Since the first debate nearly a month ago, the Republican has managed to convince voters sour on Obama but doubtful of his own character and competence that he has what it takes.
On the other side, the president’s campaign is now driven by desperation. Obama’s team promised at the beginning of this election cycle to “kill” Romney, and yet the challenger is very much alive, weathering $300 million in attack ads.
Obama can’t pivot from destroying Romney to making the case for his own re-election.
The campaign is stepping up the “war on women” charge, hammering battleground markets with abortion messages.