Building on momentum, Romney renews push for Ohio

Republican Mitt Romney is making a fresh bid for Ohio voters, trying to use post-debate momentum to make up ground in a state that has been a mainstay of GOP presidential candidates and could help President Barack Obama hold onto the White House.
Associated Press
Oct 10, 2012

Romney planned events in communities north of Columbus and Dayton on Wednesday, intensifying his efforts in the state after a strong debate performance that has helped him close a deficit against Obama in national polls.

"This economy is not creating the jobs it should. We've got to fix it," Romney said Tuesday in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where he campaigned with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. "We're going to do it here in Ohio."

Ohio remained a focus for both campaigns, as Obama and Romney pushed for support on the last day of voter registration before Election Day. Obama returned to the White House following a fundraising trip through California and a stop Tuesday at Ohio State University, where he urged students to cast their ballots early.

"Don't wait. Do not be late. Go vote today," Obama said. "All right, Buckeyes, we need you." His campaign staged buses nearby, ready to ferry students or other supporters to registration centers. Obama was staying off the campaign trail on Wednesday and then heading to Florida on Thursday for events in the nation's largest battleground state.

Romney was campaigning in Ohio as his comments on abortion to an Iowa newspaper brought attention to social issues. Romney told The Des Moines Register in an interview Tuesday that he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected president. His campaign tried to walk back the remarks, saying he would support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life, without elaborating.

Obama's campaign jumped on the apparent shift, saying in a statement that "within just a couple hours of the story with Romney's abortion comments posting, his spokesperson clarified that he would in fact support legislation to restrict a woman's right to choose."

The attention on Ohio came amid signs that Obama's advantage in Ohio was narrowing. A new CNN poll showed Obama leading Romney 51 percent to 47 percent among likely Ohio voters, depicting a tighter race. Republicans said Romney's strong debate appearance has helped his standing in national polls and they were beginning to see evidence of that in the battleground states most likely to decide the election.

Senior Obama political adviser Robert Gibbs said Wednesday the shifting poll numbers shouldn't be automatically viewed as a sign that the president's re-election campaign is sagging.

"We always expected this to be a very close race and we expected that as we got closer to Election Day, the race would tighten even more," Gibbs said in an appearance on NBC's "Today" show.

Of Romney's Des Moines Register interview, Gibbs said, "One more time we've got an example of Mitt Romney changing a position in public even though everybody knows what he believes."

In a conference call Tuesday with reporters, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said of Romney, "There isn't any question that he has breathed new life and new energy into the Republican Party.We're seeing that there is greater intensity among Republicans and a great willingness to get out and vote and participate than we're seeing with Democrats."

With 18 electoral votes, Ohio remains a linchpin in Romney's strategy to string together enough state victories to amass the 270 Electoral College votes needed to take the White House. No Republican has won the presidency without this Midwestern state, and if Romney were to lose here, he would have to carry every other battleground state except tiny New Hampshire.

Romney has far fewer state-by-state paths to the White House than Obama, who still has several routes to victory should he lose in Ohio.

With less than a month before the election, Romney has increased his focus on the state: He's spending three of the next four days in Ohio before the second presidential debate in Hempstead, N.Y., on Tuesday. Running mate Paul Ryan meets Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday in Kentucky for the only vice presidential debate of the campaign.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki dismissed the impact of polls showing a tighter race, saying Democrats always expected the race in Ohio and elsewhere to narrow ahead of Election Day.

"We have blinders on. We're implementing our own game plan," Psaki said. "We're focused on getting our supporters out, communicating the choice."

Separately, Romney's campaign is trying to reach out to voters in new ways, dispatching Ann Romney to guest-host "Good Morning America" on Wednesday. Mrs. Romney was scheduled to be on hand for the morning news program's 8 a.m. hour, filling in for co-anchor Robin Roberts, who is on extended medical leave.

