Romney Rally Converts Into Storm Relief Effort

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DAYTON, Ohio – Mitt Romney, making his only appearance of the day here today to encourage storm relief efforts, toed the tricky line of a candidate who sought to offer sympathy to a region of the country in crisis due to the violent storm Sandy while maintaining a public profile just a week ahead of the election.

Romney climbed atop a black box just before noon to address a crowd of supporters, many of whom had planned to come to a so-called “Victory Rally” at this same arena scheduled before the brunt of the storm hit and then swiftly rebranded by the campaign as a “Storm Relief Event.”

“We have heavy hearts as you know with all the suffering going on in a major part of our country,” said Romney, who stood before tables that were being filled with donations of diapers, toothpaste, canned food and flashlights.

Romney did not emerge to his campaign song “Born Free” that is blasted at every rally, emerging instead to cheers from the crowd. And gone were the Romney campaign signs that typically wallpaper the rooms where events of his are held.

But ahead of Romney’s remarks, the campaign’s biography video featuring Romney, his wife Ann, several of his children and other supporters talking about the candidate’s leadership skills did play, the screens then reverting back to a freeze-frame of a plea to donate to the Red Cross.

There were no mentions made of President Obama or the seven days left before Election Day by Romney, but the event notably took place in the battleground state of Ohio, where the candidate’s appearance here today was plugged on local news casts throughout the morning.

And the musical guest originally scheduled for the political rally still came – but Romney said that it was so those sorting the donations would have an “enjoyable work setting.”

Romney recast some of his lines from his stump speech, giving a nod to the “American spirit,” tailoring his comments it to the situation on the East Coast, much of which is not even near emerging from the damaging caused by the hurricane.

“It’s part of the American spirit, the American way to give to people who are in need, and your generosity this morning touches my heart,” said Romney. “And I appreciate what you’ve done. We have a lot of goods here, and I know there’s more coming in.”

Romney helped box and sort food before heading outside to load the items onto trucks that would take the goods to New Jersey, a site that Romney said had been determined had the ability to distribute the items where they would be most needed.

Romney repeatedly ignored questions about his intentions for FEMA if he were elected, questions that stemmed from a comment the candidate made during a debate in 2011 in which he said he’d like to see more of the responsibility of relief efforts put to the states rather than the Federal government.

Romney also ignored questions as to whether he would visit storm-ravaged areas such as New Jersey.

A spokeswoman for Romney said that Romney does not want to cut FEMA, but the candidate himself has not gone on the record on the issue since that debate.

“Gov. Romney believes that states should be in charge of emergency management in responding to storms and other natural disasters in their jurisdictions,” said Amanda Hennenberg. “As the first responders, states are in the best position to aid affected individuals and communities, and to direct resources and assistance to where they are needed most. This includes help from the federal government and FEMA.”

Source: ABC

Newspaper of Ohio Supports Mitt Romney

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On Sunday, the Cincinnati Enquirer gave its endorsement to Mitt Romney saying that the former business executive possessed the experience to lead the U.S. economy into recovery and solve the political dysfunction in Washington D.C. One of Ohio’s leading newspapers also offered a rebuke of President Barack Obama’s stewardship of the economy during his tenure in the White House.

On Monday, Rasmussen announced that Romney has finally pulled ahead of Obama 50% to 48% in Ohio, a state that carries 18 electoral votes. In its endorsement, the Cincinnati Enquirer also conveyed Romney’s success as governor of Massachusetts.

The bottom line: He erased the deficit in Massachusetts (which was required by state law) and left office with a $600 million surplus. He replenished the state’s reserve fund two years into his term, pushing it to $2 billion by the time he left office in 2007.

The newspaper discussed Obama’s failure to move the U.S. economy in the right direction despite four years in office, two of which involved a U.S. congress controlled by Democrats.

Four years later, though, we’re still at risk of backpedaling into another recession, the housing market is still suffering and we have a sense of drift, not of common purpose.

The president has touted lower unemployment rates as one argument for re-election. However,Red State reports that Ohio’s recent decrease in unemployment is due to a shrinking labor force and not due to a recovering local economy.

The unemployment rate reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) dropped from 10.6 percent in July 2009 to 7.2 percent in August 2012, but the change resulted from a shrinking labor force as opposed to strong job growth.

On Sunday, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos added his thoughts to the mix (as quoted in Playbook): “Can Obama’s swing state firewall stand up to Romney’s momentum? … [Ohio poll out today] shows Governor Romney coming on very strong in that state that matters so much. It looks like a real threat to [Obama’s] firewall.”

Source: Examiner

 

Romney and Ryan in their Final Push for Victory in Ohio

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In an effort to snatch the estate offering the keys to the White House in the final week election campaign, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were blitzing Ohio last night.

