David Gregory sits down with the NBC 'politics dream team' of Chuck Todd and Mark Murray to talk about the GOP's winners and losers of the most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.
In the midst of a very busy day, the NBC News political unit joined David Gregory to break down the Anthony Weiner resignation, Medicare, and the latest 2012 news from the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Deputy Political Director Mark Murray analyzed the good news and bad news for the president from our latest poll. The positive forPresident Barack Obama is his 49 percent approval rating – six points ahead of Mitt Romney. The bad news is that the poll shows undecided voters tend to be much more pessimistic about the current state of the economy.
“You can see the potential that if things don’t get better, that this could be a trap for the president,” Murray said.
NBC News’ Political Director Chuck Todd said the Weiner scandal proved to be a major distraction for Democrats who thought they were making progress on Medicare. Polling before the Weiner news showed the Paul Ryan Medicare plan was dropping in popularity – and Todd said some Democrats saw the 2012 tide turning in their favor because of it.
“They [Democrats] actually think they can win back control in 2012…they don’t have time to be dealing with Anthony Weiner,” Todd said.
Why might Romney might want Texas governor Rick Perry to enter the race?
Does Murray think Michele Bachmann has the longevity to win the GOP nomination?
Todd and Murray point to concrete actions Sarah Palin must take before you can assume she'll run.
John Huntsman's biggest weakness might be that he seems too much like President Obama.
Tim Pawlenty's name recognition was up in the poll, but he should still be worried.