Could there be a connection? A connection between the Obama joke Mitt Romney told at a campaign appearance for Joni Ernst in Iowa and the GOP candidate’s rise in the polls?
And what about the new survey showing that — even though neither potential candidate has announced a run for the White House — Mitt beats Hillary in a head-to-head presidential contest?
As The Hill reports:
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee had some fun at President Obama’s expense over the weekend while campaigning for GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst in Iowa.
“Now when you run for office, people tell you you shouldn’t tell jokes,” Romney said, according to the Washington Free Beacon. “But I’m not running for office, so I can tell one.”
You can see the joke Mitt Romney told by clicking the video above.
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As for the improved poll numbers for the GOP’s Ernst, rasmussenreports.com has details:
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Iowa Voters finds Ernst picking up 48% of the vote to Braley’s 45%. One percent (1%) like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
Then there’s the interesting new poll that shows Mitt Romney would beat Hillary Clinton in Iowa if they were matched up today in a presidential contest. Via newsmax.com:
A new Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll shows the former Secretary of State trailing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in a hypothetical presidential contest in Iowa. Forty-four percent of likely Iowa voters said they would back Romney in a head to head match-up with Clinton, while just 43 percent would vote for Clinton.
Of course, as he introduced the Obama joke, remember that Romney said he’s not running for office.
H/T: The Hill Image Credit: youtube | Washington Free Beacon