Why Today Was a Good Day for Mitt Romney

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Nov. 1 2012 2:11 PM

A Ray of Hope

Why today was a good day for Mitt Romney.

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Every day until the election, Slate will offer up one reason to be optimistic for your candidate.

Five days to go:

Today’s Good News for Romney: While Obama has blamed Republican obstruction for gridlock in Congress, a new poll shows that his strategy might be backfiring. Voters think Romney would do a better job of “breaking the gridlock in Washington,” according to an Associated Press survey. While 47 percent of voters think Romney could foster more bipartisan cooperation, only 37 percent believe Obama could do so in his second term. Lately Romney has highlighted this argument on the campaign trail, telling voters that the Romney-Ryan ticket would do more to “reach across the aisle." Voters may believe Obama when he says Republicans refuse to work with him—and that may be just another reason to vote for Romney.

Kara Brandeisky is a Slate intern and student at Georgetown University

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