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Poll: Romney more likely to break Washington gridlock

  • Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporters during a campaign stop at the University of Miami, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporters during a campaign stop at the University of Miami, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2011 file photo shows the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, led by co-chairs Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington to hear testimony about the national debt from the Congressional budget director. Just about everybody agrees Washington is a mess. But who can fix it? After two years of strife and stalemate between Obama and congressional Republicans, more voters trust Romney than Obama to break through the gridlock, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Romney's message _ a vote for Obama is a vote for more impasse _ seems to be getting through. Supercommittee members from left are Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Hensarling, Murray, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

    FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2011 file photo shows the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, led by co-chairs Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington to hear testimony about the national debt from the Congressional budget director. Just about everybody agrees Washington is a mess. But who can fix it? After two years of strife and stalemate between Obama and congressional Republicans, more voters trust Romney than Obama to break through the gridlock, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Romney's message _ a vote for Obama is a vote for more impasse _ seems to be getting through. Supercommittee members from left are Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Hensarling, Murray, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

  • FILE - This Oct. 26, 2011 file photo shows Supercommittee members, from left, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., take part in a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Just about everybody agrees Washington is a mess. But who can fix it? After two years of strife and stalemate between Obama and congressional Republicans, more voters trust Romney than Obama to break through the gridlock, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Romney's message _ a vote for Obama is a vote for more impasse _ seems to be getting through   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    FILE - This Oct. 26, 2011 file photo shows Supercommittee members, from left, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., take part in a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Just about everybody agrees Washington is a mess. But who can fix it? After two years of strife and stalemate between Obama and congressional Republicans, more voters trust Romney than Obama to break through the gridlock, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Romney's message _ a vote for Obama is a vote for more impasse _ seems to be getting through (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

  • President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visit the Brigantine Beach Community Center to meet with local residents, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012,  in Brigantine, NJ. Obama traveled to Atlantic Coast to see first-hand the relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy damage the Atlantic Coast. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visit the Brigantine Beach Community Center to meet with local residents, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Brigantine, NJ. Obama traveled to Atlantic Coast to see first-hand the relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy damage the Atlantic Coast. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporters during a campaign stop at the University of Miami, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporters during a campaign stop at the University of Miami, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporters during a campaign stop at the University of Miami, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2011 file photo shows the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, led by co-chairs Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington to hear testimony about the national debt from the Congressional budget director. Just about everybody agrees Washington is a mess. But who can fix it? After two years of strife and stalemate between Obama and congressional Republicans, more voters trust Romney than Obama to break through the gridlock, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Romney's message _ a vote for Obama is a vote for more impasse _ seems to be getting through. Supercommittee members from left are Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Hensarling, Murray, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
  • FILE - This Oct. 26, 2011 file photo shows Supercommittee members, from left, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., take part in a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Just about everybody agrees Washington is a mess. But who can fix it? After two years of strife and stalemate between Obama and congressional Republicans, more voters trust Romney than Obama to break through the gridlock, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Romney's message _ a vote for Obama is a vote for more impasse _ seems to be getting through   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
  • President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visit the Brigantine Beach Community Center to meet with local residents, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012,  in Brigantine, NJ. Obama traveled to Atlantic Coast to see first-hand the relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy damage the Atlantic Coast. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporters during a campaign stop at the University of Miami, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Just about everybody agrees Washington is a gridlocked mess. But who’s the man to fix it? After two years of brawling and brinkmanship between President Obama and congressional Republicans, more voters trust Mitt Romney to break the stalemate, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

Romney’s message – a vote for Obama is a vote for more gridlock – seems to be getting through. Almost half of likely voters, 47 percent, think the Republican challenger would be better at ending the logjam, compared with 37 percent for Obama.

With the race charging into its final week, Romney is pushing that idea. He increasingly portrays himself as a get-things-done, work-with-everybody pragmatist, in hopes of convincing independent voters that he can overcome Washington’s bitter partisanship. The AP-GfK poll shows the race in a virtual dead heat, with Romney at 47 percent to Obama’s 45 percent, a difference within the margin of sampling error.

At a rally yesterday in Coral Gables, Fla., Romney recounted how he worked with the Democratic-led Legislature as governor of Massachusetts and insisted he would find common ground with Democrats in Washington, too: “We can’t change course in America if we keep attacking each other. We’ve got to come together and get America on track again.”

Obama made his own show of bipartisanship yesterday, touring superstorm Sandy devastation alongside Republican Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey. A major Romney supporter, Christie has been praising Obama’s “outstanding” response to the natural disaster.

Obama counters the Washington gridlock question by predicting that Republican lawmakers focused on opposing his re-election will become more cooperative once he wins a second term and becomes ineligible to run again. Referring to the top Republicans in Congress, Obama joked he would “wash John Boehner’s car” or “walk Mitch McConnell’s dog” to help get a federal deficit-cutting deal.

