Romney’s Failing Campaign Hurting Republicans in Congressional Races
Mitt Romney’s collapsing campaign is beginning to hurt Republican chances in key congressional races, risking their hopes of taking the Senate as a bastion against a second-term Barack Obama presidency.
More and more Republican congressional candidates are distancing themselves from their party’s White House ticket as they are hit by ads from their Democratic opponents linking them to Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.
With Romney still reeling from one bad poll after another in swing states, the Obama campaign opened up a new front on Friday, sending vice-president Joe Biden on a two-day visit to Florida to warn the elderly that a Romney-Ryan victory would mean new taxes on their social security benefits.
Biden, in excerpts from his speech released in advance, said: “Right now, the majority of seniors don’t have to pay taxes on their social security benefits … But if governor Romney’s tax plan goes into effect, it could mean everyone, everyone, would have to pay more taxes on the social security benefits they now receive.”
Creating fear among the elderly is a potent message not only in Florida, a state with a high proportion of retirees, but in other swing states. A new poll, by the Washington Post and the health group the Kaiser Foundation, by Ryan to reform Medicare, the healthcare programme for those 65 and over, has alienated potential Republican voters..