Evaporation in the poll numbers. Based on new polling by Reuters/Ipsos the 20 point cushion that the Romney and Ryan had is blown.
New polling by Reuters/Ipsos indicates that during the past two weeks - since just after the Democratic National Convention - support for Romney among Americans age 60 and older has crumbled, from a 20-point lead over Democratic President Barack Obama to less than 4 points.
Seriously, many on this site have senior parents, family members, along with being informed seniors, themselves. If there is ONE THING that seniors listen to from any politician is any tinkering with Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid. This is absolutely astounding that the Romney/Ryan campaign can not hear anything about this when it comes to seniors. And having Paul Ryan out at that AARP Convention was a death knell to this campaign. Those seniors resoundingly booed Ryan and many walked out.
Seniors 60+, overall are Romney voters, but when you attack the services they enjoy and want for future generations, you become a magnet for these voters to pull the lever for the other guy.
Romney's selection of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate put the federal budget and Medicare at center stage in the campaign. But the debate over spending and entitlement programs that Romney seemed to be seeking has not unfolded the way Republicans wanted.The Romney Campaign really wanted this discussion, well here it is, poll numbers and all.
Full speech from Paul Ryan to the AARP Convention, below:
10:38 AM PT: This is FDR in 1936 and his warning about the GOP was just as relevant then as it is today: