Last Wednesday night, in a debate watched by nearly 70 million people, America and the world got to see the Mitt Romney I've known for most of my life," she begins, an opening bid to solidify the positive impressions her husband made last week during his first one-on-one with Obama.

"Mitt has always been my hero," she writes. "There have been times in my life when I didn't think I could make it, when I wasn't sure I could take one more step. And in those times, when I couldn't do it on my own, Mitt was always there for me to lean on."

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Mitt Romney: ‘Pleased with Some Polls, Less So with Other Polls’

JEWEL SAMAD/FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- On the same day that polls in two key battleground states -- Ohio and Florida -- showed President Obama growing his lead over Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate acknowledged that he is, “pleased with some polls, less so with other polls.”

“Frankly at this early stage, polls go up, polls go down,” Romney said in an interview on Wednesday with ABC’s David Muir on the campaign trail in Toledo, Ohio.

Romney pointed to the first presidential debate -- to take place in one week -- as a potential turning point in the race.

“We have a chance during the debate to make our message clear to the American people,” the former Massachusetts governor told Muir, “and I’m absolutely convinced that when people see the two of us talk about our direction for America they’re going to support me because I know what it takes to make the economy going [sic] again, and the president has proven he does not.”

Romney spoke to Muir at the end of his busiest day of campaigning in the Buckeye State in months. Romney held rallies in Westerville and Toledo and a manufacturing roundtable in Bedford Heights.

[Read a transcript of David Muir's interview with Mitt Romney]

A New York Times-CBS News-Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday morning found President Obama’s edge over Romney in the crucial state growing to double digits, 53 percent to 43 percent. That’s up from the president’s 50 percent to 44 percent lead in a similar poll released on August 23.

In response to Wednesday’s new numbers as well as a series of other public polls in the state, ABC News moved the state of Ohio, with its 18 electoral votes, from “Toss Up” territory to “Lean Obama.”

But Romney said he was not deterred.

“I’m tied in the national polls, both Gallup and Rasmussen have the numbers at even,” he told ABC News. “State by state you’ve got some advertising going on from the Obama people, which expresses their views on my positions which frankly, I think are inaccurate, and in some cases, dishonest.”

In the interview, Romney declined to respond directly to the voices of critics, some from within his own party, who have been urging him to shift his strategy after several trying weeks for his campaign.

“There are critics and there are cheerleaders, we have people of all different persuasion,” Romney said, noting that “every day there are improvements and new messages that come out.”

“What the president said just the other day about ‘bumps in the road’ with regards to the events in the Middle East,” he added. “That obviously was a whole new area to be discovered and discussed.”

The Republican presidential hopeful was making his way across the state on the same day that President Obama campaigned at two Ohio colleges -- Bowling Green State University and Kent State University. At those events the president did not miss an opportunity to refer to the comments made by Romney in a hidden camera video released last week showing the GOP candidate saying that “47 percent” of the American people are dependent upon government and would not vote for him.

While some critics of the negative poll numbers point to oversampling of Democrat respondents -- which would skew the numbers in favor of President Obama -- Romney said he will be offering a different message to voters in the battleground states he will be visiting between now and Election Day.

“Mine is a campaign about 100 percent of the people, not 99 and one, not any other percent,” Romney said. “It’s about getting 100 percent of the people in this country to have a brighter future, better job prospects and higher take home pay.”

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Dems Open Convention As Poll Says Obama's Popularity Falls

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Democrats opened their convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday with the vision of keeping President Obama in the White House, but they were hit with the news that a new poll found his popularity among women in a tailspin and the national debt has zoomed past $16 trillion.

Obama's personal popularity has dropped seven percentage points since April, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday night.

The decline has occurred entirely among women voters, a core constituency and one which he has courted in recent weeks by accusing his Republican challengers of carrying out a "war on women."

For the first time since taking office, more women rated the president unfavorable than favorable, according to the poll.

The survey also found Obama to have the lowest personal popularity overall of any incumbent president going into a convention since the 1980s. Just 47 percent of registered voters rate Obama "favorably," while 49 percent of respondents rate him unfavorably, the poll found.

The good news for Obama is that Republican rival Mitt Romney did even worse in a similar poll last week. Among all Americans, 40 percent now see Romney favorably, 47 percent unfavorably.

Obama's much more popular wife, first lady Michelle Obama, will address the convention and the nation Tuesday night in a primetime speech that will likely target women voters.

On a night that Democrats hoped to reignite voters' ardor as the race enters its homestretch, Obama finds himself up against a series of difficult roadblocks.

In addition to the dismal poll numbers, perhaps an even more insurmountable figure was released Tuesday. The Treasury Department announced that the national debt reached $16 trillion, a number Republicans quickly seized on and laid at Obama's feet.

