GOP Debate, Obama In Poll Trouble
FIGHT NIGHT – DEBATE PREVIEW: Watch tonight for attacks on both Mitt Romney (the national frontrunner) and Michele Bachmann (the Iowa frontrunner), as the other candidates desperate to stay viable past Saturday strive to get noticed. Eight Republicans will be on stage in Iowa, the first time they’ve met in two months. It’s Jon Huntsman’s first debate since declaring his candidacy. “The polite phase of the 2012 campaign is about to come to an end,” Alex Burns and Maggie Haberman write in a curtain-raiser. It airs live at 9 p.m. ET on Fox News. http://politi.co/qj6dnO.
SNEAK PEEK – NEW IOWA POLL SHOWS OBAMA IN TROUBLE: A poll of Iowa voters that’s coming out later today shows trouble for President Obama in a state that could be a real battleground next year. Among independents, 32 percent approve and 61 percent disapprove of Obama’s job performance. The survey, commissioned by the conservative American Action Network and conducted by the respected Tarrance Group, found a striking intensity of anti-Obama sentiment: 46 percent of voters overall said they feel strongly that Obama is not doing a good job. That is higher than his 43 percent overall approval number. Seniors, traditionally an important base for Democrats in Iowa (unlike other places), split 48-47 for the president on the approval question. The economy is a huge concern: Only 13 percent say the economy is in a recovery and 50 percent say the country is on the wrong track.