Romney campaign uses Obama kickoff rally to beef up ground game
May 5th, 2012
12:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign uses Obama kickoff rally to beef up ground game

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is hoping to leverage President Barack Obama's kickoff rally at The Ohio State University.

A Romney campaign bus was parked across the street from the Schottenstein Center, where Obama Saturday was holding his first official campaign rally of his re-election bid. Outside and inside the bus, around 35 Romney campaign volunteers and college students were holding a mobile call center.

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"We view college students as representing really what's going to the backbone of our organization here in Ohio. There's a lot of college enthusiasm and advocacy on behalf of Gov. Romney's campaign. These college students today are reaching out to undecided voters and swing voters who we've targeted, that we've identified through our data base going back through several past elections. Folks who we know are inclined to support Gov. Romney," said Chris Maloney, communications director for Romney's operation in Ohio.

Maloney told CNN that the Romney campaign has had mobile call centers going on throughout the Buckeye State the past six weeks. By his count, some 10,000 calls have been made.

"We're very please today to be joined at Ohio State University, just a stone's throw away from where the president will be speaking, with college students who have come in from across the state to make phone calls, knock on doors, mobilize and get our message out," added Maloney. "We're here on the ground building up our organization, getting the campaign wrapped up so we can maintain a really aggressive approach to our grassroots outreach over the next six months."

Ohio has become a crucial battleground state in recent presidential elections. The Buckeye State put President George W. Bush over the top in his 2004 re-election. Four years ago, Obama won Ohio by five points over Sen. John McCain of Arizona (52%-47%).

The most recent public opinion poll in Ohio, released earlier this week by Quinnipiac University, indicated the race all tied up between Obama and Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee. According to the survey, 44% of registered voters supported Obama, with 42% backing Romney. The president's two point margin was well with in the poll's sampling error.


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  1. Peter

    Carter and Hoover were businessmen, too.

    Running the country is very, VERY different than running a business.

    May 6, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. djwazu

    The problem with the GOP is it's always a gimmick.. Everything is spin.. The problem for them is in the past their game worked. Now, with the internet and social media, they are scrambling to figure out how to come up with new Gimmicks that will work.. So pathetic and un-american.. 

    May 6, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "You silly sheep running around listening to a President who promised you things 3 years ago and has delivered maybe 10% of it......why don't you open your minds and quit blaming others besides him????"

    Because (a) the vast majority of our problems were created by the GOBP cult and (b) because the GOBP cult refuses to admit its mistakes and pitch in to help clean up the mess it made.

    May 6, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Anonymous

    "One has to ask. Who the heck is Mr. Romney's campaign advisor? Is anyone on his team aware how pathetic this looks?"

    They do. Apparently they also think it's a winning strategy that Mr. Romney be made to look as childish as possible because they've been doing THAT for months now too.

    I would guesss that these decisions are Romney's alone. No one who wants to further their future political career would be trying these antics of their own accord. Romney is out of the picture when he loses in November. He knows that. It's all just a game to him anyway. His lack of vision proves he has no real ambition to become president. This adds to that prove.

    May 6, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "There is already a thief running around and he is the president. Is your pension fund making money right now? What about your savings account? That is of course if you have any money left to have in a savings account because you are out of work and have been for awhile. "Hide your job and your pension fund"...OMG, how can you hide what Obama has taken away?"

    And here we see another mentally-deficient radical rightwinger who either knows nothing of our recent history or has chosen to pretend it didn't happen. FACT: Retirement accounts were decimated by the GOBP cult's policies and resulting crash. The Dow is now back on track. President Obama has "taken away" nothing.

    May 6, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    Wasn't this from last Thursday's Parks and Rec episode? Maybe Rmoney can pull up for uninvited for some serviceman's funeral service. Stop stealing your campaign ideas from NBC, Flipper!

    May 6, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    We should thank Rmoney for providing a textbook example of what "campaigning from behind" looks like.

    May 6, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Anonymous

    prove should have been proof in my previous comment "this adds to that proof" [ that Mitt Romney has no ambition ].

    May 6, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Ann

    Dems, bring Hillary instead of Obama, and you might win. Otherwise, admit you have been stupid 4 years ago, and don't bash now the other candidates. People are looking for an alternative to fix your stupidity. Respect others' rights to do it.

    May 6, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Indy

    I have not seen that many lies printed on a bus since John McCain tried to fool the voters with his "Country First" tour of lies and hate

    May 6, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Jeetu

    What a cheap trick on the part of Romney? It ia proof that he cannot think on his own to communicate what he will do to fix the economy or to lead USA, now he wishes to camp outside of Obama's functions. It is also a proof that he himself is convinced that Obama is better candidate.

    Make sure that Romney does not get the WH in Novmeber and republicans don't get the House or the Senate.

    May 6, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Anonymous

    "Dems, bring Hillary instead of Obama, and you might win. Otherwise, admit you have been stupid 4 years ago, and don't bash now the other candidates. People are looking for an alternative to fix your stupidity. Respect others' rights to do it."

    You and "hoax and chain" Sue ought to get together and the both of you can discuss "respecting others' rights", including a women's right to be a woman capable of making her own personal decisions and not just a campaign slogan. For the past two years, the GOP has done everything in it's power to diminish women's rights, both federally AND statewide. The only stupidity here is someone who posts as a female who in all likelihood isn't one.

    May 6, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. GI Joe

    Follow the leader - Mitt style.

    May 6, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Reggie from LA

    That bus marquis is spot on.
    He IS the Leader of the Conservative Businessman.
    ...but also Enemy of the Middle Class and Scourge of the Underclass.

    May 6, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Thomas

    @Anonymous
    "Dems, bring Hillary instead of Obama, and you might win. Otherwise, admit you have been stupid 4 years ago, and don't bash now the other candidates. People are looking for an alternative to fix your stupidity. Respect others' rights to do it."

    You and "hoax and chain" Sue ought to get together and the both of you can discuss "respecting others' rights", including a women's right to be a woman capable of making her own personal decisions and not just a campaign slogan. For the past two years, the GOP has done everything in it's power to diminish women's rights, both federally AND statewide. The only stupidity here is someone who posts as a female who in all likelihood isn't one.

    Thank you for your post !

    Romney's bus parking job has the stench of the Karl Rove driving school .

    Romney / Bush
    fool me once, shame on...shame on you. Fool me...you can't get fooled again. ?

    May 6, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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