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U.S. News and World Report: Will Gingrich’s ‘Contract with America’ for 2012 Beat Cain’s Plan, Romney’s?

by Lisa Mathias

U.S. News features a piece focusing on Newt Gingrich’s campaign, particularly his “21st Century Contract with America,” an economic plan that shows Americans how he hopes to change the country’s current economic situation. The WG’s David Winston comments:

“What’s that compelling idea that says to the electorate: You should be president?” he explains. “I think that’s what [Gingrich] would like to be able to present; I think that’s what all the Republican candidates would ultimately like to present.”

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Washington Examiner: The myth of Republican unhappiness with the field

by Lisa Mathias

Wednesday’s Washington Examiner takes a look at the perceived pessimism growing in voters about the prospects for 2012 Republican candidate. But Byron York writes that this unhappiness is something mostly perpetuated by the media, and that voters simply haven’t made their minds up yet, as David Winston says:

“I’m not sure I’ve seen any,” says Republican pollster David Winston. “There is this sense that since we haven’t gotten to a clear, decisive winner, then that means there must be dissatisfaction. But it could mean that people are still thinking it through.”

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WSJ: Health Overhaul Heads to Justices

by Lisa Mathias

Today’s Wall Street Journal features a piece on the Obama administration’s decision to leave the health care overhaul to the Supreme Court. The Court’s decision could effect the 2012 elections, potentially putting the issue back into the forefront.

“Having this particular issue emerge right in the middle of the presidential campaign draws attention back to the fact that, while the economy was tanking, he was focusing on health care,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster.

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The Fiscal Times: Chris Christie Talks Presidential, Leaves Door Open

by Lisa Mathias

The Fiscal Times released an article this week among the speculation that New Jersey governor Chris Christie is considering running for the 2012 presidency. Christie recently spoke at an event at the Ronald Reagan library in California, talking about American exceptionalism and investment. The WG’s David Winston says even among his recent publicity, Christie’s decision is still completely up in the air:

David Winston, a GOP political strategist, told The Fiscal Times on Tuesday afternoon before the speech: “[Christie] is a major figure. But his impact on the primary race at this point is unclear.”

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Des Moines Register: Bachmann’s fall in polls makes Iowa essential

by Lisa Mathias

Jason Noble of the Des Moines Register takes a look at the current status of Michelle Bachmann’s campaign in light of her recent poll numbers where she reached only 5% and 8% in two different polls. Noble says Rick Perry has much to do with this, and David Winston says this is nothing out of the ordinary:

“I don’t think what happened to her is unusual,” said Winston, who is based in Washington, D.C. “But she clearly missed an opportunity in growing her support.”

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National Review: Obama & Reagan: No Comparison

by Lisa Mathias

WG President David Winston released an op-ed in today’s National Review, looking at President Obama’s and President Reagan’s administrations side-by-side, in terms of unemployment numbers and economic growth. Winston takes a look at the numbers:

After two-and-a-half years of Reaganomics, by this time in 1983, second-quarter growth had hit an astounding 9.3 percent and would be followed by three more quarters of 8 percent or higher growth. In contrast, Obama’s second-quarter growth this year was an anemic 1.0 percent, with no light at the end of the tunnel.

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David Winston on Andrea Mitchell Reports, 9/6/11

by Lisa Mathias

David chatted briefly with Chris Matthews (filling in for Andrea Mitchell) and former governor Ed Rendell on the 2012 GOP candidates, focusing on Mitt Romney:

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Politico: On jobs bill, White House bets on Boehner’s support

by Lisa Mathias

While the country is desperate for more jobs, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehnerc can both afford to gain each other’s support, write Carrie Brown and Jake Sherman of Politico. They turned to David Winston for insight, who said that Republicans have a slight advantage:

He pointed to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that found voters prefer a Republican-controlled Congress by the widest margin, 6 points, in more than a year.

“The House is going to take the proposals the White House put forward, look through them and try to find out where there can be clear common ground, and once that emerges, then we’ll see what the White House’s reaction is to that,” Winston said.


USA Today: Poll: ‘Gaping divide’ between Democrats and ‘switchers’

by Lisa Mathias

USA Today writes about the latest poll by the group Third Way, focusing on a group of voters dubbed “switchers,” who voted for Obama in 2008 but then voted for Republicans in the midterm elections. The WG’s David Winston says that winning these voters relies on positioning, especially for President Obama:

“This isn’t about how you’re going to position Republicans,” Winston said. “This is about how are you going to position the president if he’s going to have a chance to win re-election.”

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Washington Examiner: Obama wants road project funding to create jobs

by Lisa Mathias

Today’s Washington Examiner featured David Winston in a piece on President Obama’s remarks about jobs in the White House Rose Garden, focusing on national transportation projects and construction jobs. Winston comments that Obama’s speech wasn’t convincing of any solid plans on job creation:

“This was his ‘It’s not my fault’ speech,” said GOP strategist David Winston. “What he’s trying to do is take attention away from the fact that his job approval numbers have tanked.”

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