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.

Hurricane Sandy may Affect Romney’s Late Push to Claim 10 electoral votes

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Frankenstorm has upended Mitt Romney’s late push to claim the Badger State ’s 10 electoral votes, though Hurricane Sandy may be a safe distance from Wisconsin.

Team Romney apparently decide to stop politicking with flooding, power outages, and even deaths on the horizon and the Republican presidential nominee was compelled Monday evening to ax an event in suburban Milwaukee, a GOP stronghold.
Wisconsin seems to have reverted to its old left-oft-center self when it comes to national politics, but Romney visit may not have made all that much difference, as just a few months removed from the conservative movement’s resounding victory over organized labor in the bitter Scott Walker recall fight.
President Obama still ahead not only polls show by far less than his 14-point margin from 4 years ago, but a liberal Democratic congresswoman Tommy Baldwin representing the college town of Madison was assumed to have an uphill battle on her hands and drawn even in the polls in her bid to take out popular former republican governor Tommy Thomson in the US Senate race.
After public-sector unions failed to recall Gov. Scott Walker, the Republicans predictions of a new era of conservative hegemony now seem more than a little premature in a state that lasted backed a Republican presidential candidate in 1984.
The possibility of a Romney upset as the Wisconsin political insiders and longtime observers of the state’s election is considering, however George W. Bush came up a thousand votes short here both in 2000 and 2004 although winning in the neighbor of Ohio . A possibility of a last minute sprint by Romney fearing the Electoral College math just isn’t adding up in some of the swing states he originally intending to win such as Ohio , Iowa , and Virginia .
Former governor Jim Doyle says, “Given the makeup of the electorate, if Romney can’t win Ohio , it’s even more unlikely that he could win Wisconsin .”

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.

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.

 

Healthcare Law and Repeal National Legislation as Romney’s Challenge to Obama

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A Massachusetts health care law being cited by the Republican Mitt Romney which he backed showing his empathy then later reiterated his pledge to repeal national legislation modeled after the state’s measure as he and President Barack Obama crisscrossed Ohio yesterday.

The presidential campaign dominates in confronting China on trade and lack plans to create jobs as each returned to focusing on the economy after several days during turmoil in the middle east, where the two candidates accuse each other of being too weak.
In Virginia , Obama and Romney will shadow each other in this critical battle ground state.
Romney Broached the issue of the health care figured in yesterday’s back and forth during an interview with NBC News.
A question sparked by the recent release of a video recorded at a private fundraiser in May where he had been asked about ways he could better show that he understand challenges facing most Americans at which Romney said 47 percent of voters view themselves as victims dependent on government help.
Help passed health care law in Massachusetts as state governor was Romney response to the question. The measure which served as a blueprint for the national health care which Obama failed where the Republican including Romney consistently criticize and should be repealed.
“Don’t forget, I got everybody in my state insured,” said by Romney in an interview conducted before a rally in Toledo . “One hundred percent of the kids in our state had health insurance.. I don’t think there’s anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record.”
Romney vow to repeal the health care law if he wins in the White House and repeated this at the rally and made this as “exhibit No. 1of the president’s political philosophy and that is that government knows better than people how to run their lives.”

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.

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?”