Romney and Obama Focus on Battleground States for their Final 24 Hours Campaign

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The candidates will spend the final 24 hours of this long presidential race bouncing around the country, rallying supporters at 14 scheduled events across nine battleground states.

President Obama is set to hit urban centers in Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa, with Bruce Springsteen tagging along as his opening act. Jay-Z is scheduled to join the campaign at a mid-afternoon gathering in the Buckeye State.

Like the president, Mitt Romney will make one last play for Ohio, arriving in Columbus four hours after Obama leaves for Iowa. It will be the Republican’s third stop in a day that sees him track north from Florida — where the wait to register an early vote this weekend lasted as long as six hours — to Virginia, ending the night with one last rally in New Hampshire.

If the Romney ticket doesn’t win enough votes to unseat President Obama on Tuesday night, it won’t be because Paul Ryan was a lazy campaigner. The vice presidential candidate will make five stops Monday, in five different states, covering four time zones. He closes out the election season back home, with a late night rally in Milwaukee, Wis.

While the candidates push their supporters to the polls and smile for the cameras in what they expect to be packed arenas, parks, and airplane hangars – at least seven of the events will be hosted at airports – there have been some rumblings from Republicans, GOP strategist Karl Rove among them, that Romney’s campaign might have been dealt an insurmountable blow by Superstorm Sandy.

“The hurricane is what broke Romney’s [post-debate] momentum,” former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said on CNN Sunday morning. “Any day that the news media is not talking about jobs and the economy, taxes and spending, deficit and debt, ‘Obamacare’ and energy, is a good day for Barack Obama.”

The Romney campaign, though, insists it is traveling steadily along a well-charted course to victory on Tuesday.

“I don’t look at what happened with the storm and how it affected so many people through a political lens,” Romney adviser Kevin Madden said Sunday. “We are focused on what we can do to make sure that the enthusiasm that we have seen in states that it’s part of helping our get out the vote efforts in all these key battlegrounds and then just focusing on the message. So I wouldn’t entertain the same notion that those folks did.”

And in Cleveland Sunday, Romney made one last argument for dismissing President Obama from office after a single term.

“He promised to do so very much, but, frankly, he fell so very short,” Romney said. “He promised to be a post-partisan president, but he’s been most partisan; he’s been divisive, blaming, attacking, dividing. And by the way, it’s not only Republicans that he refused to listen to; he also refused to listen to independent voices.”

They’ve also been asked to deliver one last round of attacks on the Republican challenger.

According to the memo, “Gov. Romney has been using his talents as a salesman to dress up the same policies that failed our country and crashed our economy, and offers them up as change.”

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Romney’s Campaign Furiously to Restore the Lead He once Held

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TAMPA , Fla. – The outcome to the south, in the largest swing state, now seems very much in doubt, even as the lion’s share of attention in the presidential campaign goes to the battleground of Ohio and the storm-battered states of the Mid-Atlantic.

After the first debate, Mitt Romney moved into a lead here, and since then with its 29 electoral votes sat solidly in their column as insisted by their aides. However, President Obama’s fortunes improving here with several polls results and as of Thursday morning, Democrats perform well in the early voting by leading about 59,000 out of more than 3 million absentee and in person early votes. It is a must that precious hours should be devoted by Romney to defend his position in the state.
Romney campaigned in Florida after Saturday, must returned on Wednesday for rallies in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville due to the polls now showing in dead heat as such expecting to back over the weekend, when Obama also is scheduled to campaign here.
While victory for Obama  is a prize but of Romney it is a necessity. The win of Romney in Ohio and other Midwestern states can become a moot without a win in this state.
In these closing days of the campaign, the presidential race has tightened and the battle helps illustrate how the major swing states test Obama’s ability to hold a different part of the coalition that elected him four years ago.
To the white, working class voters in Ohio , the outcome turns on which man can they most appeal. With his bail out of the auto Industry and warnings about Romney’s background in the private equity business, Obama has wooed them with constant reminders. It will be tested how much loyalty the president still has among college-educated suburbanites, particularly women in the state of Virginia and Colorado .
They both fight for the final sliver of undecided single women on the airwaves, with dueling ads on abortion and contraception about Romney’s policies.

Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald Poll shows Mitt Romney Beating President Obama 45-51 percent in Florida

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Mitt Romney has maintained a solid lead over President Barack Obama in the latest Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald poll of likely voters who favor the Republican by six percentage points.

Romney’s strengths: independent voters and more crossover support from Democrats relative to the Republicans who back Obama, according to the survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

Romney’s crossover appeal is fueled by strong support in rural North Florida, a conservative bastion where a relatively high percentage of Democrats often vote Republican in presidential election years.