The party this week will put forward its best and brightest stars, from stalwarts like former president Bill Clinton to Tuesday night's primetime keynote speaker, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. They will all push the same message: President Obama will more quickly and more humanely fix the ailing economy than the Republicans.

Castro, the youngest mayor of a major American city, is expected to hammer Romney for being out of touch and favoring the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

Moreover, Castro is expected to appeal to Latino voters, another important and divided bloc that Obama is actively courting.

"Republicans tell us that if the most prosperous among us do even better, that somehow the rest of us will too. Folks...we've heard that before," Castro is expected to say, according to released excerpts of his speech.

"Either way, their theory has been tested. It failed. Our economy failed. The middle class paid the price. Your family paid the price. Mitt Romney just doesn't get it," he will say.

Castro credits Obama with saving the country from financial ruin four years ago, a direct response to Romney's latest line of attack, asking voters if they're better off today than they were four years ago.

"Four years ago, America stood on the brink of a Depression. Despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition, our president took action. And now we've seen 4.5 million new jobs," Castro will say.

Castro said voters have to choose between a country "where the middle class pays more, so that millionaires can pay less... Or a country where everybody pays their fair share."

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Mitt Romney Faces Historically-Low Popularity as RNC Kicks Off

ABC News Radio(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Republicans celebrated the nomination of Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate Tuesday night with a determination to defeat President Obama, but their Tampa party was marred by a new poll that found Romney to be the least popular major-party nominee since 1984.

Tuesday night's nomination brought Romney into the home stretch of the long race to the White House and was a moment to be savored by the candidate and his party. Delegates danced in the aisles at the Tampa Bay Forum between speeches and cheered predictions that Romney was the next president of the United States.

But a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday evening found that Romney has the lowest personal popularity of any major-party nominee in nearly 30 years.

More than half of all respondents, 51 percent, rate Romney "unfavorably," while only 40 percent rate him "favorably," a broader concept than simple likeability, which reflects a sense that the candidate understands the problems of average Americans, according to the poll.

No candidate has ever won the general election with such low favorability numbers.

By comparison, President Obama rates better but still not great. Fifty percent of respondents rate Obama "favorably" and 47 percent "unfavorable."

Romney survived a long and brutal primary, and well before becoming the party's official nominee Tuesday he has bore the brunt of attacks from President Obama, all of which have likely taken a toll on his ratings.

Inside the Tampa Bay Forum, isolated from news of the poll, the mood remained upbeat.

"How can you not be excited about this," New Jersey delegate Mike Donohue asked ABC News. "I was in Minnesota four years ago, it was nothing like this. Not that there wasn't enthusiasm, but it's off the charts this year, it really is."

But in an attempt to woo those outside the convention center, Republicans used the first night of primetime television coverage of the convention to reintroduce Romney to a broader swath of the American public, casting him as champion of family values and an economic reformer.

Headlining the primetime coverage of the Republican National Convention, Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- as different in disposition as they are united in their support of Romney -- sought to energize the party faithful and swing independents as the race enters its final 70 days.

As she has done for more than a year on the stump, Ann Romney sought to humanize her often-stiff husband, painting him as committed father of five boys and devoted husband who sustained her during life-threatening bouts of multiple sclerosis and cancer.

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"I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a 'storybook marriage,'" Ann Romney said. "Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or breast cancer," two diseases she has survived.

Ann Romney paralleled Romney's role as a family man to his ability to be president, pledging, "This man will not let us down."

"I can't tell you what will happen over the next four years," she said. "But I can only stand here tonight, as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an American, and make you this solemn commitment: This man will not fail. This man will not let us down."

If Ann Romney's job was to make Romney more relatable and human, then it was Christie's to make him more presidential.

Much of the convention was built around a theme of "We Built It," a jibe against Obama, whose remarks were construed to suggest that business owners were not responsible for their own success.

Many attendees wore hard hats or carried signs emblazoned with the "We Built It" motto.

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Romney Advisor on Poll Numbers: 'It's the Summer'

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- A senior Mitt Romney advisor brushed off recent poll numbers that show the GOP candidate dragging behind President Obama, reminding reporters in Boston today that “it’s the middle of the summer.”

“There have been three polls over the last 36 hours showing us down from anywhere from 6 to 9 points or so,” said the staffer, who declined to go on the record, during a briefing at campaign headquarters.

“Guys, it's the middle of summer.  It's the doldrums.  It's the middle of the Olympics,” the advisor said. “There's not been any national news, anything that would push these numbers from minus three to minus nine points.  That's a huge shift.  You have to have some kind of precipitating event to move numbers like that.”

The advisor was referring to several polls in the past few days that have shown Obama up between 7 and 9 percentage points over Romney nationally, including ones by Reuters/Ipsos, CNN/ORC and Fox News.

