10:00 am Apr. 17, 2012
On "Morning Joe" this morning, Joe Scarborough asked Representative Peter King, a Republican, whether the "working guys out on Long Island in New York's third district" were excited about "Willard Mitt Romney."
"So far they're not," said King, the son of a cop who grew up in Sunnyside and represents a district in Nassau County. "I mean I can tell you there's a lot of dissatisfaction with President Obama, and people are still waiting on Governor Romney. And that's why I'm saying, if Mitt Romney can show that he can get the job done, he has a very good chance of winning.
"But no, there is not that excitement level. It's not what you'd see with a Bill Clinton or a George Bush, for that matter, who were able to identify with people. So far Governor Romney has not shown that.
"However, you're talking about a guy who is extremely honest, extremely capable. I saw a recent poll on Long Island where President Obama's favorable numbers were much higher than Mitt Romney's. Having said that, Governor Romney was winning in the general election because President Obama's job approval rating was only 31. So there's a vast gap between his job approval rating and his favorable numbers. So right now people would vote for Romney if they think he's competent."