“I’m pretty convinced Romney’s going to win Florida,” said Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker, who conducted the 800-likely voter survey from Tuesday through Thursday.

Romney is winning handily among men, marginally losing with women voters and has outsized support among non-Hispanic whites. He’s essentially winning on the issues as well: the economy, Medicare, foreign policy and looking out for the middle-class.

Coker noted the poll results are essentially unchanged from last month, when Romney led by a point more after he crushed Obama in their first debate.

The October poll and this one, which have error margins of 3.5 percent, were conducted for The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald as well as the Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13.

Although the latest survey shows Romney comfortably ahead 51-45 percent in Florida, the Republican can’t rest easy. Other polls show a tighter race, although they use a different method of polling than that of Mason-Dixon, a Florida-based firm.

Obama draws only 5 percent Republican support, but Romney draws 16 percent of the likely Democratic vote in the poll.

And Romney beats Obama with independents — the tie-breaker voters — by a six-point margin. That’s not necessarily a comfortable lead for Romney, who was ahead by 13 points last month among independents.

Romney jumped to an overall lead last month after the first presidential debate, in which Obama’s performance was so poor that even he joked about how bad he was.

Hispanic voters moved a total of seven points in Obama’s favor in a month, but he’s not carrying their vote with the double digits he probably needs because of his poor standing among non-Hispanic whites.

Romney is trusted more than Obama on handling the economy and leading the nation by the same amount: 53-44 percent.

By a 50-48 percent split, Romney’s trusted more to look out for the middle-class and he has another inside-the-error-margin lead over Obama of 49-47 percent when it comes to handling foreign policy.

Asked who would be worse for Medicare, 52 percent said Obama and 44 percent said Romney.

Obama’s campaign has dismissed the results of likely voter polls, such as this one, pointing to statistics that indicate they’re turning out so-called “sporadic” and new voters. In essence, they argue that likely voter polls miss their voters who, by definition, are unlikely.

But Coker said the poll was conducted with a registered voter list and “we’re not missing anybody based on our method.”

Also, the Romney campaign notes that most non-partisan polls show the Republican ahead in Florida and doing better among independents.

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Romney is Getting More Approval Among Latino Voters in Florida

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Since Labor Day, the Romney campaign criticizing Obama through a barrage of Spanish-language radio and television.

Actually the Romney campaign is much shrewder than just Spanish advertising. And this has uncovered the strategy in Florida .
By as many as 50 points nationwide where the Latinos Obama is leading with Romney, but nothing to worry because these numbers are in some ways beside the point.. The big picture of the Latino vote is represented by these numbers.
States such as Arizona and Texas will go for Romney, yet at the end of the day, it is largely irrelevant how well Obama does with Latinos in solidly red states. With Latinos in California or New York , Obama assure of the support of those states and it’s just as meaningless how much headway Romney makes with Latinos.
The three large Latino populations we should focus on of how Obama and Romney compare in the toss-up states: Nevada , Colorado , and Florida where Latinos make up 26.5%, 20.7%, and 22.5% populations respectively.
Obama holds wide leads in Nevada and Colorado among Latino voters as polls show. But it is different in Florida .
In a poll by the Miami Herald and Florida International University (PDF}, there are only 7 points lead by Obama over Romney with 51% to 44%. But Romney is ahead by two points in a recent Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald poll with 46% to 44%. Romney gaining support to the recent polls compared with older ones.
The Latino votes to the two candidates for president in Florida shows that voters are undecided. It is due to the fact that the Latino population in Florida is predominantly made up of Cuban Americans, who tend to be conservative and for Republican.
The varieties of Latinos make the political picture more complicated of the sizable numbers of Puerto Ricans, Colombians, and Brazilians. And there is more Latino population in Florida than Cuban Americans. And besides, generation gap could be the factor to consider. Younger Cuban-Americans have demonstrated more of willingness than their parents’ generation to vote Democratic.

Romney Smashed Obama in A Rally in Daytona

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October 20, 2012 – DAYTONA BEACH , FLA – The incredible shrinking campaign at a rally on Friday with Obama as Romney blasted his reelection effort, in what is scheduled to be his last appearance on the campaign trail to the third and final presidential debate.

