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

The Big Dog's back

Gee, reading My Pet Goat was much more important than the country being attacked. Bush- over 3,000 killed on 911. over 5,000 in 2 wars. Still want to keep "score"?

Randy_Marsh

Reese
Alot of good it did huh? Maybe laying off Las Vegas and "The view" and a little more trying to run the country.

the office cat

What Reese said! But Randy only reads what he wants to... it's a strange malady one gets from too much tea.

The Big Dog's back

The biggest security failure in our history- September 11, 2001, 911. Who was President? GW Bush. Or do you want to blame that on Obama too?

Randy_Marsh

The two wars Biden voted for? Or the act of not passing a budget for 4 years i am confused about the economic awarness of this admin please enlighten us. (BTW Clinton was the president 8 months in advance of 9/11, still want to play this card after 4 years of blaming bush?)

John Harville

The vice president didn't pass a budget? Damn. Guess he forgot to read that part of the Constitution.

Clinton - who left office 1/20/2001 - was pres 8 months in advance of the attack of 9/11/2001 - has what to do with the discussion?

Randy_Marsh

Nah your right, The entire democrat party who was in power cannot do that.

the office cat

The entire Democratic party was in power in 2001?

Riskkbreaker

Obama voted to continue funding the war as did Biden, Pelosi, and Reid. Therefore, it is just as much their war as it was Bush's.

the office cat

No. Obama was opposed.

Riskkbreaker

Wrong. You are referring to his claim that if he would have been a member of Congress when the war started, he WOULD HAVE opposed it. However, once he was a member of Congress, he voted to continue funding after the fact.

coasterfan

Wow. Slam dunk. Congrats Mr. Biden on a thorough butt-whipping. Loved Bill Maher's Facebook Post: "Somebody call 9-11. An old man is beating a child". Biden was believable, Ryan was utterly NOT believable. Still no details on the Romney/Ryan tax plan, just their usual vague promises. As independent economists pointed out, the GOP economic plan is mathematically impossible.

From where I sit, the only people who are drinking kool-aid are those who actually believe that Romney would help the middle class. A politician like Romney who constantly changes his "views" on every single possible subject cannot be trusted, and the absolute LAST thing America needs are GOP economic policies that created the worst US recession since the 1930's Great Depression.

It's amusing to listen to the rightwingnut conspiracy folks who post here. Their comments have a certain unhinged hysterical tone, don't you think?

Randy_Marsh

"it's absolutely certain that his policies will take $2000 out of every middle class person's pocket"
"and the absolute LAST thing America needs are GOP economic policies that created the worst US recession since the 1930's Great Depression"
Qouted from Coasterfan. Fearmongering is what you accuse of others why does it seem your the biggest fear monger on here? Oh i know your following Obama's playbook. "If you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters."
B.Obama

coasterfan

A funny comment from a man whose conservative party's entire campaign strategy has been nothing BUT fearmongering. First, if it's true, it's not fearmongering. Independent economists have said that Romney's economics would raise middle class taxes an average of $2000. Romney won't give any details as to his plan would work. One would think that if he truly wanted to "prove" that his plan will work, he would provide some details. The problem with invisible things (like Mitt's economic plan) is that they look an awful lot like things that don't actually exist. Economists have gone on record stating that Mitt's plan is mathematically impossible. Second, dude, you need to learn the difference between 'your' and 'you're'. When you sound illiterate, it weakens your arguments exponentially...

Randy_Marsh

Really coaster? Obama has nothing to run on so he attacks, I have yet to see ONE thing praising his accomplishments. Attacking my grammer is just another way of showing YOU ARE out of arguments. Its pathetic.

John Harville

"grammAr". Oh my. "nothing to run on". bin laden; troops out of Iraq; pre-existing conditions; kids til 27; 1 in 8 jobs in Ohio saved; housing market turning corner; NYSE twice what it was; student loans.... To see 'nothin' maybe you should look in the mirror?

Randy_Marsh

So giving a order that anyone would have done, (Troops are still there, Look it up) Keeping kids in the home till 26 and then getting them on welfaree, Bailing out the housing market 40 billion a month, feeding the rich on fiat money, Student debt loans over 1 trillion is somthing? I guess it is if you arent looking for much.

the office cat

Anyone? Bush?

mikel

john - you forgot to mention doubling the deficit. how could you?

the office cat

How many of us have to say it? The House has responsibility for revenue and spending.

Riskkbreaker

And Democrats controlled both houses of Congress from early 2007 to the end of 2010! They caused it! Dodd and Frank (Dems) blocked Bush's proposed regulations against Fannie and Freddie. Obama backed Dodd's theat of a filibuster bcause he was the 3rd largest recipient of 2004 campaign donations from Fannie and Freddie.

reese

Let me add a few more John...

Wall Street Reform
Began drawdown of troops in Afghanistan
Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell
Recapitilized Banks
Joined Coalition to topple Moammar Gaddafi
Told Mubarak to go
Reversed Bush torture policies
Kicked banks out of Federal Student Loan Program, Expanded Pell Grant spending
Created Race to the Top
Boosted Fuel efficiency standards
Increased Support for Veterans
Increased Sanctions on Iran
Passed Credit Card Reform
Signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Nominated and had confirmed two Supreme Court Justices
Improved Food Safety System
Achieved new Start Treaty
For more go to:
www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazi...

anthras

worse recession since the great depression, can you remember double digit Jimmy Carter?? Double digit unemployment, double digit inflation, and double digit interest rates could anyone buy a house at 18% interest rates ???

The Big Dog's back

Jimmy Carter? Really? Interest rates now are the lowest ever, inflation low, unemployment at 7.8%.

anthras

My point is that Obama is saying that he took over the worse recession since the great depression and I feel that he took over the worse recession since double digit Jimmy

the office cat

I bought a house at 18% and a car. But during the Depression
my parents couldn't even buy gas for their 1926 Model A except with rationing stamps. My aunt and uncle sent their children to live with relatives because they couldn't provide a home. And I think I should point out my 18% mortgage was during Saint Ronald's administration. My 1978 mortgage was only 10%.

mikel

dems. sometimes i question their intelligence level. prez o has a commercial stating that romney will take away medicare funding for people that have disabilities and the dems are all over that condeming romney for hating people with disabilities.

yet, prez o has stated that he will install a cap on hsa accounts. apparently, prez o and the rest of the dems, don't know that this money is used to pay for many, many, many medical items that are used every day by people that have disabilities!

like i have said before...dems, trying to support themselves, just step from one bucket of pooh into another bucket of pooh!!!

the office cat

A Health Savings Account MUST be tied to a High Deductible Health insurance Plan (HDHP). The caps - since the plan was initiated in 2004 - are set by Congress and the IRS and are based entirely on your health insurance. THE PRESIDENT HAS NO CONTROL. So please quote the President you claim "has stated that he will install a cap on HSA Accounts" since those caps first were set in 2004. There's YOUR first bucket of pooh.
People with disabilities - or anyone with an HSA - only can use the account for procedures, medicines, physicians NOT COVERED by their EXISTING Health Insurance. The government - Congrsss and the IRS - entirely regulates use of the monies. Poo Bucket Two.
And thus your great proliferation of desperate lies and misinformation continues.

Pete

Aren't you a government employee Cat? So ACCA doesn't affect you does it?

John Harville

Are you Cat?

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