CHEVY CHASE, Md. -- The Romney campaign faced a sobering set of new polls Wednesday showing the Republican nominee slipping behind President Obama in the critical swing states of Ohio and Florida. But the Republican nominee insisted in television interviews Wednesday night that his campaign could regain its momentum.
During an evening interview with ABC’s David Muir, Romney acknowledged that he was “pleased with some polls, less so with other polls” -- but said at “this early stage, polls go up, polls go down.”
Assuming an increasingly brisk pace on the campaign trail this week, Romney held three events in Ohio on Wednesday while his Democratic rival also campaigned in the Buckeye State. But a New York Times/CBS News/Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday spelled trouble for his campaign -- showing Obama leading Romney in Ohio 53% to 43%.
Romney brushed off the suggestion that the new polls are evidence that he has lost potential supporters in recent days after the release of his comments at a secretly taped fundraiser in May. During that event, Romney told high-dollar donors that 47% of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes -- without explaining that many are seniors and that others pay payroll taxes and state taxes -- and said he wasn’t likely to win those voters and that it wasn’t his job to worry about them, adding that he’d “never convince them to take personal responsibility.”