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.”

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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.”

Obama and Romney Tied at 47% on the Latest poll

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October 21, 2012 – The recent poll results is too close between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Among the likely voters a little more than two weeks before Election Day, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released today shows the candidates tied at 47%.
Obama had a 3-point lead 49%-46% before the first presidential debate basing on the last poll survey conducted by NBC/WSJ poll.
Among the registered voters, Obama leads Romney by 5 points as what the latest surveys says, although Obama and Romney tied among likely voters. This result shows that those numbers reflect the Democratic concern which reveals that their voters aren’t enthusiastic as the Republican voters who showed up at the polls.
Other polls conducted show a tight race, well within the margin of errors. Obama and Romney tied also at 47% as the averages of all surveys that includes the result of The Real Clear Politics website.
A state-by-state battle for the Electoral College, a down to wire Real Clear Politics forecasts which will decide who wins the presidency.
On Monday night in Boca Raton , Fla , the two candidates have their third and final debate – this one devoted to foreign affairs.
“Looking at some of the most important demographic groups, Romney leads among men (53 percent to 43 percent), Obama is up with women (51 percent to 43 percent) and they are essentially tied among voters in the Midwest,” the NBC News reports on its new poll.

Romney at Pennsylvania Edge Gap over Obama

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The debate stage next week at Pennsylvania may possibly help slow President Barack Obama’s momentum ahead of this high-stakes meeting making his path to victory narrowing.

 The campaign of Romney at Philadelphia area on Friday was at first courting donors at a high dollar fundraiser then at midday rally, he will be meeting with the voters.
A state that has not supported a Republican presidential candidate in nearly a quarter-century, Romney will pass much of the day as he promised to spend more time in the swing states that matter most. An aides privately concede that Obama has significant advantage just 40 days before Election Day, thus his campaign is not running any television ads in Pennsylvania .
Romney’s visit suggested by them for two months is designed to raise the money needed to narrow Obama’s edge in more competitive states. At Washington event on Saturday, Romney raised $5million and expecting more than $1million in Philadelphia and an additional $7million at a Boston fundraiser later Friday.
“We’re going to have to make the right choice on Nov. 6, and your going to make that happen,” Romney told cheering donors in Washington .
Obama has three fundraising events schedule and will also focus on raising cash Friday as he keeps his camp[iagn close to Washington .
At a finance event at the Capital Hilton in Washington , he is set to deliver remarks where tickets atart at $250 but go on as high as $10,000 per couple. Obama before returning to the Capital Hilton for a third event will attend a smaller fundraiser at a private residence.
Both Obama and Romney is campaigning a few hundred miles of Virginia on Thursday.
Romney focused on threats beyond American shores, accusing Obama of backing dangerous cuts in defense spending while Obama pledge to create many more jobs and make the middle class secure again.

A Five Day Run of Romney in the Five Swing States

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On Sunday, Mitt Romney will be in Colorado to begin a critical, five day run that will likely decide the outcome of the presidential race through states.

Romney hope to bolster voter support in a state where polls show him losing ground to President Obama, thus he will attend an evening rally at a Denver-area high school.
In a three day bus tour in Ohio , the GOP presidential candidate continues his swing state run, followed by a stop in Virginia .
After the Republicans won them four years earlier, Obama won all three of those states in 2008.
Romney has not been specific enough that this campaign has veered off amid criticism; as such he is expected to provide more details about his economic plans for America .
With the presidential debate one week away and Election Day about six week away, the Sunday event ends up a busy weekend of campaigning for both parties.
 In Florida on Saturday Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential candidate made two stops, telling Cuban-Americans voters at a stop in Miami that he and Romney will restore the American Dream that brought them to this country.
Ryan said, “People pick up and they go for a better life in this country,” he said further in the city’s Little Havana neighborhood, “Mitt Romney and I are trying to restore that.”
In past few days, Romney has endured rocky including reports of internal struggle and a secretly recorded video has surfacing the he says half of the Americans don’t pay taxes and dependent upon the government.
The Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says the surfacing of the video was “not the best moment of the campaign,” but still the party had a good week, in a “cry stalling” moment.
He said on ABC’s “This Week”, “We were able to frame up the debate last week in the sense of what future do we want and do you want out there for your kids and grandkids?”