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ABC’s Jake Tapper To David Axelrod: Are Voters Less Enthusiastic About Obama This Time Around?

There’s been a lot of talk about the “enthusiasm gap” between President Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney. Conventional wisdom says that Obama can get voters excited and inspired in ways that Romney simply can’t. But does the president have his own enthusiasm gap to deal with? On ABC’s This Week today, Jake Tapper asked David Axelrod if Obama is still capable of drawing the same large crowds he did back in 2008.

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Tapper brought up a recent event Obama held where the 18,000 seat arena was not filled to capacity and over 4,000 seats were vacant. He asked Axelrod if this was a sign that “fewer people are excited for the president” in this election cycle. Axelrod said that at other campaign stops, they still have events that end up going over capacity. He also claimed that 14,000 people was the kind of crowd Romney could only wish he had at his campaign events.

Axelrod posited that Romney’s negative attack strategy in the race so far is what’s kept him from getting the kind of enthusiasm behind him that Obama does.

“His speeches now are entirely negative attacks on the president. He doesn’t talk about his own record, doesn’t really talk about his vision. That is not going to create enthusiasm.”

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