A recent CNN/ORC poll shows, among moderates in Ohio, President Obama has a 68 to 31 percent lead over Mitt Romney. On Tuesday’s The Last Word, Vice President of msnbc.com Richard Wolffe joined Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the importance of Ohio’s 18 electoral votes in the upcoming presidential election.
“Democrats need a super-majority of moderates,” Wolffe explained, “There aren’t as many self-identified Democrats as there are Conservatives and Republicans out there.”
After the show, I asked him why he thinks more Republicans self-identify with their party:
“I do think that Democrats identify with a moderate idea,” he said. “There’s something at the heart of the Democrats’ view of themselves and the way the country should be that means they believe in a community of shared values and compromise. And there’s an overlap there with moderates—actually, there’s an overlap there with moderate Republicans too.”
Wolffe went on to say that the reason why Democrats elect centrist presidents like Bill Clinton or John F. Kennedy is because they reflect the actual make-up of the country.