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 and Obama Goes to Hofstra for the 2nd Debate

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President Obama will try to pull himself — and his campaign — off the mat Tuesday night when he debates rival Mitt Romney again, this time at Hofstra University.

Obama got his bell rung hard during their first debate in Denver — and he knows that another defeat could be devastating.

“It’s as important as a Game 7 in the World Series even though there’s a third debate,” Democratic strategist Chris Lehane said. “The pressure will be on the President to step up to the plate and deliver.”

Romney heads into Hempstead buoyed by a post-debate surge in the polls.

Adding to the enthusiasm: The Romney camp reported Monday it had raised more than $170 million last month. While that was less than the $181 million the Obama campaign raised in September, the windfall came during a rough month for Romney that quickly became a bad memory after the first face-off with Obama.

“The debate was huge and we’ve seen our numbers move across the country,” Romney’s wife, Ann, said. “That’s what you call momentum.”

Obama and Romney spent Monday preparing for Tuesday’s clash. Obama huddled with aides at a resort in Virginia; Romney did likewise near his Massachusetts home.

The 90-minute debate begins at 9 p.m. and will have a town hall format.

Eighty Nassau County residents, selected by the Gallup Organization from a random sample of registered voters, will have an opportunity to question the candidates. They were chosen because they haven’t picked a candidate or are not firmly committed to voting for either one.

They submitted their questions in advance to the moderator, Candy Crowley of CNN; she will decide who gets to ask which question.

Three hundred Hofstra students will be in the audience, but they will not take part in the town hall. They were selected from more than 6,500 students who entered a lottery.

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Romney Swears to Fulfill his Promise to Restore America

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Mitt Romney presented his plan involving energy independence, cutting the budget deficit and creating jobs. Meanwhile he accused President Barack Obama of failing to deliver his promises.

He also discus his faith of being a Mormon

Mr. Romney had “no tangible ideas” and “would take our country backwards,” the Obama campaign said.

This coming November election, Mr. Romney will challenge the Democratic president.

The climax of the three day Republican convention was the speech of Romney,  which the correspondents saw that a candidate may sometimes accused of being opaque and distant.

A visit to Louisiana and a tour to areas damaged by Hurricane Isaac by Mr. Romney this Friday. He will be at LaFitte a local command centre, which is 16 miles from New Orleans .

Due to his tour to the storm zone, he will be missing the pre-planned campaign events in Florida and in Virginia .

After accepting the nomination on Tuesday by thousand of delegates at the gala in Tampa , Romney began the most important speech of his political career.

Although his first presidential bid in 2008 was eluded by the Republican nominee an Arizona Senator John McCain, it secures him the position in the recent convention.

Mr Romney said, “I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. This speech was watched by millions in the US.

He further said to the million audiences, “You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.”

“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise…is to help you and your family.”  Romney said.

He promises that in the next four years, he will create 12 million American jobs.

At the same time he pledge that by 2020, he will make the US energy independent and new trade agreements will be negotiated and cut the national deficit.