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Former top White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers called for an extension of the payroll tax cut.
Here's a guide to the key issues and buzzwords that are likely to be debated in Thursday night's vice presidential debate.
TimesCast Politics: New Polling From Swing States and a Debate Preview
New data from Virginia, Colorado and Wisconsin. | Highlights from past vice-presidential debates. | The role of the moderators. | Challenges for each candidate. | The politics of pronunciation.
The Pew survey was conducted from Sept. 7 to Oct. 4, one day after the debate where Mr. Romney performed far better than the president. The lift Mr. Romney has received since then is not reflected in the poll.
Romney Says Nobody Dies for Lack of Health Insurance
Mitt Romney, who has pledged to repeal Obamacare, told the Columbus Dispatch that people without health insurance don't have to worry about dying as a result.
Said Romney: "We don't have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don't have insurance."
However, Reuters reported earlier this year that more than 26,000 working-age adults die prematurely in the United States each year because they lack health insurance.
A new Pew Research survey finds that 11% of those who watched last week's presidential debate - including 22% of those younger than 40 - were "dual screeners," following coverage on a computer or mobile device at the same time as following television coverage.
Mark Halperin: "Here's the most likely path for Romney, sans Ohio: He wins the McCain states, plus Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, and Iowa -- losing New Hampshire and Wisconsin, along with Ohio."
"Obviously, that means winning six of the nine battleground states, many of which still show significant deficits for the challenger, who also does not boast the same long-built ground game machinery as the incumbent. This map makes two things clear: Romney's debate performance hasn't solved his Electoral College problem, and/but his route to 270 is so, so much harder if he can't win Ohio."
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Representative Paul D. Ryan will square off Thursday in Danville, Ky., at 9 p.m. Eastern time in their only vice-presidential debate.
Marc Ambinder notes that historically vice presidential debates have rarely been game changers but notes "one caveat that occurs to me here is that technology and information consumption patterns have shifted to A-gear so much so that if the political class wants to force the public to make more of a big deal about the vice presidential ticket than they might, then perhaps a rousing debate from Ryan or Biden will shift things. But I doubt it."
John Cassidy: "A strong performance by the Vice-President won't repair all of the damage that Obama did last week--only Obama himself can do that. But it would help to stabilize things for the Democrats, and to quell the near panic that has broken out in some quarters. Conversely, if Paul Ryan gets the better of Biden, and particularly if Biden provides the media with some sort of gaffe to feed upon, the Democrats will have to endure another week of negative headlines and self-flagellation. By the time Obama gets onstage in Hempstead next Thursday, his campaign could be in serious trouble."
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