At an outdoor band shell overlooking the Atlantic Ocean , Romney and running mate Paul Ryan appear with a rally. Obama campaign has been reduced to petty attacks and word games as what Romney said.
“The Obama campaign has become the incredible shrinking campaign,” Romney said. This is a big country, with big challenges and they keep talking about smaller and smaller things. We have big ideas, bold ideas, and were going to get America working again. That’s why you’re going to elect the two of us and we’re going to get this country on track.”
Obama has failed to lay out any specifics on what he’ll accomplish if he’s elected to a second term, Romney said as he continued his charge with the president.
“Have you been watching the Obama campaign lately?” Romney said. “It’s absolutely remarkable. They have no agenda for the future. No agenda for America . No agenda for a second term,” Romney said. “It’s a good thing they won’t have a second term.”
Obama supporters could be heard in the distance chanting “Obama”, while Romney drew a big crowd. Rallies of Obama have been greeted with chants of “four more years” by protesters at other campaign events, Romney noted.
Romney repeated his pledge that his administration could create 12 million job and said, “We can endure 18 more days of the agenda of President Obama, but we cannot endure four more years and that’s why we’re going to replace him in 18 days.”
It’s crucial that Romney wins Florida and the state’s 29 electoral votes, if his prediction comes true.

Several Polls Reveal that Romney is Leading in New Hampshire and Florida

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Republican presidential candidate continues to reap benefits from the Oct. 3 presidential debate performance against President Barack Obama. New polls in the swing states of Florida and New Hampshire show Romney leading, though with a thin margin and within the sampling error.

The latest American Research Group tracking polls show Romney at 49 percent and Obama at 46 percent in Florida, and the GOP candidate leading 50 percent to 46 percent in New Hampshire as well.

The two states represent a total of 33 electoral votes. The ARG surveys, released Friday, have sampling errors of plus or minus four points. Both polls were conducted entirely after the presidential debate in Denver, Colo., and before last Thursday night’s vice presidential showdown between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

Prior to the presidential debate, the ARG Sept. 25-27 poll in New Hampshire and Sept. 22-22 poll in Florida both had Obama leading 50 percent to 45 percent.

The Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll in Florida, also released Friday, has Romney at 51 percent and Obama at 44 percent. And the Rasmussen Reports poll in Florida gives Romney a 51-47 percent advantage.

However, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll showed Obama at 48 percent and Romney at 47 percent.

Meanwhile, both Obama and Romney were preparing for the second of the three presidential debates set for Tuesday at Hofstra University near New York City, and trying to woo voters in Ohio, the state where the November election could be decided.

Romney had several campaign meetings and events in Ohio last week. Speaking to a crowd at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth on Saturday, he talked about questions he had for Obama on his policies during the debate. “Like why it was, with 23 million Americans out of work, struggling to find a good job, that he spent his first two years fighting for Obamacare, which made it harder to get jobs,” he said.

“And the only answer he had a few weeks ago was this. He [Obama] said, ‘You know, you cannot change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside.’ We are going to give him that chance on November 6,” Romney added.

 

5 Ways to solve Ohio problem for Romney to Win

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Winning in Ohio is very necessary for a Republican to win the election. That would appear to be true with Romney because his path to the White House is exceedingly narrow without Ohio ’s Electoral College votes. President Obama up by 8 percentage points in a new Washington Post poll in the Buckeye State , and while “that’s on the high end of recent margins,” says Alexander Burns at Politico, “the trend is unambiguously in the president’s favor.”  It won’t be easy for Romney however even with early voting moving up the vote-casting starting gun, he can still win in Ohio . Things can turn around by the following 5 ways to solve his big “ Ohio problem:”

  1. The candidate and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are on a three day bus tour of Ohio , as it turns this is one week campaign for Romney. The two who are the favorite of the conservatives have appeared together and the first time in three weeks time. The last and best chance for Romney to win.
  2. The Ohio voters aren’t just for him and this is the biggest obstacle for Romney. What Romney is going to do is to turn around his image over the next month.
  3. Romney faces a notable “ Ohio enthusiasm gap” with Obama, says Chris Cilliza at the Washington Post. You see some differences emerge, 56 percent of Obama voters are very enthusiastic, versus 46 percent for Romney. That’s not an insignificant difference when it comes to the likeliest of likely voters.. To win, Romney has to make an electorate look more like 2010 than 2008.
  4. The campaign’s internal poll numbers are much tighter than the public polls, putting Romney within the margin of error as what Romney strategists say. Politico’s Burns says, “Team Romney hope is that they can tighten the rest just a couple of points heading into the first debate.”
  5. Romney has to give up Ohio and focus on other sates like Florida , Virginia and other states that he can absolutely win.

Ann the Wife of Romney Giving Tips in Baking while on Plane

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Ann Romney paused to chat fashion, cooking and her sons’ penchant for pranks, surprising the press with a basket filled with her homemade Welsh cakes.