The Republican candidates were touring the state urging the voters in its conservative rural counties to help them grow a “bountiful harvest of new jobs” thus, trailed in polls of the Midwestern bellwether all year.
“ America is more than just a piece of geography,” said Mr. Ryan to hundreds of farmers at a remote school in Sabina.
“It is more than our cornfields, our bean fields and our dairy farms. It is an idea.”
Mr. Romney promised last night at a rally in Celina. “We know where we want to lead the country to get America strong again,” a thousand supporters prompting earsplitting chants of “ USA ” .
Viewing the event in television bulletins, aiming to sway undecided moderate, he boasted also that “independent voters and some democrats” were flocking to his campaign.
In 2004, George Bush who won in a shock victory in Ohio -and reelection by sharply boosting rural turnout, the former Massachusetts governor is aiming to replicate the success of Bush.
In every election since 1968, the state has backed the winning presidential candidate and is poised yet again to be the “tipping point” that indicates which man has succeeded in the Electoral College.
For a average of just 1.9 percent, Mr Obama lead in the polls of Ohio which was from 5.5 before his defeat in the Oct. 3 first presidential debate.
The national lead of Romney holds an average of 0.9 percent but still the republicans concede Ohio is critical.
“I don’t buy that there’s a path without Ohio for Romney,” Nicolle Wallace, a former aide to Mr. Bush, told ABC News yesterday
Areas such as Celina and Sabina is easily won by Romney, these areas backed John McCain over Mr. Obama in 2008 by 30 points.

Romney Passed the Commander-in-Chief Test

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The America ’s foreign policy is not clear after watching the third presidential debate. The reason for its ambiguity due to a series of foreign policies instead of singular foreign policy which must be tailored to fit each nation.

The failure of President Barack Obama most recent foreign policy, the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including the U.S. ambassador are all expecting Romney to go after the President. The inadequacy of security in Benghazi , the president had no explanation at all but instead by saying only that we are “going after the killers.” There was no pressing on Obama about this issue by Romney. A missed opportunity had been viewed by some and supposes a designed for Romney to show his restraint and counter the “do you want to get us into another Middle East War?” charge.
“We can’t kill our way out of this mess,” meaning terrorism and the Middle East , one of Mr. Romney’s better lines but he failed to go for the political “kill” instead agreeing for several times with the president.
The ultimate question of the moderator Bob Schiefer, “What is America ’s role in the world?” the answer of the candidates neither was revealing beyond their campaign speech bromides.
The “liberal media” which has been in the tank for Mr. Obama since he began running for president was surprisingly the reaction to the debate. A retreat from the worshipful attitude by some of them they have displayed toward the president since four years ago as a self promotion as a messianic deliverer from the national sins.
“I think Mitt Romney did something that was extremely important to his campaign tonight, and that was he passed the commander-in-chief test,” former White House aide David Gergen said on CNN. That was Romney indeed he had to do with the debates like of Ronald Reagan in 1980 with Jimmy Carter.

Tennessee Voters Give Romney a Wide Lead

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For the first time in history in American History, if Tennessee voters had concerns about electing a Mormon to the White House, they’ve apparently gotten over it in the last few days.

A lead of about 59 percent to 34 percent by the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney against President Barack Obama in Tennessee , according to the Middle Tennessee State University poll released on Saturday. About 74 percent of the white evangelical Christians surveyed support Romney in the poll result.
Ken Blake, director of the MTSU Poll said, “The once-strained relationship between Gov. Romney and religious Tennesseans seems to have improved markedly since the spring’s primary election.”
Just before the March primary, a poll taken and found church-going Republicans favored former Sen. Rick Santorum nearly 6-to-1 over Romney, while the split was balanced who attended church less often for the Tennessee Republicans, Blake said.
Of the GOP primary vote, Santorum won 37 percent to Romney’s 28 percent and Newt Gingrich’s 24 percent in the overall.
Several things that have happened in Romney’s favor as noted by Jason Reineke, associate director of the poll. “It’s OK for an evangelical to vote for a Mormon,” they included a meeting with the Rev. Billy Graham and a USA Today column by Franklin Graham saying.
Voters, who identified themselves as evangelical Christians, ultimately may be driven ‘more by opposition to Obama than direct support to Romney,” Reineke said.
“It is also important to note that is far from uncommon for partisans who didn’t vote for the winner in their primary to come home to the party, almost regardless of the candidate selected, in these highly polarized times.”
After casting early votes Friday, voters leaving the Rutherford County Election Commission Office weren’t surprised the white evangelical Christian vote that Romney is dominating.
Romney’s Mormonism for the most part did not affect their votes, those leaving the polls said.