The latest Gallup tracking poll, however, continued to show Obama and Romney statistically tied, which the advisor said we would see change in “if there was movement.”

“We’re not seeing it there,” said the advisor, of the Rasmussen and Gallup polls.

The advisor attributed the slumping poll numbers to the fact that he believes people are “not paying as much attention to this process as we all think they are, as we’d like them to.”

“I think the impact of the European trip is just negligible,” the advisor said, when asked whether the polls could have been due to a series of bad press Romney received during his 6-day trip overseas. “I mean it just, it just disappears within a couple of days.”

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Romney Says Even If You Like Obama, You Can’t Afford Him

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Mitt Romney appeared Wednesday to acknowledge a recent poll that found President Obama more likeable by warning a crowd in North Carolina that “even if we like” the president, Americans “can’t afford” his policies.

Romney’s nod to the issue of likeability came during a speech billed as a “prebuttal” to Obama’s speech that will be delivered at the Democratic National Convention later this fall.

“Even if you like Barack Obama, we can’t afford Barack Obama,” said Romney. “It’s time to get someone that will get this economy going and put the American people back to work with good jobs and rising income.”

An ABC News/Washington Post poll earlier this week found Romney trailing President Obama in personal popularity by 21 points, becoming the first presumptive nominee to be seen more unfavorably than favorably in the past 28 years.

The poll found that 35 percent of Americans see Romney favorably and 47 percent see him unfavorably. Fifty-six percent of Americans saw Obama favorably in the poll.

On Wednesday Romney urged voters not to “fall for the same lines” from the president, even suggesting that the public not be overly-trusting of the commander-in-chief.

“We’re a trusting people, we’re a hopeful people, but we’re not dumb,” said Romney.

“And we’re not going to fall for the same lines from the same person just because it’s in a different place,” said Romney. “We’re going to recognize that it’s time that we’ve learned who Barack Obama is and what he’s capable of doing, that he’s over his head and he’s swimming in the wrong direction. And we’re convinced that it’s time to get America working again.”

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Gingrich Cites Days-Old Poll as New in Florida Speech

ABC News(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The majority of polls released in the lead-up to the Florida primary have shown Mitt Romney increasing his lead over Newt Gingrich, but during his third stop of his fly-around Florida tour Monday, Gingrich cited a days-old poll that he said had come out just hours before his speech as showing him tied in Florida with Romney.

“Tomorrow is a really, really big day, and let me just say, the polls are all over the place. We just got word of a brand-new poll that came out about an hour ago that said we are now tied 35 percent,” Gingrich said, as some in the crowd started to chant, “Newt! Newt! Newt!”

The poll was actually released Friday and conducted early last week, when the margin between Gingrich and Romney was much smaller than it is one day before the primary.

A Quinnipiac poll of likely Republican voters in Florida released Monday found Romney with a 14-point lead over Gingrich, receiving 43 percent of support compared to 29 percent garnered by the former speaker.

Gingrich said the Romney campaign viewed their path victory through a plan to “destroy Gingrich,” causing them to deploy millions of dollars in advertisements on what Gingrich labeled as “falsehoods” after witnessing Gingrich’s rise in the polls and win in South Carolina.

Traveling throughout the state by plane the day before the primary, Gingrich appeared at the event in a Tampa airport hangar an hour and forty-five minutes late. The airport hangar was partitioned into three areas with giant blue curtains, with the small crowd of over 200 people only filing into the center section. Some of the volunteers who spoke before Gingrich’s arrival took to the podium more than once, and at one point, a volunteer even asked people in the audience if they would like to speak about Gingrich.

Gingrich was introduced by Michael Reagan and former presidential candidate Herman Cain, who endorsed Gingrich on Saturday evening.

“The liberals, the administration, President Obama, they want you to believe the game is over. The game is just getting started,” Cain said as he tried to rev up the audience while they waited for Gingrich to conclude media interviews.

Over the past week, the crowd sizes at Gingrich’s event have vacillated. Early last week, Gingrich had more than 5,000 people at a park in Naples, but four days later, he found himself speaking to just 50 people at a Hispanic town hall in Orlando. Gingrich’s crowd counts were back up Sunday, when thousands of senior citizens waited in the sun for the former speaker in a parking lot adjacent to a Barnes & Noble in The Villages retirement community.

But despite the low turnout at his Tampa event Monday, Gingrich tried to keep his supporters upbeat about his prospects in the primary, telling the audience that a win in Florida will send a message to the establishment figures and financial titans who balk at a Gingrich victory.

“With your help, we’re going to win a great victory tomorrow,” Gingrich said. “We’ll send a signal to George Soros, to Goldman Sachs and to the entire New York and Washington establishment that money power can’t buy people power.”

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