Obama also argues that Romney is more conservative these days than when he was elected governor and will find his newer ideas don’t go down easily with Senate Democrats. For example, Romney, who worked with legislators to pass a health care overhaul in Massachusetts, has vowed to repeal the Democrats’ similar national health care law.

In the AP-GfK poll, about 1 out of 6 likely voters didn’t take a side on the gridlock issue: 6 percent weren’t sure who would do a better job at getting Washington moving and 10 percent didn’t trust either man to break the impasse among congressional partisans.

“They all need to be taken by the ear by a grandma,” voter Margaret Delaney, 65, said in frustration.

She lives in Janesville, Wis., the hometown of Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, and she’s leaning toward voting for the GOP ticket. But when it comes to ending gridlock, Delaney thinks it may not matter whether Romney or Obama is president.

“I’m not sure either of them can do it,” she said.

A political standoff last year came close to forcing the government to default on its bills and led Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the United States’s credit rating. Over the past two years, a Congress split between Republican and Democratic leadership posted one of the least productive sessions in history.

When lawmakers return after Election Day for a lame-duck session, they need to work together with Obama to solve some festering troubles, including the “fiscal cliff” – a looming combination of higher taxes and spending cuts that could trigger another recession if Congress doesn’t find a resolution.

If re-elected, Obama will almost certainly face another two years or more of divided government. Polling in the states suggests Republicans are likely to keep the control of the U.S. House that they won in 2010. And Tea Partyers who stymied efforts to reach a deficit-reduction deal seem certain to remain a substantial presence.

There’s a good chance that a President Romney would face a split Congress, as well. Democrats appear to have an edge in holding onto their Senate majority, especially if the presidential race remains close. At least a dozen of the 33 Senate races remain competitive, making the overall outcome tough to predict.

sailorcpo..due to another glitch..I cannot reply to you..there is no reply button under your comment. Obama himself supported the war in Afghanistan calling it the "good war" where the 9-11 attacks were planned. Or should I call him Herr Obama?? Apparently, we should have declared war on Pakistan. As far as the disabled vet goes, isn't he up on felony charges for his role in a high speed chase? Obrien is doing as good a job as Obama is. Despot megalomaniac's is in the eye of the beholder I suppose. Cheers!!

Boy talk about right field...You totally misconstrued what I was saying. 1st-We should have stayed the course in Afghanistan. 2nd We should have never invaded Iraq, especially on false pretenses. All we ended up doing is destablizing the region. So again I ask, what did we gain from invading Iraq? Nothing but the wasting of our sons and daughters blood and our valuable resources. 3rd. How does speeding compare to being discrimiated against just for disagreeing? Sorry but the offense of speeding doesn't even begin to rise to the offense of showing complete and utter disreguard for the disabled! 4th. In no way would even think about an attack on Pakistan. Had we used our resources wisely, I do believe we would have nailed OBL much earlier and we would not have spent so much of our monitary resourses on the 2 unfunded wars Instead of destablizing that region!

No, this is not treason. Perhaps sailorcpo, it would be in Venezuela, Cuba or the Soviet Union. We still have a Constitution much to the chagrin of progressives. As long as we do, it is called checks and balances.

Checks and balances says we will work for a common solution together and not try to destroy an economy to make Obama a one term president. Having differences of opinions are the reasons for a decent debate. But when one side refuses to cooperate in any way shape or form.well that to me is just wrong! My way or the highway didn't work when Bush Jr. was in office, What we got was two unfunded wars, over 5000 of our military killed and thousands more injured that will need medical attention for the rest of their lives. And for what did we get for this? Answer me that! For some posters here to refuse to acknowledge this is being disengenuous at best. The spoiled Republitards in Congress want it all their way or nothing! Do yourself a favor and take those conservative blinders off. Look at the bigger picture.

What did we get?? Should we have taken Iraq's oil or Afghanistans riches? I think what we got was 2 dead terrorists...one that killed thousands of his own people (Syria anyone??) and one that killed thousands of US citizens. And, how much cooperation have the republicans had in the NH legislature? Hasn't the democrat battle cry been to deny Obrien a 2nd term as speaker from the start??? Take those liberal blinders off.

We should never have been into Iraq to begin with! In 2003 i was in the minorty. We gained nothing there just the using up of our valuable resources. And if you have noticed, Afghanistan is no better! We just lost our valuable service members for no good reason! As for Herr O'brien, he did it to himself. You seem to forget if you did not agree with him, you were kicked off committees and there is a disabled vet who was moved from the center seating due to his handicap, to the middle of a row in violation of the handicaped act due to his disagreeing with O'brien. O'brien is nothing more than a despot meglamaniac. He needs to go back to the state he origally moved from before NH. And before i forget, OBL was in Pakistan! You are way too far in the right field. I stand by my comments.

And now Romney says if I'm not elected, the rebublicans will refuse to work with Obama! These people need to be charged with treason and convicted! Here is the link. http://news.yahoo.com/romney-elect-house-gop-wreck-economy-192105183--politics.html This is just as bad as CEO's stating to their workers if you vote for Obama and he gets elected, you may not have a job! And this. An ad in Ohio. African Americans must vote for Romney (a republican), as it was Abraham Lincoln (a republican) who freed you from the bonds of slavery.

