Posts by George Stephanopoulos
Just 12 days to go until the presidential election and I received a lot of questions about those polling numbers that seem to be all over the map.
Take a look at the questions I tackled today:
Linden Wooderson: @GStephanopoulos how are the polls reflecting the early vote?
Carlos Romero: Do polls account for people without landlines?
Chris Cyr: @GStephanopoulos with all of these polls who has the best historical prediction?
David Heikkinen: @GStephanopoulos Does anything more than Ohio, Virginia, and Colorado matter?
Belinda Abbott: @GStephanopoulos Please talk about popular vote versus electoral vote and what ifs.
All great questions. You can check out my answers below, and why I think you should pay close attention to our ABC News polling site HERE.
"He clearly [has] made up for that but what Governor Romney showed today, and I felt a little badly because it's clear he is not, he is not ready to be the commander-in-chief of the United States military," the Vice President told me. "He demonstrated a lack of sophistication about what's going on in the world, his rapid change in his positions. Look being president requires a clear vision and a steady hand. That's exactly what president Obama demonstrated tonight."
Vice presidential contender Paul Ryan accused Obama of spending too much time "attacking Mitt Romney" and not enough time laying out his vision for the next four years.
"We really didn't actually get an agenda for how we should move our country forward on foreign policy," Ryan said. "We got sort of a defensive, you know, he tried to defend his record. It is a bad record. Turn on your TV and you can see that the Obama foreign policy is unraveling before us."
There's only one presidential debate left, and hundreds of you sent me your remaining questions via Facebook and Twitter.
Doctor Callaghan tweetedto ask "how are people still undecided and what would help them make a decision?"
And Gregory Pickel asked "Why can't they turn off their microphone when their time is up?" Referring, of course, to the presidential candidates during the televised debates.
Two great questions, and here are my answers:
And of course I asked him about the debate tomorrow night. (He thinks President Obama and Mitt Romney should play rock, paper, scissors to see who has the first question.)
Colbert also weighed in on who he thinks is the most American American.
Don't miss it.
"I always wait until the last minute because there are some very interesting debates coming up and I think it's always nice when you see both of the candidates next to each other and they can debate the issues," he said on "Good Morning America."
"I'm open-minded and I want to hear what everyone has to say and I'm also not one who just votes on issue. I vote on the whole package so which one of the candidates really is the best package because no one is perfect and no one is exactly what you want," Schwarzenegger told me on "GMA." "The ideal thing is if you can put two candidates together but that's not going to happen and so I'm going to keep an open mind."
Schwarzenegger has a book out today, "Total Recall," on growing up in Austria, bodybuilding, Hollywood, his marriage to Maria Shriver and life as governor.
It was an unlikely path to becoming a governor. And he told me that while he always had the desire, the 2003 recall election gave him the ideal opportunity to run.
"It hurt so many people and the mistakes and failures I've had in the past, and I write about all of them in the book…But this is the worst because it has affected so many people," he said.
The affair with Mildred Baena occurred in 1996, according to Schwarzenegger's new autobiography "Total Recall," when Maria Shriver and their children were away. The following August Mildred gave birth to Joseph, but it wasn't until the boy was older that Schwarzenegger saw the resemblance.
"While Mildred and I barely discussed it, from then on I paid for his schooling and helped financially with him and her other kids," Schwarzenegger writes.
Shriver asked her husband if Joseph was his son years earlier, but he denied it. She again confronted Schwarzenegger about Joseph the morning after he left the governor's office in January 2011, he writes. This time he admitted to the indiscretion.
Shriver filed for divorce in July 2011.
When I asked why he didn't tell his wife about the affair earlier, he said he didn't know how.
With the first presidential debate less than three weeks away, Mitt Romney is spending lots of time getting ready behind closed doors. In his first comments on that debate prep, he told me that Sen. Rob Portman is a tough stand-in for a president who basically lies in debates.
"I think the challenge that I'll have in the debate is that the president tends to, how shall I say it, to say things that aren't true," Romney said. "I've looked at prior debates. And in that kind of case, it's difficult to say, 'Well, am I going to spend my time correcting things that aren't quite accurate? Or am I going to spend my time talking about the things I want to talk about?"
The former governor told me he's tempted to use Ronald Reagan's famous line against President Carter in a 1980 debate, "There you go again" - the same line that Bill Clinton turned on Romney and the Republicans at the Democratic convention in Charlotte.
When I asked if Portman was crushing him in early debate preps, Romney was coy.
In our interview today, Mitt Romney did not back down from his belief that the Obama administration's first response to the Cairo protest demonstrated "sympathy" for the attackers, but he also made it clear that he was ready to move on.
"What I said was exactly the same conclusion the White House reached, which was that the statement was inappropriate. That's why they backed away from it as well," Romney told me.
The Cairo Embassy's statement, released before it was attacked, said it rejects "the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."
When I pointed out that the White House did not say the embassy's statement showed sympathy for the attackers, Romney stuck by his remarks.
"That is ridiculous," Emanuel said today on "Good Morning America"of the former House speaker's comments.
"A former president who is very popular who can explain about the policies and the parallel tracks the two presidents have had in the sense of investing in education, investing in research and development, alternative energy and green energy and a responsible way of balancing the budget. I think he can do nothing but help and the notion that Newt is going to give our party strategic advice, no thank you."
Emanuel - a veteran of the both the Clinton and Obama administrations who is known for his sharp tongue - also took at shot at the GOP presidential ticket.
"Let me say this, my only advice to them, not that they would take it is I would not have Paul Ryan's fact-checker looking over Mitt Romney's tax returns," Emanuel said, referencing Romney's unwillingness to release more than two years of his tax returns and certain aspects of Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention last week that some found misleading.
Heading to Charlotte after GMA today to cover the Democratic National Convention. Long hours, but best place to be for political junkies.
Here's a behind the scenes look at one of my days in Tampa: