Politico: Barack Obama’s jobs message eclipses his tone

by Lisa Mathias

As President Obama’s approval ratings in the polls are slowly climbing, MJ Lee at Politico tries to explain possible reasons for the change. It appears that Obama’s efforts to reach across the aisle to Republicans is working, but pollsters say its more that the public is feeling better about the economy, with or without whatever Obama is saying to address it. This will be important as 2012 approaches, according to David Winston:

“He’s got to create outcomes and results supported by his communication in order to rebuild his coalition,” Winston said. “At this point, the White House has to figure out the age-old problem of how to build a majority while keeping the base happy at the same time.”

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CBS: GOP’s presidential hopefuls not diving into race

by Lisa Mathias

CBS’ Jeff Greenfield looks into the question of why no major GOP figures have officially announced running for presidency for the 2012 elections. Some have only publicly toyed with the idea thus far, like Newt Gingrich. The WG’s David Winston explains why no one has jumped to start any campaigns yet:

“Last time, you had a lot of people in for an extended period of time, and that didn’t really accrue any particular advantage,” said David Winston, a CBS News analyst and longtime Republican strategist.

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