Fox News Channel political analyst Juan Williams says an “October surprise” appears to be coming in the presidential election.
On TheHill.com, Williams writes: “Is there an ‘October Surprise’ with the power to push one candidate to victory? Yes — in the shape of President Obama.”
“In this race, the incumbent president holds a winning hand,” Williams writes. “He is the key to unlocking support from the nearly 20 percent of voters who are undecided — the independents, conservative Democrats and college-educated Republicans who will be pivotal to the outcome of the election.”
Williams notes that Obama has a 50.8% job approval rating, in contrast to 22% for George W. Bush when he left office. Williams cites positive economic indicators and a negative reaction among leading businessmen and policy experts to the Donald Trump economic plan as factors that open the door for Obama to help move voters to Hillary Clinton.
“Put it all together and it becomes clear Obama can help Clinton capitalize on economic issues and stir Democrats to turn out,” Williams writes, citing a New York Times report that says: “Most of [Obama’s] appearances will be timed to coincide with voter registration deadlines and the start of early voting.”
The story also quotes The Times reporting: “Neither the Clinton campaign nor the White House has announced any more appearances, in part because they want to be able to send Mr. Obama where they think they need him most. But his visits are likely to be concentrated in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Nevada and Iowa, campaign officials said.”