RUSH: F. Chuck Todd, audio sound bites six and seven here, Mike, as I’m changing the order on the fly. F. Chuck Todd, NBC News. Republican enthusiasm is a huge problem for Democrats. This is during the Meet the Press roundtable yesterday.
TODD: Seniors are an important voting group to Mitt Romney now. He leads them by about ten points in our NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Look at this in engagement in the election. Four years ago, it was 81%, pretty high. Even higher this time at 87%. And Romney is doing better among seniors than McCain did. Let me go to an important voting group for the president, young voters. Look at this engagement level: 52% now call themselves, voters 18 to 34 call themselves extremely interested in this election. Four years ago, it was 72%, that 20-point gap. The president wins young voters by huge margins. He is winning them by some 20-plus points. But if you don’t have this kind of enthusiasm, they are not going to show up to the polls.
RUSH: Right. And he continued on that.
TODD: This is, I think, the most important one and that’s Hispanics. The president’s winning Hispanics by 50 points. He hit the 70% mark. However, look at this in terms of interest in the election. Fifty-nine percent now, it was 77%. What does that mean? The president got 65%, I believe, of Hispanics four years ago. So even though he’s going to get more Hispanics, if less of them turn out, it’s a net zero. And yet you look at Republican enthusiasm, up; senior enthusiasm, up. It’s a huge problem. And, by the way, all of this, predebate.
RUSH: Yes. Yes. So Obama still leads in these corrupt polls by these overwhelming majorities in these special interest groups, but the enthusiasm gap is huge. He may lead in them, but if they don’t show up, if they’re not energized. They’re starting to see a different picture now. The magic of October. The desire to be right on Election Day. And there’s no question. And the latest Gallup, registered voters, predebate, Romney up 16 points in independents.