Denver Bounce: Mitt Romney Surging in Popularity

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The huge impact of last week's presidential debate is dominating both campaigns this week.

The most recent polls show GOP nominee Mitt Romney surging on the strength of what most observers are calling a big debate victory.

A new Pew Research survey finds a 12-point swing among likely voters toward the former Massachusetts governor. In its September poll, President Obama led Romney 51-43 percent. Now Romney leads 49-45 percent.

CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody talked more about Romney's momentum and what it could mean for Election Day, following this report.

"I know that the president hopes for a safer, freer and more prosperous Middle East aligned with us," he continued. "I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy. We can't support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds."

On the heels of that speech, a new Military Times poll shows that 66 percent of those surveyed support Romney, compared to only 26 percent who say they will vote to re-elect Obama.

Meanwhile, the president is struggling to diffuse Romney's game-changing debate performance and the resultant surge in polls.

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In a comprehensive foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute Monday, Romney gained more momentum.

At one point, he criticized Obama for being weak on the Middle East, saying "It's clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office."

"I want everyone to understand something. What was being presented wasn't leadership, that's salesmanship," the president said.

But even before the debate, Romney was already winning in one key measure -- voter enthusiasm.

The newly released Politico/George Washington University battleground survey shows Romney supporters are much more likely to vote.

Seventy-three percent of Obama supporters say they're "extremely likely" to vote, compared with 86 percent of Romney supporters.

Obama told donors in San Francisco Monday it's time to get "almost obsessive" in their efforts to lobby friends and relatives.

Meanwhile, a re-energized Romney is exuding new confidence following last week's debate.

"Things are going pretty good," he said.

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