With presidential race tied in several polls, Obama aides plot comeback, prebutts Romney’s foreign policy speech


President Obama and Mitt Romney were tied in interviews conducted for Gallup’s daily tracking poll in the three days immediately following last week’s first presidential debate.

To see if the race has truly changed, we’re awaiting battleground-state polls conducted over the weekend through today — to fully let the debate, job numbers, and everything else sink in. The body language from both campaigns suggests that the race did change; you’re seeing 1) a more confident Romney camp and 2) an Obama campaign with a greater sense of urgency. And if the upcoming polls show this, it will give Team Romney another shot in the arm, just like Obama got after the conventions. But it’s also very possible that the race hasn’t fundamentally changed, but simply tightened and is back to where everyone thought it would be six months ago.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports, that President Obama’s campaign is working feverishly to restore its momentum after a lackluster debate performance last week, an effort that began with a conference call 10 minutes before the debate even ended and led to new advertisements, a rewritten stump speech, a carefully timed leak and a reversal of months-old strategy.

At the same time, the Obama is counter-attacking Romney’s momentum by putting out a brutal new ad focusing on Romney’s summer trip abroad and erratic foreign policy statements.