Final stretch nonstop for Obama, Romney

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Locked in a stubbornly tight race, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are demonstrating the urgency of the campaign's final stretch, with the incumbent alone set to cover 5,300 miles in the busiest single day of his re-election bid. Both men claimed a growing edge even as voters showed little give.
Associated Press
Oct 24, 2012

 

From Colorado to Iowa to ever-important Ohio, bigger crowds and late October scenery offered the feel of a campaign starting to finally crackle. Obama centered on a closing theme that voters simply cannot trust Romney, while the challenger warned of the bleak times that four more Obama years would bring.

At the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado late Tuesday, Romney said Obama's promise of more of the same is "why he's slipping and it's why we're gaining."

He cast the race as moving his way during a rally of up to 10,000 at the amphitheater, a stunning setting cut into mountain rocks outside Denver. Blue lights and the Romney "R" logo lit the rocks rising on either side of the venue, and the crowd wore colored T-shirts that, viewed from afar, formed the Colorado state flag.

Romney wasn't staying in Colorado long. With just two weeks left and all three of their debates behind them, the candidates turned to travel - a lot of it.

Their mission remains to sway the small pool of undecided voters, but their increasing emphasis is to implore their millions of supporters to vote, particularly in the battleground states that allow early ballots to be cast.

Setting up for a frenetic finish, both campaigns sought to show they had enthusiasm and organization on their side.

"We have the ball, we have the lead," Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod insisted.

Obama was to campaign nearly around the clock Wednesday.

His day was taking him from Washington to Iowa, Colorado, California and Nevada, and then overnight to Florida. Not stopping to sleep in a hotel was meant to signal spirit and drive - although, with a comfortable suite on Air Force One, Obama was hardly crashing out in the coach section for his red-eye flight.

It was the first time Obama was spending the night on his plane for a domestic trip, but far from unprecedented for an incumbent scrambling to keep his job.

Across the miles, Obama was holding rallies from morning to night, appearing on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and calling some voters from the plane. It is the first half of a two-day trip that will see him going to Florida, Virginia and Ohio on Thursday, with a stop sandwiched in for him to cast his vote in Chicago.

Romney, too, is picking up the pace.

He is campaigning Wednesday in Reno, Nev., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before a three-stop swing in Ohio on Thursday.

"His is a status quo candidacy," Romney said of Obama as he teamed with running mate Paul Ryan in Henderson, Nev., on Tuesday. Thousands gathered at Red Rocks to hear him, although the sound system made him sound distant.

A swell of public polling showed an up-for-grabs race.

The Obama campaign had clearly heard the complaint that Obama, after more than a year of speeches, had failed to articulate his second-term vision. Obama's team produced a 20-page booklet outlining his proposals and promised to distribute millions of copies. Obama himself held it up at two speeches.

In the closing phase, Obama is trying to capitalize on polls that show voters see the president as more trustworthy than Romney. The president has spiced his rhetoric with humor to temper his underlying charge - that Romney is lying about what he would do as president.

"We joke about Gov. Romney being all over the map, but it speaks to something important - it speaks of trust," Obama said in Dayton, Ohio. "Trust matters. You want to know that the person who's applying to be your president and commander in chief is trustworthy, that he means what he says."

With Obama holding an edge in the uncontested states, Romney must win more of the battlegrounds to reach the minimum 270 electoral votes for the presidency. Those states are Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and New Hampshire.

All of them will be drawing enormous personal attention from Romney and Obama, their wives, their running mates and other surrogates through Nov. 6.

In those states, Romney and Obama have both focused on critical demographics - particularly female voters. Polls show more women backing Romney in recent weeks. But Romney could face some trouble over comments from Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who in a Tuesday night debate said that when a woman is impregnated during a rape, "it's something God intended."

Romney's campaign said late Tuesday that he "disagrees" with Mourdock but wouldn't say whether the campaign would ask him to stop airing a TV ad that Romney cut for Mourdock earlier this week.

Two months ago, embattled Missouri GOP Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin said during a TV interview that women's bodies have ways of preventing pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape."

Since his comment, Akin has apologized repeatedly but has refused to leave the race despite calls to do so by leaders of his own party, including Romney.

From the Romney campaign, aides to Ryan were casting his speech Wednesday at Cleveland State University as a significant pitch.

He was to argue that Americans stuck in poverty cannot afford four more years like the past four. Ryan also planned to tell voters that Romney offers a better pathway for low-income Americans to improve their lives through opportunity and upward mobility, including school choice and public-private partnerships.

Comments

coasterfan

If I were Romney, I wouldn't count any chickens before they are hatched. National polls aren't as important as polls in the swing states, and Romney is definitely not leading in Ohio, for example. After losing Monday's debate, it's hard to see how the updated polls would show any improvement in those numbers for Romney.

