“Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer and Joan Walsh, author of “What’s the Matter with White People?” and Salon.com editor-at-large, delve into the latest election news, including polls showing President Obama leading Mitt Romney by four to five points.
Analyzing the poll numbers, Walsh argues that Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, have backed themselves into a corner on various positions. Despite their desire to portray themselves as deficit hawks, for example, Walsh says that “[Paul Ryan] was not a deficit hawk. He voted for every budget-busting thing that was done under President Bush, and now he’s rolled himself out as a deficit hawk.” She also points out that Romney has had difficulty painting himself as an anti-abortion ultra-conservative because it could cost him women voters. “They can’t double-down on the budget and they can’t entirely double-down on the culture wars,” she concludes.