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 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.

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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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.

Romney’s Statement on Libya ’s Attack Smash Obama’s Campaign

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The president and his allies “fail to grasp the seriousness” of recent attacks in Libya as what Romney tore into the Obama campaign Thursday.

Deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign blamed Mr. Romney and his running mate , Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday, for politicizing the attacks on the U.S. consulate and an annex in Benghazi leaving four Americans dead that includes the US ambassador to Libya .
“The entire reason that this become the, you know, political topic it is, is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, “Ms. Cutter said on CNN. “It’s a big part of their stump speech, and it’s reckless and irresponsible what they’re doing.”
In North Carolina Romney fired back, quoting Ms. Cutter and saying, “Today we get another indication of how President Obama and his campaign fail to grasp the seriousness of the challenges that we face here in America .”
Mr. Romney added,”It’s an issue because this is the first time in 33 years that a United States ambassador has been assassinated.”
This remark is address directly to the President and he said, “Mr. President, this is an issue because we were attacked successfully by terrorists on the anniversary of 9/11…this is an issue because American wonder why it was so long for you and your administration to admit that this was a terrorists attack. This is very – this is a very serious issue. These are very serious questions, and the American people deserve serious answers and I hope they come soon.”
The Libyan crisis put both Messrs. Romney and Obama criticisms for mishandling in one way or another. Mr. Romney released a statement while the event were unfolding, assailing the administration for its handling of the attacks. Both conservatives and Democrats prompted a backlash that becomes uncomfortable with politicizing the attack.

A Good Sign of Mitt Romney Polls: Survey Shows Continual Increase Percentage on Romney Side

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The US presidential race is about to finish. There are 4 more weeks to go where Americans decide who will be the US president? The Mitt Romney Polls can be taken into consideration.

 

A lot of changes as days pass to the November Election. We cannot deny that Obama lead on poll survey for the previous months. But Romney is not behind Obama for a big lead. The race is too tight that not anyone can tell who will win this battle.

 

After the attack of US embassy at Libya, Romney was also releasing his attacks against the US administration. But according to poll survey, it did not showed a positive aspect on Romney for it was untimely for him to give criticism while the incident has just happened. In fact, there were some Republicans who were not amenable for the criticism of Romney on the Government lapses of the attack. However, only a small edge had been added to Obama.

 

But after the first debate of Romney and Obama, there was a great difference. Two-thirds of people who watched the presidential debate think that the Republican nominee Mitt Romney won the showdown according to a nationwide poll conducted Wednesday night. In the poll survey, 36 percent said that the debate made them more likely to vote for Romney while only 18 percent are more likely to reelect the president.

 

The debate has given a great impact on the part of the Republican candidate because it gives an advantage on Romney polls of having an approval rating rise to 3 percent. Obama was still leading but his lead narrowed after the debate. If the coming two more debate of Obama and Romney have the same performance, then it is a bad sign for Obama. However the team Obama is hoping that they can recover from the first encounter.

 

The Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan pull up a couple chairs for a vice presidential debate. Team Obama is looking to put the brakes on the other guy’s momentum. However, it is not easy to say that Biden is better than Ryan. If Ryan can show to the people of America that their team is better to administer the US government, there is a possibility that a new president will be elected on the November 2012 US Election.

 

Well, as of this moment, only time knows who will win the election but many Republicans, supporters and believers of Romney finger-crossed hoping he can be the next president in America. Let’s just watch for the next poll survey that will be released days from now.

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?”

The 2011 tax return of Romney has been released on an average of 14.1%

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A summary of Mitt Romney effective tax for the past two decades finally release on Friday that is his 2011 tax return. For good measure, two doctor’s notes attesting the candidate and his running mate Paul Ryan to be in good physical health.

Former Massachusetts governor’s campaign released a blog post summarizing the document which was ahead of the release.  The released of the tax return was at 3 p.m. ET on the websitewww.mittromney.com/disclosure.
To reduce the amount of Media exposure traditionally, the release was on Friday afternoon.
It was a fulfillment of Romney promise made earlier I the 2012 presidential campaign.. Former Michigan Gov. George Romney, released 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president in 1968 which is unlikely to quiet Democratic criticisms that Romney has failed to live up to a standard set by his father.
This tax is of mostly investment income with a tax rate of 14.1% which Romney paid $1,935,708 in taxes on $13,696,951. According to White house, Obamas paid an effective tax rate of 20.5 percent in 2011, a lower rate than the president’s secretary.
Of the $250 million Romney who is thought to have a personal fortune in the neighborhood, gave $4,020, 772 to charity, and 30 percent of their income.
R. Bradfort Malt, the manager of Romney’s blind trust since 2003, wrote on the blogpost and said, Romney had filed their 2011 tax return with the IRS Friday morning. In a letter provided by Romney’s tax preparer PricewaterhouseCoopers indicated as being summarized tax rates that Romney paid from 1990 to 2009.
A 20.2 percent federal tax rate was the average annual payment of Romney, with 13.66 percent lowest rate. An average of 13.45 percent was given of their adjusted gross income to charity.
The tax rate Romney paid a lower rate than the top 35 percent was levied on the largest salaries whose income came from investments which are taxed at very far lower rates.

Romney Able to Get a Chance over the Fiscal Cliff

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Some $ 109 billion in across-the-board spending cuts in of Mr. Obama giving a chance for Mr. Romney to leap into the debate over the fiscal cliff, the potential for an end of the year uproar unless Mr. Obama and Congress reach a deficit reduction deal to avert them.

 At year’s end, Bush-era tax cut also expire.
The campaign battle between Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney is the Washington debate mirror.
Republicans favor spending cuts while Democrats want to make up the shortfall by increasing taxes on wealthy Americans.
In the weekly podcast of Mr. Romney, he said, “Political gridlock threatens to plunge us back into recession, but instead of seeking bipartisan solutions, President Obama is passively allowing us to go over a fiscal cliff.”
It was congressional Republicans who are standing in the way of deal because they refuse to accept a more balanced approach, this is according to the White House in releasing a breakdown cuts on Friday.
Automatic cuts under an August 2011 deal are agreed by the White House and Congress, Democrats and Republicans, including Mr. Romney’s vice presidential running mate, Paul Ryan.
Mr. Romney says this is no time to shrink the Pentagon’s budget where he has vowed to build up the US military if elected on 6th of November and the $54bn in deference cuts that would kick in at year’s end has single out for criticism, The Pentagon budget should no be shrink, Romney said.
Andrea Saul, the spokeswoman of Romney said, “What kind of commander-in-chief forces Americans to choose between massive tax hikes that will undermine the economy and massive cuts to our military that will undermine national security?”
The issue of the deaths of four Americans killed by Muslim protesters at the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi , Libya made Mr. Romney a rough week ending during which he fell behind Mr. Obama in the polls and came under criticism from Democrats and some Republicans.
 Romney took a day off from the campaign trail and spent part of the afternoon watching one of his grandson’s soccer games.