Mitt Romney Promises to Revive the Economy in his Speech

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AMES, Iowa — Mitt Romney is promising to revitalize the nation’s economy with “bold ideas” and a senior aide said the Republican presidential candidate would not cut ties with an Indiana Senate candidate who said pregnancy resulting from rape is “something God intended.”

As President Barack Obama took a break from the campaign trail, Romney delivered what his campaign billed as a major economic address in swing state Iowa on Friday to help win the dwindling number of voters yet to make up their minds. While the speech did not break new ground, it was designed to help crystalize the differences between his and Obama’s economic approaches less than two weeks before Election Day.

“If Paul Ryan and I are elected as your president and vice president, we will endeavor with all our hearts and energy to restore America,” Romney said. “Instead of more spending, more borrowing from China and higher taxes from Washington, we’ll renew our faith in the power of free people pursuing their dreams.”

Minutes before the speech, senior strategist Eric Fehrnstrom said Romney would not call on Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock to remove TV ads featuring Romney’s endorsement. Fehrnstrom said Romney disagrees with the Indiana Republican’s recent comment about rape, but would not interfere with Mourdock’s advertising.

“That’s his decision,” Fehrnstrom said when asked whether the campaign wants Mourdock to remove the ads. He added that Romney feels he has addressed the matter and doesn’t plan to discuss it further.

Romney has not spoken about Mourdock’s comments directly, despite repeated questions from reporters about it in recent days.

The candidate was focused on the economy as he addressed several hundred supporters on a cold autumn day outside a local construction company.

Romney argued that Obama has no proposals that can meet “the challenges of the times.” He dismissed the president’s signature legislative achievement, a health care law, as “his vaunted Obamacare” and said he would instead focus on saving Medicare and Social Security.

He repeated many of his standard campaign themes: that Obama is focusing on small issues like “characters on Sesame Street and silly word games” and that Romney will improve kitchen-table concerns like health care, job creation and school choice. His signature refrain is that America can’t afford another four years like the last four years.

The speech came hours after the government reported a slight pickup in economic growth in the final such report before the Nov. 6 election.

The pickup to 2 percent from July to September from the 1.3 percent in the second quarter may help Obama’s message that the economy is improving. Still, growth remains too weak to rapidly boost hiring. And the 1.74 percent rate for 2012 trails last year’s 1.8 percent growth. Romney called the news “discouraging.”

“Slow economic growth means slow job growth and declining take-home pay,” Romney said in a statement. “This is what four years of President Obama’s policies have produced.”

The White House had a more positive take on the news in a blog post by Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. “While we have more work to do, together with other economic indicators, this report provides further evidence that the economy is moving in the right direction,” he wrote. Obama got better news from a survey out of the University of Michigan showing consumer confidence rising to its highest level in five years.

An Associated Press-GfK poll out this week shows Romney overtaking Obama as the candidate that likely voters trust more to handle the economy. The poll found 51 percent of those voters surveyed Oct. 19-23 picking Romney, compared to 44 percent for Obama. The two candidates were tied among likely voters on that issue in the previous poll in mid-September.

Still, the two are locked in a dead heat in the nationwide poll. Other surveys show a tight race in the swing states that will decide the election, with the winning candidate needing 270 Electoral College votes. With Hurricane Sandy threatening the East Coast during the final full week of the campaign, Romney canceled a rally in Virginia scheduled for Sunday. Obama aides said they were watching the storm’s path before deciding whether to call off any of his events.

Obama was pushing back on Romney’s criticism on another front — relations with Israel, which could have an impact particularly with Jewish voters in swing state Florida. The Republican has repeatedly criticized Obama for not traveling to Israel as president. Obama visited as a candidate in 2008.

A new ad shows images of Obama’s trip and video of his pledge during his final debate with Romney that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon while he’s president and that “our bond with Israel will be unbreakable.”

Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg responded that Obama’s Middle East policy “has been a failure.”

“As president, Mitt Romney’s first overseas trip will be to Jerusalem, and under a Romney Administration, the world will never question America’s solidarity with Israel,” she said in a statement.

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Mitt Romney Predicted He Will Win this Election

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Mitt Romney predicted a win for himself on Election Day 12 days away. His campaign plane just landed yards away from a hangar full of supporters in the Hawkeye State .

“The Obama campaign is slipping because it can’t find an agenda to help the American families, but our campaign is growing into a movement across this country that says we’re going to get America back, we’re going to get America strong, we’re going to provide for our families,” Romney said. “And I’m optimistic. I’m optimistic not just about winning. We are going to win by the way. And we’re going to do that.”
Romney and Obama are neck-and-neck in the recent polls. Among likely voters, 49 to 48 percent Romney eked out and a slight edge nationally in the latest ABC News/Washington Poll.
“I’m not just optimistic about winning, said Romney. “I’m more optimistic about the future of America .”
Romney prediction of his ticket to win was the second time today, with his first prediction was earlier in the day in Reno , Nev.
“He doesn’t have a plan to get jobs for Americans,” Romney said of President Obama in Reno during a rally. “I do, and that’s why I’m gonna win.”

