New Poll Out in Crucial Swing States

ABC News' political analyst Matt Dowd breaks down what the poll numbers mean for the 2016 presidential candidates.
2:54 | 09/09/16

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still. Let's talk to Matt dowd. Our political analyst. Matt, we see this as polls are tightening, not just the national polls but more press conferences and that post that Cecilia just talked about. A new ad out this morning where she talks about reaching out working with republicans. They've gotten the message 60 days out. Yeah, but I think it's a smart move and I think it's a smart move to get Annan sight into Hillary Clinton but, George, there's two problems. You have to do it for 59 straight days to show the side of her because she is so familiar to the public. The second thing I call the Leonard nimoy dilemma, which can when you play spock for decades it's a hard time to get the public to not see you as spock a and that is a problem she has. Meantime, both candidates facing fallout from the national security forum the other night and Donald Trump really doubling down on that embrace of Putin. It's causing heartburn among top republicans. Yeah, obviously it's basically saying that Barack Obama isn't qualified or a leader but somebody like Vladimir Putin who is basically a dictator over a country puts him in a real bind and Hillary Clinton made a good point when it says what would Ronald Reagan think of this? Part of that problem in that forum Donald Trump had a visceral connection with the public. Hillary Clinton had an intellectual connection with the public. But when you come down to vote most people vote viscerally not intellectually in an election like this. You keep saying let's look at the four-way race include iing the other candidates. The libertarian candidate made a gaffe. What would you do if you were elected about aleppo? About? Aleppo. And what is aleppo? You're kidding. No. Aleppo is in Syria. It's the epicenter of the refugee crisis -- Okay, got it, got it. Kind of stunning there, Matt, if that were Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton we'd be shaking our heads but you argue it might help Gary Johnson. Well, yeah, obviously it's a stunning gaffe and should have known what it is. I think it will help him because part of his problem has been he can't break through and nobody is talking about him. Well, everybody is talking about him and in a statement in the aftermath saying yep, I'm a human being and made a mistake. I'll do better next time. The second thing which is fascinating, this is the most we've talked about the tragedy in aleppo in a year, so by saying what is aleppo, we actually now have a better conversation about the tragedy going on in aleppo so you got to give him credit for actually raising the issue in that way. I'm not sure he meant to do it in that way but, Matt, thanks. I don't think he meant it either but I'm looking on the bright side. You can see the look on his face when he got the question.

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