and a new poll showing
. we'll talk about that with
senator john mccain
in just a couple of minutes, but first nbc's
is on the campaign trail in newport news,
. peter, good morning.
matt, good morning to you. as you noted, this race appears to be tightening now with exactly four weeks to go, and on monday
, trying to present himself as a plausible commander in chief, attacked the president saying that the
has become a more dangerous place than when
took office. the latest
's effort to reach his fund-raising goal of $1 billion,
we cannot afford to be complacent, and we cannot afford to be cynical. we've got to look back at the progress we've made, and that should give us confidence, but we have to understand that we've got a lot more to do.
, a reinvigorated
may as we will have been
singing in the rain
, a downpour.
people wonder why it is i'm so confident we're going to win. i'm confident because i see you here on a day like this. this is unbelievable. thank you so much!
may have new reason for new confidence, passing out mcdonald's to reporters on his plane and greeting two
students. two national polls show a volatile race after last week's lobsided debate. in the latest pew poll the republican nominee leads the president by four points among likely voters. last month the same poll showed
trailing by eight points. still, a new
shows mr. obama five points ahead among
, regaining ground after last week's encouraging jobs report. looking to beef up his
credentials ahead of the final stretch,
accused the president of weak leadership in the
. failing to capitalize on the arab spring uprisings and delivering the harshest response yet on the administration's response to the deadly attacks in libya.
it is our responsibility and the responsibility of the president to use america's greatest power to shape history, not to lead from behind, leaving our destiny at the mercy of events.
calling for a change of course,
offered few new policy details, citing syria's
saying he would support our allies arming rebels there. former secretary of state
i'm a professor. if one of my students turned it in they'd get a "c" because he gave absolutely no specifics.
it's getting close here in michigan. can you help push us
over the top
ahead of this week's
debate on monday
attacked what he considered the democrat strategy.
it seems pretty clear that their new strategy is basically just call us liars, to descend down into a mud pit and hopefully, with enough mudslinging back and forth and distortion, people will get demoralized and then they can win by default.
and to give you a sense of what some may describe as the absurd back and forth in this election season, take a look at this. this is a new ad just out this morning from the
. it mocks
's plan to eliminate federal subsidies for
, sarcastically calling
a, quote, menace to our economy, matt, on the level of bernie madoff.
this morning. peter, thank you very much. republican senator