 

Comments

coasterfan

Righhhhht, Mikel. Obama hasn't raised middle class taxes during his first term, and suddenly you think he is going to turn Republican and enact policies that hurt the middle class. Look, II'm sorry that your own candidate Romney is a Tea Party hack one week, a RINO the next, but our candidate isn't like that. The simple truth about Obama is that he is a known commodity, and by that I mean that we middle class folks know KNOW that he is on our side.

Randy_Marsh

Hey look coaster at the bush tax cuts which are to expire, The middle rate goes up also. Please to at least try to read somthing other than the liberal rags.

John Harville

The dems favor expiring upper class tax cuts. Read something besides the Washington Times and WAshington Examiner.

Randy_Marsh

http://www.npr.org/2012/07/10/15... NPR its safe to read for you. The same Bush tax cuts the Obama admin wants to expire, Bend over you are going to take it from your god in Jan.

the office cat

Whoa!!! NPR is okay if it makes your point?

Randy_Marsh

Unlike you i like to read all the blogs and find the information instead of latching onto just the ones that i agree with. Too bad you didnt look beyond MSNBC or huffington, You might learn more.

Riskkbreaker

You could tax everyone who makes over 250k per year at 100% of their income and you still would not pay for the 2012 spending..unless everyone else kicked in 38 bucks as well.
You should ask yourself why the Obama Admin. does not just go after the Banksters, instead of trying to drag down all small businesses with them. Perhaps they are Ultra Left-Wing extremists attempting a coup..think about it.
By the way, If you think it is bad now, just wait until the business world finds out that Obama is re-elected (if he gets re-elected).

reese

The Bush tax cuts are due to expire. It is up to the Congress to keep this from happening. This is not about President Obama, it is about how Congress is going to handle this crisis. Better pay more attention to who you are voting for in the congressional elections, especially the House of
Representatives. Make sure you figure out who your representatives are and what their positions are.

mikel

yes, make sure that your represenative has the courage to stand up to prez o and not let him trod on our financial freedom. thank goodness for the current members of the house or our deficit would would be triple the $1.1 trillion. prez o has no financial knowledge as he only knows how to spend and not how to cut.

FST

What I think is funny is that 6 months ago all the rightwing supporters on here bashed everything Obama was doing and were in total support of Romney and his beliefs. And now that Romney has changed almost everything he believed in and is leaning more to what Obama has been trying to do, just to get more voters on his side,the rightwingers STILL support him. What Romney was against 6 months ago, he is now for. And what he was for then, he is now against.He has been caught is so many lies and flip-flopping, how can anybody really trust him and believe what he says? The fact is that the POTUS is just a figurehead. If you REALLY want to save this country, then you need to pay closer attention to who you vote for in CONGRESS because THEY are the ones holding all the cards. They are the ones making and breaking our laws and it is Congress that is spending our taxes on things that really doesn`t matter to the wellbeing of the AMERICAN PEOPLE. You all can argue about who is better between Romney and Obama, but the truth is that they BOTH are, or will sell out the American people. I would rather throw my vote away on Gary Johnson than to let EITHER party think I approve of the way they have been doing things by voting for one of them.

mikel

kinda like prez o saying that he was against same sex marriage and then a couple of months later says that he is now for it? or....when prez o says that he will close gitmo, balance the budget and he has done neither. the list goes on and on and on. if you have kept score of any prez you would note that almost nothing said by a candidate comes true.

coasterfan

Congrats, Mikel. You searched 4 years of Obama comments to find three things in which Obama flip flopped. Romney does that in a single week. Clearly Mitt will say ANYTHING to get elected. It's clear that even HE doesn't believe what he is saying, or he wouldn't do constant 180s on literally every possible topic....

Randy_Marsh

Maybe Romney is "Evolving" LOL! Thats still funny how hypocritical you people are.

