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 office cat

A govt employee? Me? Don't I wish. No John, they don't... but it's fun letting them think they do.

mikel

putty tat, her who thinks she knows all: "..the ObamaCare law actually contains 20 new or higher taxes on the American people."

"The 24 million Americans who have Flexible Spending Accounts will face a new federally imposed $2,500 annual cap. These pre-tax accounts, which currently have no federal limit, are used to purchase everything from contact lenses to children’s braces. With the cost of braces being as high as $7,200, this tax provision will play an unwelcome role in everyday kitchen-table health care decisions.

The cap will also affect families with special-needs children, whose tuition can be covered using FSA funds. Special-needs tuition can cost up to $14,000 per child per year. This cruel tax provision will limit the options available to such families, all so that the federal government can squeeze an additional $13 billion out of taxpayer pockets over the next ten years."

poop.

John Harville

As the puss says... proof? citation? Just so we know... you were talking about HSAs. Why the switch to FSAs?

John Harville

Cat! Can you send the sandbox to Mikel? The poo is mounting. The FSAs do not pay tuition. Your eyeballs are turning tan...

mikel

oh john, how wrong you are! with a recommendation/referral from a pcp one can use their fsa, for an individual that is handicapped, for educational purposes. many individuals that are mentally challenged and handicapped can use their fsa accounts for transportation vehicles as well.

poop.

John Harville

citation, please? Can't, huh?

John Harville

Are you disabled? Do you have a handicap? I've read enough to know those words aren't yours. ....also to know you don't like to provide sources. So folks, discount anything Mikel says.

mikel

no, not handicapped. consultation with individual that has the right medical/insurance background.

yes, please discount the accurate info that i post. thereby, when it does actually happen you have no one to blame but john. are you cat's hubby? you seem to believe that everything you say is gospel just like cat. maybeeeee, you 2 are actually hussein and michelle incognito?

the office cat

"...an individual with the right information..." There you go again.
I don't have to consult...have firsthand experience.
Married? I'm not sure our spouses would allow that. Ya see... this is how many on here know how 'out there' you are. you really have no informtion that doesn't come from some authoritative '...individual...', huh?

mikel

let's see. one brother-in-law owner of multiple re-hab facilities another a physician and his wife does the insurance billing so she is up to date and versed on the in's and out's of what can be done. yeah, i am satisfied with my sources.

coasterfan

Meh

coasterfan

Score Office Cat. 1. Mikel 0

Randy_Marsh

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).
What?? Oh do not name the person i am responding to as in they are mathmatically disabled?

Riskkbreaker

Strange..on the economy and healthcare, Biden deflected and changed the subject (read: Let's talk about how Medicare is doing now instead of talking about how it will be doing after the elections, when Obamacare kicks in).
Anytime where he wasn't doing that, he would just return to repeating his errors as if he did not hear, or did not comprehend, what Ryan just explained.

Biden was like Joe Pesci from "My Cousin Vinny," where he had to be nudged awake and then he trounced over to the jury and proclaimed "Everything that guy just said is BS." What a joke.

I think you are confusing a debate win..with the feeling of your party's guy being able to come up with a way to make it sound plausible at all (as Obama was struggling, and failed, to do in the first debate with Romney)..confusing that with winning by actually making any sense (once you dissect what Biden said).

plau·si·ble
adjective
1. having an appearance of truth or reason; seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance; credible; believable: a plausible excuse; a plausible plot.
2. well-spoken and apparently, but often deceptively, worthy of confidence or trust: a plausible commentator.

Darwin's choice

"their comments have a certain unhinged hysterical tone,don't you think?" Coasterfan, please walk into your bathroom, and look in the mirror......

the office cat

Ohh Dick! Just read the poo (Mikel's word, Ms. Sarah Moderator) you post.

coasterfan

Good one Darwin. Of course, your comment only reminds me of the old saying that intelligent people look insane to stupid people. Guess which role you're playing in this scenario?

Darwin's choice

Again, see reflection in mirror.........

the office cat

Paul Ryan sez: "we don't think unelected judges should make this decision" (about whether abortion should be legal). He said elected legislators should make that decision.
With that statement, Paul Ryan overruled Article III Section 2 of the Constitution (that document held so dear by his sponsoring Tea Party):
"The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority;...to controversies between TWO OR MORE states; between a state and citizens of another state; BETWEENN CITIZENS OF DIFFERENT STATES..."
Please note those justices are 'unelected'.

John Harville

Don't confuse them about the Constitution. They only like it when defending it makes them sound noble.

Riskkbreaker

So, uh..office cat. At what point does that have anything to do with a state and it's own citizens? After all, that is the actual issue. States that want Abortion regulated in their own state.

the office cat

So, uh, Riskbreaker... try ARticle XIV. Abortion extends across state lines - especially when it was illegal and folks in Indiana drove to Chicago and women in Ohio drove to Michigan...
Oh, and there is that 'choice' thing that applies to ALL Americans.

mikel

putty tat says - "Oh, and there is that 'choice' thing that applies to ALL Americans."

except when it comes to our health care right?

dems, always stepping from bucket of pooh into another trying to prove their point.

Riskkbreaker

You danced right around the question. Nothing you have cited prevents a state from voting to change Abortion laws within their own state.
Your reply only makes sense if, in your world, citizens from other states are allowed to demand that another state (which they do not live in) conforms their laws to the wishes of people in a different state.

Pete

Obama and his worshipers are circling the drain. It is funny to watch the desperation in their posts.

mikel

putty tat - does your employer know that you are stealing from him? ie blogging on here during work hours. or...do you own your own business that you have all of this free time?

Pete

She works for JFS so yes, we the people know what she does on our time.

John Harville

OC. They just don't know, do they?

John Harville

Why are you libeling another person on here? Even SR disclaimers can't protectthem from a libel suit.

mikel

who is libeling? inquiring minds just want to know if she is doing personal business on work time with work equipment or if she is self employed, which, would then make that a mute point.

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