Mitt Romney Intensive Campaign Made him the Voters’ choice

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The final days of the campaign for the president in the U.S. is to about to close. The American people will decide on November 6, who will seat as U.S. president. It might retain Obama or a new president will be at the White House.

Both candidates are doing their final stage in the campaign to become a U.S. president. Each one does their task in winning the voters whom they rely that can help them seat as president. The present polls show that a close fight between the two candidates thus, it is hard to determine who will be the next U.S. president.
But Mitt Romney campaign has done a great impact on him. Every time he visits a state made some voters change their mind that instead of Obama, they shifted to Romney. However, since Obama is ahead of Romney in the beginning of the campaign, still obama is on the top. But as the days go by, the issue of U.S. economy, creating million of jobs, and foreign policy that Obama has failed to do in his term, prefer the voters to change the president.
The experience of Romney as a successful businessman is the right president for the recovery of the worse economy of the U.S. today. The credential of Romney as a businessman far outweighs that of Obama as far as who better the American economy. The reason behind those voters chooses Romney because they prefer to have businessman in the White House than a lawyer.
The two debates of president Obama and Romney add factors also in the preference of the voters to choose who can seat in the white house. Obama did not perform well during the debate by not giving clear answer to the economic crisis of the Americans. Four years that Obama has not fulfilled his promise to recover the US economy, thus people are in doubt of his leadership.

Romney has A Clear Leg Up in Florida

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On an electoral map that still poses challenges for Mitt Romney, one heartening trend for the Republican nominee can be found in Florida, whose 29 electoral votes constitute the largest prize among the battleground states.

In recent weeks, the Sunshine State has moved clearly in Romney’s direction.

After President Obama led in every Florida poll released in the second half of September, Romney has been ahead in nine of the last 10 surveys conducted, leading his opponent by 1.8 percent in the latest RCP Average of polls here.

Romney’s momentum is particularly significant for one reason: Florida is a must-win state for him. If he were to fall short, he would have to sweep the remaining eight battlegrounds in order to win the presidency — a scenario that not even his rosiest spinmeister would deem credible.

Anitere Flores, a Republican who serves in the state Senate, said signs of Romney’s momentum could be seen the last couple of weeks just by driving around her South Florida district.

“I always say as a politician that yard signs don’t vote. We know that. But yard signs give people a sense of ownership of the campaign,” Flores said. “Four weeks ago, there were no yard signs for either candidate anywhere in our universe. Now, everywhere you turn, it’s mostly for Romney and people have them everywhere.”

Flores added quickly that she holds no illusions of an easy victory for Romney in her state.

She is not alone in that assessment.

While both campaigns agree privately that Romney has opened up a small lead here, neither one believes that advantage is more than a couple of points.

And there is room for the dynamic to shift once again down the homestretch, as persuadable voters who live along Central Florida’s I-4 corridor — long the crown jewel of presidential swing regions — make their final decisions.

Asked about the Romney team’s view that they now have a clear leg up in Florida, which might allow them to focus resources elsewhere, Bob Graham — the state’s former governor, senator, and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate — sounded a defiant note.

“That’s not a very good commentary on the judgment of Gov. Romney and the people who surround him,” Graham said. “I believe Florida continues to be very much in contest.”

Source: CBS News

Romney Position Himself as a Centrist on Foreign Policy

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WASHINGTON – The final debate with President Barack Obama, the Republican Mitt Romney scrambled to position himself as a centrist on global affairs. This is a dramatic shift for the Republican challenger as the final two weeks of the campaign in the deadlocked race for the White House/

The last of three presidential debates, Romney appeared determined to emerge mistake free, where Obama leads among voters on foreign policy. The performance of Romney appeared to have succeeded and gave Obama campaign more ammunition for its allegations that made Romney shift suddenly to satisfy the immediate needs of his bid to replace the president.
Romney largely expressed agreement with how Obama has conducted U.S. foreign policy on most issues facing the United States abroad.
However, the focus of the most Americans is not on world affairs but on struggling U.S. economy. The last two weeks before the Nov. 6 election, both Obama and Romney will spend appealing to the tiny slice of still undecided voters in this presidential race where the electorate evenly split in what the polls show.
In the nine US states the key to victories lies on the voters who vote for candidates that doesn’t care for the party. It is not according to the popular nationwide vote that the president is chosen but in state-by-state contests. Winning in popular vote make it possible for a candidate to win but lose in the election, as in former Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 defeat.