Romney, Obama in general election mode as 5 states hold primaries
April 24th, 2012
03:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney, Obama in general election mode as 5 states hold primaries

(CNN) – On the biggest day of Republican primary voting since last month's Super Tuesday, the certain GOPpresidential nominee and the incumbent president he hopes to unseat both appeared to be in full general election mode.

Mitt Romney planned a speech Tuesday night in New Hampshire that his campaign said would signal the virtual conclusion of the GOP primary campaign, while President Barack Obama emphasized the themes of equal opportunity and Republican intransigence in courting the youth vote in speeches on college campuses.

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  1. Edward

    I think that attacking Romney as a "severe conservative" is a mistake because it sounds like political rhetoric whereas calling him what he is, an opportunist that will say anything to win, is more potent because it gets to the core of his character. If swing voters don't feel they can trust Romney they will not vote for him. If the Obama campaign calls Romney a severe conservative then the easiest way to nullify such an attack is to call Obama a severe liberal, that puts them on even moral ground, which is bad. People will vote for someone they're unsure of rather than someone they are unsure of, Bush proved that. Who knows, in this climate people might want a severe conservative. The untrustworthy line of attack is most resonant above all because it's true and doesn't come off as political as the severe conservative charge. Letting voters know that Romney is an opportunist is too good a line of attack to pass up because it's an attack that Romney cannot deny. I hope the Obama campaign realizes that in a match vs a severe conservative and a severe liberal the conservative wins by default

    April 24, 2012 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    After flip flopping on his position on college loans yesterday, he has wrapped up the vote of the college students who watch Fox foreign owned media.

    April 24, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  3. GI Joe

    I predict low turn-out. NOBODY likes the fake man. I know I don't trust him two feet. And his wife's snarled up nose makes me wonder what family royalty she comes from. NO.

    April 24, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  4. SUBS 4 VOTES

    I suspect there will be low voter turn out since Willard is the presumptive nominee. I have no idea why Ron Paul is still in the race. I still don't think Willard can reach the amount of delgates needed to seal the nomination. People just don;t like him. He's not a likeable guy.

    April 24, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  5. Mario

    ROMNEY is VERY STRANGE the more we know about him the more I get scared. His religion, his family history. WOW he might be married to his cousin. Republican you CAN NOT WIN with him.

    April 24, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  6. Marie MD

    At leastnhe has the money to buy all the cement it's going to take. Then again whatever he doesn't use his mansion contractor in CA can use.

    April 24, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    and this is supposed to be relevant? He's already got it so if he really plays it up, he's more lost than we thought

    April 24, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I love watching Mitt Romney on the campaign stump on a stage with people surrounding him. His demeanor reminds of a famous fictional character with a gold exoskeleton, stiff arms, stiff neck, and a stiff back.

    April 24, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Larry L

    His crowds show fairly small, unenthusiastic groups of white people. That sums it up.

    April 24, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    So, when will he be starting his "I'm really NOT a conservative at all ... I'm a liberal" etch a sketch campaign? Guy spent the past year doing his best to convince us he was a far right GOPer/TeaPer (worn out jeans and all). He's got less than 6 months to backtrack all of his past positions and convince us everything he has said "on record" was really only silly ..."it's not who I really am"... FOX News double talk. Too funny.

    April 24, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |