Will Mitt Romney Secret Fundraising Tapes Cost Him Votes?

Nicolle Wallace discusses the current state of the presidential election.
3:00 | 09/19/12

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Jake, thanks very much. Let's get more from our newest political analyst at abc news, nicolle wallace, who worked for george w. Bush. We saw mitt romney there embracing this debate over big government. And a senior official for the romney campaign tells "the wall street journal," we think we can turn this into a debate that's good for us. Do you buy that? Look, I buy that they remain steady and confident. They're heartened by the national poll numbers, which show them a point behind president obama. But the problem with the last two weeks, inside the romney campaign, they're not having meetings about that tape. They're having meetings about what's a structural problem for them. You win by convincing the voters that you're a stronger leader than your opponent. His gaffe last week made that a higher hurdle for him. And you win by making people feel you understand their problems. His gaffe this week made that more difficult. They have to get to a do no harm stance. The polls, basically tied right now. But we do see mitt romney falling behind in the key battleground states, pretty much across the board. This is the first campaign where they're paying closer attention to national polls than state polls. That has a lot more to do with the spin they're telling all of us, than what they really believe is a path to victory. You can't look at those state numbers and feel good about the way the message is being received, no matter what they ve to say what they feel like is an increasing head wind from the media. Finally, candidates have a couple of september slumps. You worked for george w. Bush 2000 campaign. He recovered. President obama had a rough start in september of 2008. What's the most important thing mitt romney needs to do right now? They need to stop being hostage to their own mistakes. They have to get back to talk about what they're going to talk about at 8:00 a.M., And 8:00 p.M. Let's get the rest of the news.

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