Riskkbreaker

"I will repeal the Patriot Act."
Obama extended it and then signed NDAA (instead of refusing to sign it and citing, as his reason, that Republicans had inserted potentially tyrannical powers, over U.S. citizens, into the Act --- which, if this allegation is true, would have sealed his opponents' fate as a party..but he signed it anyway) and he has also now given the Executive Branch control over all forms of communication...if the need arises.
And that is just one of the worst examples.

John Harville

He didn't f/f on the same-sex thing. Unlike Republicans, the more scholarly president patiently awaited court decisions and listened to all sides then acted.
He waited for Congress to move on immigration, then decided to enact a portion of the Dream Act.
He attempted to close Gitmo - but nobody on the mainland wanted these prisoners 'in my back yard'.
He can't balance the budget. It's the Constitutional responsibility of the House.

Randy_Marsh

So he cannot lead is that what you are saying? Or are you saying the poor guy will run out of people if things go bad and he doesnt have the guts? Im sorry the guy has either followed Bush policy or he has enhanced it. We cannot afford another 4 years of this guy.
BTW he did flip flop on the same sex deal look it up i am not UNICEF.

the office cat

John... you gotta understand Randy. He's the epitome of "a little knowledge can be dangerous'.
Randy... nobody said 'he cant lead'. Appropriations and Revenue - the budget are specifically assigned by the Constitution (you remember that document?) to the House of Representatives - the ONLY branch of government given that power. A flip-flop is a change of position to match what your auidience is thinking - without much thought given. A change in position is the result of discussion with people from all sides and serious consideration of ramifications before changing one's mind. Of course your vision is so narrow that changing your mind is not a possibility. UNICEF? Who said you're the United Nations Childrens Fund?

Randy_Marsh

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can't pay its own bills. B. Obama 2008
Obama himself said of bush he could not lead because of the spending problem, He continues the policys spending continues so he too is a failure. Don't you hate when your own words come back to haunt you?

mikel

can i get an amen????

Randy_Marsh

UNICEF, Obviously you have no humor in your life. Your VP laughs at Nuclear threats from foriegn nations i would think you would see the humor in a movie reference. My bad, The left are a miserable lot and would not know humor if it hit them in the head.

The Big Dog's back

rand, is the nuclear threat like the WMD's in Iraq threat?

Randy_Marsh

Dog
Who knows no one has shown up to a security briefing in over a month but im sure if they find one they will be sure to throw the intellegence community under the bus again or just flat out lie as they did in libya.

Riskkbreaker

That last paragraph..does that mean Clinton did not balance the budget either, then? Who controlled Congress when the budget was balanced for part of the Clinton years? It was not the Dems.
Also, the Democrats gained control of Congress from the start of 2007 until the end of 2010 and they have had record breaking deficit spending ever since.

Pete

More trouble for the tool currently occupying the White House:

http://www.cleveland.com/nation/...

More lies and deception of the Obama Administration. But that is par for the course for him and his minions.

Darwin's choice

Big Dog...Coasterfan.......what about this??

The Big Dog's back

Is this the same darrel issa who committed treason at this same hearing? Why do Repubs like outing CIA agents?

http://thinkprogress.org/securit...

Pete

So Brutus.... Because your Messiah lied and it was caught by Issa that makes it OK?

And Think Progress? WOW! Scraping the bottom of the Libtopian Barrel there aren't you???

Your Messiah got people killed Brutus. Then they all lied to the American people. Disgusting is what it is!

the office cat

You mean the Issa who - along with Paul Ryan - voted FOR gutting the budgets of forces who were supposed to protect/defend foreign embassies?

Or do you mean the Issa who has a long criminal record, served time in jail, and blamed the bad stuff on 'my brother'?

Pete

Yes, 147 R's voted for the cuts. But.... 149 D's did Cat. Which is worse?

Or we could be talking about the coke snorting Obama. He is such a GOOD role model isn't he!

The Big Dog's back

Yeah pete, when all the rest of your accusations fall through, blame it on the Black man.

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