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Obama's "forward agenda" hard to garner 2008 support (2)

By Sun Hao (Xinhua)

08:44, September 04, 2012

He slammed the Republicans for spending "less time talking about what plans they had to actually meet these challenges and solve these problems."

The Obama campaign also dismissed Romney as presenting "not a single idea". "Their pool is like an empty pool with no water and dead leaves and trees in it," said campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Sunday.

Asked by reporters whether Obama meant to deliver any new ideas during the convention, Psaki replied, "The President has been running on his forward-looking agenda for the entire time he's been campaigning. He's been talking about his forward-looking agenda for the last three and a half years."

2008 GLAMOUR HARD TO REPEAT

"Hope and change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I'd ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's President Obama?" Romney threw the question to voters when he formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination last Thursday night.

It's a question that the Obama rhetoric has so far failed to rebut.

A latest Pew poll found that about four in ten Americans are interested in following what happens at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, down from 59 percent four years ago when Obama became the party's presidential nominee for the first time.

Right now the incumbent president and the challenger are deadlocked in nationwide voter support. However, a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll showed Obama has to do more to thrill the base during the Democratic National Convention from Tuesday to Thursday in North Carolina. The poll found that the enthusiasm gap between the two rivals has been narrowed significantly after the presidential race geared up to the general election. Currently, 48 percent of Obama supporters are "very enthusiastic" about his candidacy, while 42 percent of Romney backers feel that way about the Republican campaign. In July, Obama led by a 13 points and even by 25 points in May.

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