Andy Busch: Although he led Mitt Romney in head-to-head polling averages throughout the summer, President Obama is in electoral trouble. His approval ratings remain mediocre, his chief legislative accomplishments are unpopular, and by a 2-1 ratio Americans say the country is going in the wrong direction. Barring unforeseen events, signs are pointing to either a Romney win or a narrow reelection for Obama.
Manfred Keil: Bad economic news during an election year is usually the death knell of any campaign. Obamas intrinsic popularity complemented by Romneys deficiencies as a candidate may overcome the negative economic influences for the upcoming election. The economy does not carry nearly as much weight as Republicans would hope.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Professor Jack Pitney will not be able to participate in this Faculty Roundtable discussion. David Meneffee-Libey, professor of politics at Pomona College, has graciously agreed to step in. More information to follow.