Obama Team Working to Convince Undecided Voters
Roanoke, VA - A handful of senior advisors to President Obama made a stop in our area before heading down to Florida for Monday night's final presidential debate.
With just more than two weeks left in this campaign, both sides are fighting over the last sliver of undecided voters that are out there.
A recent survey released by George Washington University and Politico shows the demographic that could put either candidate over the top is young women, and not necessarily those out that are tuning into the debates.
As senior advisors to President Obama's foreign policy team make their way to Roanoke, the message they carry is that President Obama makes a stronger case on foreign policy than his opponent -from veteran care, to Afghanistan, to Iran.
"All of these issues are tremendously important and I think, as much as anything, we will get a chance to drill down on them," said Robert Gibbs, senior Obama advisor.
But foreign policy is one of the least important topics to the slice of undecided voters that are left and those who will likely be the group to carry the election.
The recent research shows undecided voters are likely young, white women, between ages 18-29, who are employed, did not graduate from college and have low incomes.
That includes women like Ashley Tingler, 18, who until recently, was one of those undecided voters.
"All the debates and stuff. I was watching. And just watching those just changed it big time," said Tingler.
The research shows she is a rare case as most did not watch the debates at all. So, how will the President reach that undecided demographic?
"We won't leave any stone unturned. You're going to campaign like it's the last day and you are five points behind. So you will see appearances, press conferences like this, we'll call into radio shows. The President will do interview... he'll even call undecided voters from Air Force One. We'll pull out all the stopsnNot just to win Virginia but to win all over the country," said Gibbs.
Overall with women, foreign policy ranks 8 out of 12 in regards to "important issues".
Gibbs says the way to make foreign policy germane to those undecided voters is to show how foreign policy directly affects the economy. One of Monday night's messages will be talking about stopping two wars, to focus on rebuilding here at home.