Chris Christie appeared on ABC’s This Week on Sunday and spent most of his time on the show defending Romney’s performance as a presidential candidate. In this appearance with George Stephanopoulos, the New Jersey governor ginned up conservatives who may be concerned about Mitt Romney slipping in the latest presidential polling. Christie stated that he believed that conservative critics like Charles Krauthammer will be a happier man on Thursday.
Christie also said that President Barack Obama would be good in the debates and he also dished out this single-sentence question as advice for Romney to ask his opponent during the debate — “Why are you lying Mr. President?”.
Gov. Christie alleged that President Obama was lying when pressed about whether or not Mitt Romney’s tax policy would benefit higher income individuals more than a middle class worker. The governor also suggested that Mitt Romney would be a better negotiator with Congress than President Obama.
But is it too late into the campaign for Team Romney to hit the reset button? Only 33 days are remaining in the camaign and Republicans are hoping that a strong debate performance from Mitt Romney on Wednesday will change public opinion. This late into the campaign voter opinion tends to have cemented and only a few campaigns have seen a dramatic turnaround solely from a debate performance.
The governor also took a hard line against the embattled Todd Akin who chose to stay in the Missouri Senate race as a challenger to Claire McCaskill. In late August, several high profile Republicans denounced Todd Akin’s now famous remarks about “legitimate rape”. Gov. Chris Christie was asked during the program whether or not he thought that Todd Akin should have the support of the Republican Party and without hesitation the governor replied, “no” in a forceful tone.