If Mitt Romney wants to win the White House, he will almost certainly have to win Ohio first.
A new CNN-ORC poll of likely Ohio voters shows Romney gaining ground. The GOP nominee is within 4 points of President Obama, putting the poll tally at a statistical dead heat.
The survey which was released Tuesday, was conducted entirely after last Wednesday’s first presidential debate. While the new poll shows Romney up in suburbs and up among independents, a closer look reveals his challenge to gain support among a key demographic – women.
CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King reports the latest from Columbus, Ohio this morning on “Starting Point.”
President Obama is full campaign mode this week, starting with a speech on Sunday at a star-studded rally in Los Angeles. There will be performances from Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, a number of other A-listers. The president used the occasion to poke fun at his recent disastrous debate performance.
"These guys and everybody here, incredible professionals, they're such great friends and they just perform flawlessly, night after night. I can't always say the same," President Obama jokes.
Meanwhile, the Romney campaign is on the offense, taking Friday's September jobs report, which the White House touts as a triumph and turning that against the president. On ABC's "This Week,
"This economy is not doing well and the fact that you have a White House celebrating an unemployment rate of 7.8% with 23 million Americans out of work or unemployed or underemployed, tells you a lot about the failure of this administration's policies," Romney campaign senior advisor Ed Gillespie says on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.
This is all leading up to Thursday night's first and only vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan joins Soledad and the "Starting Point" team this morning. He's from the crucial swing state of Ohio where an appeals court decided on Friday that early voting will be reinstated for the three days that lead up to Election Day. Ryan addresses whether recent polling shows the President is losing ground to Romney.
"It's the swing state polling on an individual state basis that's really going to matter," Rep. Ryan says. "Here in Ohio, Obama has a great record. He slapped tariffs on Chinese products coming over, that helped job creation right here in Ohio, not to mention the auto industry rescue package. And we've had thousands of jobs that have been created, in my congressional district, 4,500 jobs at a General Motors plant that makes the Chevy Cruise in Lordstown and all of the spin offs."
"Obama is going to be judged on his record here," Ryan adds. "No one think we're where we need to be, but in Ohio we're in a significantly better position than we were in 2008 and 2009."