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The Sunday Shows

Campaigns Fight Hard in Final Days

November 4, 2012

On today’s Sunday shows, both campaigns came out spinning in force, arguing why their candidate is confident heading into Tuesday’s election. Also, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says Hurricane Sandy broke Mitt Romney’s momentum; national polls remain stubbornly tight; and National Geographic Channel’s controversial bin Laden movie airs tonight.

Romney’s Political Director Predicts ‘Big Win’

Romney Political Director Rich Beeson predicted a “big win” for Mitt Romney on Election Day, dismissing President Obama's chances in several key swing states.

Plouffe: Obama Campaign Playing ‘Offense’

Citing the president’s slight leads in battleground states and the upper hand on early voting, Obama campaign senior adviser David Plouffe sounded confident about Obama’s chances for reelection.

Barbour: ‘The Hurricane is What Broke Romney’s Momentum’

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour joined the chorus of Republicans suggesting that Hurricane Sandy could help Obama and hurt Romney politically. “The hurricane is what broke Romney’s momentum,” he said.

National Polls Show Race Still Extremely Tight

Obama heads towards Election Day with a razor’s-edge lead over Romney, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday, which showed Obama ahead by a single percentage point nationally, 48 percent to 47 percent. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll also shows a dead heat.

Gergen: Election is ‘Impossible’ to Call

“I don't think it's too close to call," said David Gergen, a political commentator who has served in both Republican and Democratic administrations. “I think it's impossible to call."

Portman Optimistic About Romney in Ohio

While Ohio remains a key element of Obama’s reelection strategy, his consistent lead in polls there fueled in part by his role in the rescue of the auto industry, the state’s Republican senator, Rob Portman, says Romney can still take Ohio.

Cantor Bullish on Romney’s in Virginia

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he’s confident the Republican ticket will win in his battleground home state of Virginia. “We’re going to win this state and I think we’re going to win a lot bigger than we predicted,” he said.

Axelrod: Tuesday Could Be a Late Night

Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod said that it could be past midnight before the country knows who the next president will be, but he said the Romney campaign was nonetheless in “deep trouble.”

Gillespie: Romney Has Expanded the Electoral Map

Romney campaign senior adviser Ed Gillespie said that, with two days left in the campaign, the “map has expanded” for the Republican nominee.

Obama Campaign Says Libya Response Was Not Political

Plouffe said the decision to release the results of an investigation into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya after the election was not political.

Bin Laden Movie Airing Tonight Gets Some Details Wrong

National Geographic Channel's Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden, which will air tonight, differs from the actual account of the al-Qaida leader's killing in several ways, according to a National Public Radio report.

Podcast: Colbert, Cocaine, Clinton and the History of Pols on Comedy Shows

This Week’s Political Landscape, National Journal’s weekly podcast (now available on iTunes), looks at the relationship between comedy shows and candidates, with guests that include former Rep. Robert Wexler of Florida and two producers from National Public Radio.

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