evening with both conventions behind us, a shift emerging in some of the polls and look at this, nearly two weeks ago before the republican convention, the gallup poll showing governor romney at 47%,... See More
evening with both conventions behind us, a shift emerging in some of the polls and look at this, nearly two weeks ago before the republican convention, the gallup poll showing governor romney at 47%, president obama at 46%, this evening, gallup's tracking poll has obama at 49%, romney, 44%, the president there opening a five-point lead but that is still razor thin and the romney campaign knows it. So tonight we hear something from governor romney after repeatedly saying he'd repeal obama care, now we learn what parts of the president's law he likes. With 58 days to go now as "your voice, your vote" and david kerley at the white house tonight. Reporter: It is mitt romney's mantra, repeated nearly daily. We're going to get rid of obama care. We're going to stop it on day one. We're going to replace it with something better. Reporter: This morning, surprise when it sounded like the republican was changing position. I'm not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course, there are a number of things I like in health care reform that I'll put in place, one is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. Reporter: And allowing families to cover their children indefinitely. A shift in position? No, says the romney campaign. Romney wants to replace what he calls obama care with his own plan. But romney would include some of the very same elements in the president's effort. Their basic idea is since government can't do everything, it should do almost nothing. If you can't afford health insurance, hope you don't get sick. Reporter: The president's defense came in florida where he got quite a welcome. I got to give one to you. Reporter: And a lift from a pizza joint owner. Earlier he had breakfast with seniors before renewing his attack on the romney/ryan medicare plan. Their plan for medicare would bankrupt medicare. No american should have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. Reporter: It has been a campaign season short on specifics by both sides. Something bill clinton pointed out about the romney plan to close tax loopholes. So then you ask, well, which loopholes and how much? You know what they say? See me about that after the election. Reporter: This morning, paul ryan was asked for specifics. The best way to do this is to show the framework, outlines of the plan and work with congress to do it. That's how you get things done. Isn't that a secret plan? No, no, what we don't want is why not specify the loopholes now? Because we want to have the debate in the public. We want to have this debate in congress. Reporter: Ryan's refusal to name any specifics led to immediate rebukes from team obama with the vice president telling a crowd he could not name one loophole. The president calls the romney/ryan plan "bad math." David? Abc's david kerley at the white house tonight, david, our thanks to you. I want to bring in our even yore washington editor, rick klein, tracking all this for us too, as well. Rick, the obama campaign has got to be happy with the gallup numbers we showed at the top of the broadcast but also happy with something else tonight. Let's go to the battleground map. You've been doing the math. Abc news projecting obama with a considerable lead there when it comes to the electoral map and you say one state could really change the game here. That's right, david. Take a look at this. If you were to add in ohio's 18 votes for president obama, all of a sudden he has a commanding lead, 255 of the 270 he needs. He'd only need one or two more states to win it all. If romney doesn't win ohio he would virtually have to win every other battleground state to even have a chance. Challenging math with under 60 days to go before election day. Rick, I wanted to take you back to the image we saw in david kerley's report. The pizza shop owner, we learned his name darrell scott van duzen. And when he walked in he said look at this guy's guns. I've never seen one so big, 6'3" and weighs 260 pounds and lifted him off his feet and you learned more about why the president was there. That's right. The pizza shop owner received commendations for his work in getting other people to donate blood and for the president what a photo-op. A literal lift coming out of the convention. Doesn't hurt it's also in florida.
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