Just hours before Romney and Obama slug it out in their second debate, results from the poll showing Romney at 50% to Obama’s 46% are bound to add pressure on Obama to make a better impression.
One week ago the former Massachusetts governor took the lead over the incumbent president 49% to 47%, according to Gallup
Romney will try for a repeat performance as Obama attempts to pull himself up in the polls with a more aggressive style at New York’s Hofstra University. Adding to Obama’s economic woes, A123 Systems Inc., a battery maker that was awarded a $249 million grant by the Obama administration went belly-up today.
“A123’s bankruptcy is yet another failure for the president’s disastrous strategy of gambling away billions of taxpayer dollars on a strategy of government-led growth that simply does not work,” said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul in a statement.
The town-hall debate is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, and Romney will likely use the economic meltdown of the subsidized company as a debate item to cast further doubt on Obama’s economic leadership. A123 reported losses of more than $850 million in just three years despite receiving an infusion of $249 million through a federal taxpayer grant Obama signed off on.
was hurt by a $66 million recall of its product; however the biggest blow came when the company lost a bid to supply Chevrolet Volt batteries. The work went to a South Korean firm despite GMC also being bailed out by U.S. taxpayers.