The first presidential debate may be almost a week behind us, but it’s still in the news today - aided in large part by a host of new polls that suggest Governor Mitt Romney has made significant headway in the race for President.
The most notable poll showing a boost for Governor Romney is a national survey of likely voters from the Pew Research Center, which puts the Governor ahead of President Obama 49-45 (margin of error ± 3.4%). Meanwhile, the Gallup daily tracking poll puts President Obama ahead by five points, 50-45 (margin of error ± 4%). That’s the same spread three days before the debate, before the tracking poll was 47-47 three days after the debate.
Another reason why last week’s debate remains a story: a new TV ad out from the Obama campaign this morning. The spot pounces on Governor Romney’s stance on the taxpayer subsidy to PBS, the TV home of Big Bird. And no, folks, this ad is not an SNL spoof.
John Heilemann, National Affairs Editor, New York Magazine/msnbc Political Analyst (@jheil)
Rana Foroohar, TIME
Kamau Bell, FX’s “Totally Biased”
David Corn, Washington Bureau Chief, Mother Jones (@davidcorndc)