By now, Ohioans know who Romney is, and they know of his history helping rich people at the expense of the middle-class and poor. The man is a windsock, who changes his "platform" almost daily, depending on whom he is speaking with. Try as he might to erase his history, the true Romney comes out with weekly gaffes such as the 47% comment. Anyone who really believes that he would help the middle class more than Obama should ask themselves: how much did the GOP/Bush recession help me in 2007-2008?

The most telling thing, of course, is that Massachusetts, Romney's home state, isn't even supporting him.

Contango

coasterfan writes:

"...Ohioans know who Romney is, and they know of his history helping rich people at the expense of the middle-class and poor."

According to you aren't public employees "middle-class"?

Then why do public employee pension trusts invest billions of assets with private equity firms like Bain Capital who start and buy businesses where the "poor" can find jobs?

Aren't those "middle class" public employees just profiting off the backs of the "poor"?

Darwin's choice

Obama=liar

Swamp Fox

The chickens are coming home to roast, CBS News break ranks with the left wing mainstream media and exposes the Obama lies cover up on the Benghazi attack..

http://www.wtsp.com/news/article...

Mr. D

Swampee, nothing in the article says anything about a coverup. It says emails were exchanged as the attact unfolded. Your link Does Not take us to the emails. Nothing here. . . except your teatard jibberish in your post.

Randy_Marsh

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/poli...
Links to the E-Mails are in blue.

Bleeding Turnips

Why do we the taxpayers have to pay for Obama to run around campaigning on Air Force One? His campaign should be billed for the crew, security, and all costs involved. I like how the Register called it “his plane.” Isn’t it our plane, the citizens of the United States?
Maybe if Obama took as much interest in doing his job as he does trying to get reelected, four Americans would have been provided the security (that they requested numerous times) and they may still be alive.

I guess it’s just more “Work place violence” right Barack?

The Big Dog's back

"Bleeding Turnips
WED, 10/24/2012 - 4:37PM
Why do we the taxpayers have to pay for Obama to run around campaigning on Air Force One?"
Because the previous all White Presidents did the same thing.

Darwin's choice

Obama=liar

KURTje

Obama will win. It will be close. If Obama wins there will be voting fraud alledged, etc. If Obama still maintains his spot imo some one will try to hurt him with deeds or action. That's my opinion. Say yours now before elections......than "told you so," will be heard.

Centauri

My prediction is that Obama will win. Romney's past comments sealed his fate. The Republicans should have chosen Ron Paul who would have won. The rich and powerful individuals and corporations didn't want Ron Paul. The Republicans will have only themselves to blame for picking bully, rich kid, better than thou Romney who will lose.

Too bad Republicans, you are your own worst enemy. You chose some better than thou rich kid against somebody who made too much sense as a viable candidate.

G_Richardson

*From a corner not involved* The banks are placing their bets already. The swing from Obama who was backed to Romney is the largest monetary swing that most who record those types of things can remember. Not doing the "I told you so" But we all know politicians are bought and sold, The trick is who owns them.

My thoughts

Change the word "stretch" in the headline to "stench" and it makes sense.

eriemom

"The re-election of a President who has been progressive, competent, rational, decent, and, at times, visionary is a serious matter. The President has achieved a run of ambitious legislative, social, and foreign-policy successes that relieved a large measure of the human suffering and national shame inflicted by the Bush Administration. Obama has renewed the honor of the office he holds. (New Yorker Obama endorsement)

Find and read the entire article.

Darwin's choice
The New World Czar

"Say it ain't so" Joe Biden strikes again!

http://politics.blogs.foxnews.co...

coasterfan

Eriemom, thanks for posting the New Yorker Obama endorsement. It's one of the most succinct and accurate summarizations of all the things Obama has accomplished in just four years. I'll definitely check out the entire article.

Does anyone know why Romney's own state isn't supporting him? Could it be because Mass. was 47th in job creation during his term?

Darwin's choice

here you are #1 fan.........http://obamalies.net/list-of-oba...

Randy_Marsh

"It's one of the most succinct and accurate summarizations of all the things Obama has accomplished in just four years." http://www.aclu.org/national-sec...
Obama killed a 16 year old US citizen without trial, The ACLU is sueing. Please add that to his list of acheivements, He has effectivly legalized the government to kill its citizens and pound the last nail into the coffin of all of your rights.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x...

Darwin's choice

Remember these?
THE OBAMA CHRONICLES:
“I promise 100% transparency in my administration.”.

“I promise NO NEW TAXES on a family making less than $250K a year.”.

“I will allow 5 days of public comment before I sign any bills.”.

“I will remove earmarks from PORK projects before I sign any bill.”.

“I will end Income Tax for seniors making less than $50K a year.”.

"I will bring ALL of our troops home within ONE year."

“I’ll put the Health Care negotiations on CSPAN so everyone can see who is at the table!”.

“I’ll have no lobbyists in my administration."

"I'll close Guantanamo."

"I'll resign if I don't cut the deficit in half by the end of four years."

"I'll unite the people of this great country."