Stewart Acuff

Oct 10

Polls Fluid in Wake of First Debate, Turnout Still Key to Victory

At the first Presidential debate this year, Mitt Romney showed up as his well-known, flip flop self. It puzzles me that Romney is getting a pass from the media and the Obama Campaign for his only career constant – saying whatever he thinks an audience wants to hear.

It has been a pleasant and humorous response for the President’s campaign to make a joke about cutting PBS and Big Bird, but we’ve had enough of this joke.

From now, I humbly believe the joke has got to be about Romney’s lack of core convictions except on one issue.

Romney flip flops on all social issues. He flip flops on core issues and concerns including judicial appointments and other measures of one’s political point of view.


Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan care nothing about working families and the middle class. Mitt Romney destroyed thousands and thousands of jobs while at Bain Capital, and has supported radical rightwing governors and state legislatures who have tried hard to destroy public jobs and degrade private sector jobs.

Our focus has got to remain on the Obama – Romney difference on the commitment to working families and the middle class. Romney does not care about us.

Obama has worked hard and moderately successfully to create good paying jobs by rebuilding America’s auto industry, manufacturing, green energy.

Romney would continue to destroy jobs, destroy Medicaid, and voucherize and privatize Medicare and Social Security.

In the wake of the first debate national polls are fluid, BUT the important swing state polls remain with our President solidly ahead. President Obama has two more debates and Vice President Joe Biden has one debate.

Our job remains the same. Get out our voters, our base – and that takes work. We gotta work the phones, wear out some shoe leather and keep our folks focused on what is best for our nation and our family’s – President Barack Obama.


Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.

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