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LA Times: World crises drown out Obama’s economic message for midterm election

by Lisa Mathias

The Winston Group’s David Winston comments in the July 23rd edition of LA Times on how President Obama’s handling of foreign policy reflects his handling of policies stateside:

The foreign affairs crises are not drowning out the economic message, but rather heightening concerns about his ability to get to successful policy outcomes, which includes the economy.

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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.

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St. Petersburg Times: Taking out bin Laden is a major moment for President Obama

by Lisa Mathias

Alex Leary writes for today’s St. Pete Times on President Obama’s decision-making and his role in the successful plan that resulted in Osama bin Laden’s death. David Winston raises questions on how Obama’s stance on foreign policy coupled with his recent achievement will affect his approval numbers while raising certain questions:

Indeed, Obama faces broader questions about his foreign policy strategy. Debate will intensify this summer over his decision to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.

“This is an important accomplishment,” said GOP pollster David Winston. “It sets up, ‘Where does he go from here?’ ”

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