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Businessweek: Obama: Connecting the Dots to Win

by Lisa Mathias

Businessweek looks at the economic numbers behind Obama’s struggling presidency, questioning whether he has a chance at re-election among the country’s current situation. David Winston says Republicans may have a better chance:

“What’s going to decide this election is jobs and the economy,” says David Winston, a Republican pollster and strategist. “The door is wide open for Republicans.”

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National Journal: Some Democrats Wary of Welcoming OWS to Fold

by Lisa Mathias

Today’s National Journal features an article that outlines the unwillingness of some Democratic lawmakers to align with the Occupy Wall Street movement, hesitant to take on their populist message that may alienate voters. Democrats know that although voters generally support taxing the rich, voters don’t like the idea of raising taxes, especially during a struggling economy, as The WG’s David Winston points out:

“Even if you’re talking about taxing some other group, at some point, voters think, ‘It’s going to come back to me,’” said David Winston, a Republican pollster. “It’s like opening Pandora’s box.”

To read the full article, turn to nationaljournal.com

The Republic: Presidential campaigns make it tough on GOP congressional candidates

by Lisa Mathias

The Republic’s Kathleen Hennessy reports on Republican lawmakers’ less than enthusiastic feelings about the GOP 2012 presidential candidates. The WG’s David Winston explains what the candidates need to focus on in order to get more support:

“The challenge for the Republican presidential field is to stay on topic, to let the No. 1 issue be the No. 1 issue,” said David Winston, an adviser to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

To read more, go to therepublic.com

NYTimes: Successes Overseas Are Unlikely to Help Obama at Home

by Lisa Mathias

The New York Times’ Saturday edition reported on the effect that President Obama’s efforts abroad have had on his favorability numbers, and whether his wartime success will help his political future. The WG’s David Winston stated that Obama is ignoring the most important issue, which will affect his re-election possibilities:

“Foreign affairs is important, but when placed against the scale of the problem with jobs and the economy, it’s dwarfed,” said David Winston, a Republican strategist. “It’s the equivalent of a house on fire: he’s fixing the window while the rest of the house is burning down.”

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NYTimes: Some Risks as Obama Confronts Congress

by Lisa Mathias

Tuesday’s New York Times addressed President Obama’s comments on Republicans during a tour of Virginia and North Carolina, questioning whether his jabs at the GOP will contribute to his efforts to be seen as a leader trying to remedy the unemployment issue in the country. The WG’s David Winston says Obama is not in a position to joke about Republican efforts:

“What he’s obviously trying to do is model himself on Harry Truman and the ‘do-nothing Congress,’ ” said David Winston, a Republican strategist. “The problem with that is that the unemployment rate in November of 1948 was 3.8 percent.”

To read the full article, access it at nytimes.com

CS Monitor: The Herman Cain surge: why he rose (not Mitt Romney) as Rick Perry slid

by Lisa Mathias

The Christian Science Monitor focuses on Hermain Cain’s recent rise in the polls, as Cain has managed to fall just behind Mitt Romney in the top spot. CS Monitor turned to The WG’s David Winston for a possible explanation why Cain is now doing so well:

“There’s a door open such that people are willing to look at him and his accomplishments,” says Republican pollster David Winston. “Voters want candidates who say what they’ll do and try to lay out solutions.”

To read the full article, turn to csmonitor.com

David Winston on the Today Show – October 1, 2011

by Lisa Mathias

The WG’s David Winston was interviewed this weekend for a Today Show story on Chris Christie potential run for the 2012 presidential election:

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NY Times: Success Battling Terrorists, but Scant Glory for It

by Lisa Mathias

In the wake of news reporting that Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen last Friday, New York Times’ Jackie Calmes looks at President Obama’s approach to terrorism and foreign policy. His successes haven’t been reflected in his approval approval ratings, however, and The WG’s David Winston explains why:

“While people view what’s occurred as positive, it’s not enough to offset the concern about how he’s handling the No. 1 issue — jobs and the economy. And that’s what he’s being judged on,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster.

To read more, check it out at nytimes.com

David Winston on Andrea Mitchell Reports, 9/30/11

by Lisa Mathias

The WG’s David Winston interviewed with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC today, talking about 2012 and the economy:

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