Anti-Obama Sentiment Fuels Romney On Campaign Trail

Mitt Romney's six-state bus swing through small cities and towns in New England, the Rust Belt and the industrial Midwest served as a clear reminder that his biggest ally in the presidential race is also his biggest foe: President Obama.

Even among the crowds that turned out to hear the presumptive GOP nominee, it was evident that this election remains very much a referendum on Mr. Obama's first term in office.

The biggest reason? Mr. Obama.

"In 2008, the economy was the driving issue for almost two-thirds of the electorate, and the same will be true again in 2012," said Ford O'Connell, a GOP strategist who led the McCain camp's rural outreach efforts in the 2008 election. "The difference now is Obama is no longer a blank slate. … He is an incumbent president straddled with a weak economic record."

Read more from Seth McLaughlin at The Washington Times

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