NBC’s Chuck Todd talks election 2012

Filling Graham Chapel with people and occasional chuckles, NBC’s Chuck Todd talked about what people can expect from the 2012 election: a close race.

Monday evening, Todd said that the voters will all be motivated by their anxieties about the future, whether a student is entering a tough job economy or a baby boomer is getting ready to receive social security.

“The question is going to be: Are we headed in the right direction, and do we have the right directional point or need a change?” he said of the way Obama and Romney supporters will position themselves.

Todd also discussed the viability of Mitt Romney as a candidate himself, and not just as the anti-Obama.

“Is it amazing feat that somebody who was painted as a Massachussetts moderate and is a Mormon, by the way, somehow won a presidential primary that is dominated by voters who are southern, conservative and evangelical? Was it an impressive feat, or was it he had bad opponents?,” Todd said. “And I think the fact is he does deserve credit.”

Todd also said that he thinks that Romney’s next greatest obstacle will be winning the Hispanic vote based on his history of taking a hard conservative line on immigration.

Todd is NBC’s White House correspondent and political director.

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