Honestly? Harry Reid said that he would not work with a President Romney months ago. Getting a bit worried are we?

yes but it was republicans who freed the slaves...and republicans who passed civil rights long before the democrats..in fact..the democrats opposed civil rights during the Ike years.

Mitts should have red ears! He Mitt flops on each and every issue to try and get elected. He is known as a political whore who'll say anything to get elected. He is a mouthpiece for his financial backers only. Big business has screwed up this country and it's time the people got a break, not big business' tax breaks.

Ya might want to do some research on this administration. I believe they spent the first two years telling the Reps to take a powder as they were out numbered. The first two years were focused on the ACA even though 60% of us were against it. The race card was played at every turn. After that came the war on women and class warfare. Business is the enemy of this administration and that includes small business. This President preached civility and then allowed his pit bulls to go out there and use any means or rhetoric to divide us. This president is incompetent. He also ran on a platform of being a centralist that would unite us. Then he got elected and evolved. His Secretary of State was a first lady that is totally unqualified for her position. His investments in green companies have failed. With the security blanket of the media, he has been allowed to be the first president in history that has not been held accountable for his record. They are covering up Libya and Fast & Furious. He is incompetent and in over his head. Nobody expected him to fix everything. But we also expected he would be able to get along with everybody and solve problems.

Looking at the facts...Republicans have the gall to claim Obama’s Policies are failing…when the House Republican’s are deliberately BLOCKING bills that can help our families.... Despite this lack of cooperation from the Right Wing Tea Party Republicans, Obama was able to*...(1) Economic stimulus package, which rescued the world economy from collapse. Much of the money given to banks has been paid back with interest. (2) Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act (FERA), greatly strengthening protections against mortgage fraud *...(3) Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act, protecting against excessive rate increases and other abuses *...(4) Unemployment insurance for up to 99 weeks for the unemployed and modernized state UI programs to cover more of the unemployed.*... (5) Auto industry rescue, which saved tens of thousands of jobs and stabilized the economies of auto-industry states. (6) Signed the HIRE (Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment) Act, which provides incentives for small businesses and other measures that foster job creation*...I am a Republican who is voting in the BEST interest of my family. As far as Barrack Obama...whatever faults he has, they are nothing compared to those of his opponent. Obama has been intellectually honest with the public, respectful of his critics, willing to listen to people of opposing views. He has led the nation into a steadily stronger economy

Here are the facts. Obama has lied to us on Libya, Obama promised to include Republicans and reach across the aisle i.e. healthcare reform. Obama has been anything but respectful of others, his demeanor was exposed in the debates. Hope and change has turned to attack and demonize. He does not handle criticism well and he does not listen to anyone with opposing views. I will vote for the candidate who will best serve my family and the families of my friends and relatives, many of who supported Obama last time and this time are not. That person Mitt Romney. Humpty Barack Obama Dumpty is about to have a great fall and all of the left leaning press outlets, all of the Socialists, hard left ideologues, sad sack "victims", people who pay no income tax and complain of the rich not paying their share, the under achievers and the bleeding hearts will NOT be able to put the already fractured Obama agenda back together again. PS-I am a moderate, not a Tea Party person but looking at who I would rather dine with, is would certainly be a Tea Party member over any progressive. PSS-The economy U-6 unemployment is 14.6% and today's U-3 was 7.9%. Obama has failed at everything but giving a nice speech, Pied Pipering the ignorant masses to oblivion.

Here are the true facts that cannot be refuted. Republicans in 2008 right after Obama was elected, made a plan to make him a one term president. If he was for it, they were against it, even if it was their idea! The 2012 republican platform wants a constitutional amendment to make the fetus protected. So a woman that has been raped or molested and pregnant because of the act must carry the fetus to term And should the woman die due to complications they don't care. It was republican obstructionism that caused the downgrade of our credit rating. We are paying for 2 unfunded wars, the failed prescrition act and the failed NCLB act all unfunded!

Huge YAWN! You've got the Democratic playbook talking points down cold, I will give you that.

Well said Patriot.

Romney is much more likely being bipartisan than the very divisive Obama.

http://news.yahoo.com/romney-elect-house-gop-wreck-economy-192105183--politics.html too many conservatives are blinded by hatred. These so called "elected officials" should be charged with treason against the United States!

The United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381 states "whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States." What you are upset about? Politics? It is not treason. Just because any president is elected it does not mean that they should be able to do whatever he or she wants to do. That is the importance of the separation of power.

Don't you think that letting the economy go to disaster and trying to prevent any inprovement in that situation just to try to prevent an elected person from being reelected not treason. Arn't these elected officials making war on the public of the US by these actions? and now we have a presidential candidate threating the US with more obstructionism and down right refusing to cooperate with no support of bi-partisainship from those republicans in congress if not elected a direct threat against the US? That sounds like the definition of treason to me.

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