Campaign in full swing as 4 candidates hit the trail
August 13th, 2012
04:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Campaign in full swing as 4 candidates hit the trail

(CNN) – The 2012 presidential campaign returned its focus to Iowa on Monday as President Barack Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan, the newly minted GOP vice presidential candidate, stumped in the electoral battleground.

Elsewhere, Mitt Romney continued his campaign bus tour at events in Florida and Vice President Joe Biden was slated to rally in North Carolina, making Monday the first day all four candidates vying for president and vice president hit the trail.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For 50 years, republicans have been trying to eliminate social security and medicare. Finally they have a dream team that will become a nightmare, if they deliver what they promise. Republicans have been on the wrong side of every important piece of legislation that will help Americans.

    August 13, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. cali girl

    Why is Ryan not with Robmey in Florida? Maybe they thought the heckling would be worse in Florida.

    August 13, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens really dropped the ball when he overlooked Ted "Crappy Pants" Nugent as his running mate. Compared to Ted, Paul Ryan is just a sissy.

    August 13, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    hey Mitt I see gas prices are going up again so of course that's Obama's fault. Be sure to hit him on the campaign trail about that because you know your supporters will believe it

    August 13, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    The choice is clear as long as we keep reality clear in our minds and the reality is that the rhetoric doesn't ever matter as the politicians’ actions will be totally consistent with satisfying the interests of their supporters who demand no less ... and the more support that is given, the more mega-millions that is poured into that support, the more tightly are the strings tied to that support. The abundant and slanted rhetoric offered about the issues is the necessary subterfuge aimed to rationalize, with deception and creative logic, in oder to seem authentic ... but the consistent reality is that the politicians literally have to be focused on satisfying their strong supporters. It is totally obvious when putting the subterfuge aside and considering what is at the heart of their actions, seeing the reality of who always benefits.

    The Republican / Tea Party is owned and controlled by "the money" and over the last twelve years we have clearly seen their "puppet" performances in both the protection of "the money's" interests and their stubborn blocking and arrogant faulting of Obama's and the Democrats' efforts – literally they just have no choice and we should expect nothing else. The Democrats while receiving a few sizable contributions are largely dependent on the people for their support and power, which dictates they have to focus on the people's interests ... with the problem there being "all of the people's interests", with it then being hard to satisfy everyone, thus leaving opportunities for many to be conned and manipulated with appeals to biases, prejudices, fears, emotions and loyalties. In the final analysis, it should be remembered that the Republicans have no choice, no matter how they disguise it, but to cater to the 1% and that just leaves no room for ever satisfying the 99%. The rest is simply BS.

    August 13, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. cali girl

    Once upon a horse, he he he. Tell Robmey to add that the bay area had a huge fire at the Chevron Refinery. They will quickly say that President Obama started the fire.
    Then add that ethanol is added to gasoline and comes from corn. That will cause the gas price to go up because President Obama caused the drought..

    August 13, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Amused

    This is gonna be an entertaining campaign season, that's all I can say. The President is busy playing chess, while Romney's playing checkers.

    August 13, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    @amused "The President is busy playing chess, while Romney's playing checkers."

    What if I am tired of being "played" at all? I am a liberal voting liberal – Green Party.

    August 13, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "@amused "The President is busy playing chess, while Romney's playing checkers."

    What if I am tired of being "played" at all? I am a liberal voting liberal – Green Party."

    The GOP/Teatrolls thank you for your support.

    August 13, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. truth hurts

    >Republicans have been on the wrong side of every important piece of legislation that will help Americans.

    democrats have on the side of every piece of legislation that is bankrupting our country. they don't do math well at all. the union run liberal public school systems have failed the country.

    August 13, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Name

    Keep on cleaning gop mess. Do not listen to them. Everyone knows that gop can make the mess and dem clean it up. You're doing a good job and the American know it. You need more times to finish gop mess. America vote for you. Barack Obama for another terms. Emmet

    August 13, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. jane

    Everybody know Romney picked Ryan because he felt the heat of his tax returns....I still want to see Romney's tax returns....I think he inadvertly invested in a terrorist organizations.....hiding something for sure

    August 13, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    be nice is Ryan and the Romney campaign would come visit some places like the inner city or Latino communities and tell what their vision is for the country. I somehow think that might not happen though....they don't want votes from those people anyway.

    August 13, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ryan's not in Florida because he can't sell his "Ryan Budget Plan" aka Holocaust because some of the most vunerable citizens that he's attacking are in Florida and Ryan has promised he won't stop his attack until he ends their Social Security also.

    August 13, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. T'sah From Virginia

    ►truth hurts
    >Republicans have been on the wrong side of every important piece of legislation that will help Americans.

    democrats have on the side of every piece of legislation that is bankrupting our country. they don't do math well at all. the union run liberal public school systems have failed the country.◄

    Republicans started two wars, gave tax breaks to the rich, started a medicare program and NONE of it was paid for – That is what's bankrupting us and it is President Obama getting us out of it!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    August 13, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    That smirk on the blue-eyed devil's face makes me want to slap the crap out of him. He needs some real-life education - not paid for by his father's social security (sucked on that teet a long time).

    August 13, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. dctrm

    We know so much about Paul Ryan in three days, but Romney is still such a mystery. For example, I'd love to hear where he went for his mandatory two-year mission assignment with the LDS church and how it shaped his character and policies. Or could it be that his father gave so much money to the church he got an exemption, and that's why we don't hear anything about it?

    August 13, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice if there were no need for spending money on commercials as well.

    August 13, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. Dallas

    There is only one. Choice – for all our sakes President Obama must be re-elected. If he's not, a return to the 19th century is a foregone conclusion. If Romney/Ryan are elected, women's rights will disappear, gays will be back in the closet and minorities of all races will cease to have any voice at all.

    August 13, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |