Elections 2012 in the swing states are now exhilarating thrill rides or the throw-up kind, depending on your political party.
Sunday morning, Ohio Governor John Kasich announced on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will take the Buckeye State on Election Day, Nov. 6.
Saturday, Iowa’s largest newspaper, The Des Moines Register, surprisingly announced that it endorses Mitt Romney for President, after backing Democrats for 40 years and Barack Obama in 2008.
On Friday, Nevada’s first Latino governor predicted that GOP candidate Romney will win the Silver State, home of the most famous and powerful Democrat in the nation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
All three states were once thought to be Obama’s. Kasich’s announcement this morning was just one of three swing state surprises to hit Obama in the last few days. “I honestly think that Romney is going to carry Ohio, and you know I haven’t been saying this. I now believe it is going to happen,” Kasich told Sunday viewers.
Pundits inside and outside of Iowa were surprised Saturday by The Des Moines Register’s endorsement of Romney over Obama, whom they supported in 2008. The paper has not endorsed a Republican for the past 40 years, since Richard Nixon in 1972.
While the paper applauded both candidates’ credentials and records, the key question for the editorial team came down to this: “Which candidate could forge the compromises in Congress to achieve these goals?”
The paper felt that Mitt Romney was the stronger candidate, based on his record of working with an 85% Democratic legislature while governor of Massachusetts.
Speaking to a crowd in Kissimmee, FL yesterday, Romney explained his ability to work with Democrats:
“We didn’t go to work fighting each other; we came to work to work together. We found a way to do that. So we cut spending, we actually reduced the amount of money government was spending. And then we cut taxes 19 times…. We made our state more business-friendly.”
The end result? Romney and the Democrats turned a $3-billion budget gap into a $2-billion rainy-day fund, and the state’s job growth improved.
“Those principles could work to get America together. We’ve got to do it. We can’t do this without the help of the people across the aisle.”
Nevada’s Latino Governor Brian Sandoval predicts Romney, not Obama, will take the state once thought to be owned by Harry Reid, whose support of Senate candidate Shelley Berkley hasn’t been enough to push her ahead of Dean Heller, her Republican challenger, either.
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