“Don’t you wish I had this basket yesterday?” this was said by her while the plane was about to take off for Florida while navigating the aisle of her husband’s campaign plane.

She was photographed baking in bulk the night before she and Romney left for the RNC last week and asked whether she would ever reveal the recipe for the treat, she’d rather offer a cooking demonstration Romney said.

She said, “You know, I don’t want to give the recipe until I show someone how to make them, because then no one will be able to make them right. It’s not in the recipe; it’s in the making of them. It’s in the cooking of them. What you do with the griddle and you can’t cook them too long and you can’t roll them out too thin.”

A question of her own was asked by Romney: What did the press think of the dress she wore during her RNC speech.

“We really wanted the girls’ to help me with the dress for my speech, but did I do Ok?”  The reporters nodded and asked what other options had been.

She said, “The dress that I wore when Mitt accepted on Thursday night, there are couple of others that you haven’t seen yet. Saving them for what, I don’t know.”

“Stuart actually gave advice which was really hard to listen to,” a joke of Romney referring to Stuart Stevens his campaign senior adviser who also help him prepare his speech.. “But I don’t know if you noticed but I had a Patagonia sweater when I was coming back, he wanted me to wear that.  Stuart’s choice was inside out T-shirt with a Patagonia jacket.”

Craig Romney had stuck a bug down the pants of her son Josh. Romney when they were saying goodbye in Florida today, Ann Romney looked shock when the press informed her about her son Craig Romney incident.

 

Mitt Romney Targets for the Majority at RNC

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By the end of the week, voters should be acquainted with Romney; otherwise a chance to meet him may not possible anymore.

The Republican National Convention this week challenge Mitt Romney to yank a party and a biography that aren’t particularly oriented to the center back toward the middle.

Hurricane Isaac is not as strong as outside forces. Romney has beaten with the party activists and Ron Paul’s libertarian forces to Florida with voices of their own, reminders of a fractious primary campaign that left Romney battered.

What fueled Democratic attempts to make the election into a war over women is the rape and abortion of Missouri Senate candidate’s odd comments: It’s been a messy precursor to the convention. Those comments trigger Romney and the full Republican Party apparatus to banish Rep. Todd Akin, fearful that they’ll tug perceptions of the party back toward the extremes.

Romney said, “I think it was terrible statement on his part.” This was stated of Akin on “Fox News Sunday.” “I think it was outrageous and offensive. I’ve asked him to get out of the race. I think I’ve distanced myself from the kind of thing he said as far as I possibly can.”

Rep. Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate hasn’t helped with distance, at least not yet. Romney needs to put an end to and fast the attempts of the Democratic to link Ryan to Akin that dominates the run-up to Tampa-stories.

Getting back on a message focusing on issues of jobs and the economy, and Romney’s challenge will be connecting his biography to the message.

What is filtered mostly through a lens crafted by President Obama and his allies is the Romney’s popularity throughout the nation. Romney’s elite background and easy to mock business record have been fodder.

The convention schedule this week will prominently feature members of Romney’s family even if it is shortened.

Romney Appeal Amidst Unwanted Distractions

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Mitt Romney promised to help promote women-led businesses the moment he will defeat President Barack Obama in November’s election. This was declared by him last Saturday that “women need our help.”

Before the convention of the Republican opens on Monday in Florida , an appeal came as the former Massachusetts governor tried to shrug off a series of unwanted distractions.

Romney with running mate Paul Ryan at his side said, “Just a word to the women entrepreneurs out there, if we become president and vice president, we want to speak to you, we want to help you. “ This was spoken at Columbus area where an outdoor rally happened that drew an estimated 5,000 people. “Women in this country are more likely to start businesses than men. Women need our help.”

The party’s position on abortion comes a promise as Republicans face difficult questions on this issue after a Missouri Senate candidate’s recent suggestion that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancy in case of “legitimate rape.”

Romney raise the discredited rumor that comes in less than 24 hours about Obama wasn’t born in the United States. These comments and efforts to explain surpassed his economic message as he campaigned near his Michigan birthplace on Friday.

This remarks was not elaborated further on Saturday, however he assailed the Democratic incumbent for failing to deliver on his campaign promises.

Romney said, “I can almost read his speech now. It’ll be filled with promises and tell people how wonderful things are.”  The said speech will be of Obama that will be delivered at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina next month. “It is not his words people have to listen to. It’s his action and his record. And if they look at that, they’ll take him out and put people into the office who’ll actually get America going again.”