BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The mastermind of two presidential victories for George W. Bush spoke at Canisius College.
Karl Rove offered his own spin on the current presidential campaign, governing and the expectations of those running for office, addressing a full house.
"Most of the time, most people are paying attention to what is it that these people represent for the future of the country," Rove said. "As a result, it creates expectations for how they will act after January 20th of the year after the election."
On the campaign trail in Los Angeles, Mitt Romney spoke on the economy, saying he would take action on China's unfair trade practices, something he says the President Obama hasn't done in his four years in office.
"If I'd known that all it took was to run an ad, citing his inaction on China's cheating, I'd run one a long time ago," Romney said.
The President fired back, slamming Romney for his business practices.
"This is a guy whose experience has been owning companies that were called 'pioneers of outsourcing jobs to China,'" President Obama countered.
The economy is a major issue for those who claim to be part of the 99-percent, who say Romney is out of touch with the general public.
"I think the people who are out of touch are the people in the Occupy movement who better understand that they need to go out and get a job and get a skill and make their way in life and not depend on everyone providing everything they want free," Rove argued.
Still, a recent CBS News/New York Times poll shows a near split between the two candidates, 49-46 percent for President Obama, which Rove says doesn't necessarily bode well for the President.
He stated, "As the incumbent, you better be above 50-percent when election day comes because the presidential races, if they're not for you the tendency is to vote against you or stay home."
Rove says more seniors are likely to turn out to vote in this year's election than in 2008. Republican turnout is expected to be higher, according to Rove. He also anticipates fewer "Millennials" will cast a ballot.
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