September 7th, 2012
11:50 AM ET
2 years ago

Video: The importance of Michigan, Ohio

(CNN) – CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King at the magic wall breaks down the electoral votes of two key battleground states and explains why convention speakers touted the auto industry bailout.


Filed under: 2012 • Auto Bailout • John King • Michigan • Ohio
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  1. jaimie

    Romneyhood ............ Give to the Rich take from the poor

    September 7, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. jaimie

    Romney and Ryan ........... Laurel and Hardy of the 21st century

    September 7, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Living in Massachusetts, my vote for Romney is pretty much meaningless. For an Obama supporter in Oklahoma, his or her vote is just as meaningless. The only way for everyone's vote to carry the same weight is to abolish the electoral college system and elect the president strictly on popular vote. We're in the 21st century now.

    September 7, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Matt

    If you think Michigan is important, then putting Jenny on stage (especially hopped up on something) was not the way to do it. Most of us in Michigan realize Granholm was among the worst governors, not the best. An endorsement from her almost ensures Michigan will vote Romney.

    September 7, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Why would anybody in Ohio or Mich,vote for romney the tax cheat who told both states to shove it !!!!!! Your on your own and then cut your parents Medicare and six sec if under 55 years old ?????can you afford to pay to take care of your parents when the gop gives your parents worthless vouchers and tells them to get their own health insurance ???????

    September 7, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    "Let them go bankrupt" – the only four words that auto workers and tool & dye makers in MI & OH need to remember – penned by mittens and preserved for all of posterity.

    September 7, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    The gop and romney the tax cheat and lyin Ryan will lose in a landslide in Nov . Gop record job losses , dems job gains ,that's their record folks !!!!!

    September 7, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. bob_lawbla

    Fools read what they want to read and hear what they want to hear. Forums posts are perfect examples.

    In regards to eliminating the Electoral College, if your opinion is to get rid of it then you're uneducated and ill-informed.
    I don't want NY and CA deciding what's best for the entire country. The jags in those states can't manage their local business let alone the country.

    September 7, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Hay if you want yourrrrr job outsourced vote for romney the tax cheat gop and lyin Ryan !!!!!

    September 7, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    "In regards to eliminating the Electoral College, if your opinion is to get rid of it then you're uneducated and ill-informed.
    I don't want NY and CA deciding what's best for the entire country. The jags in those states can't manage their local business let alone the country."
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    Really? Between the 2 states, they supply 1/3 of the electoral votes needed to put a president in office. So whether you like it or not, the voters in those states carry undue weight with their votes.

    September 7, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Hammerer

    I have read alot about the auto bailout and all of the saved and all of the good for the unions, but not one word about the stock holders and bond holders that lost billions from their retirement funds, ect. Those are mostly working people that lost their retirement. The nonunion workers lost their pension funds and there is no mention either.
    Truth is the only ones that profited is unions and Obama cronies.
    Talk about Romney all you want but this government action is worse and taxpayers are left paying the tab,

    September 7, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. cory

    As far as i can tell, the polls do not take into account the significant percentage of people whose votes will be suppressed. There, standard polls give a misleading view of how the election will pan out. They need to calculate the cheating factor. Pollsters should only poll people who have photo IDs in the states that require them, otherwise we're not really getting the true picture that takes into account the nationwide GOP subterfuge of voter rights. Democrats actually need to clear the bar by a huge margin to overcome this sad perversion of the election process.

    September 7, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There are a lot of "IF" there in what John King said. It is going to take a lot of people to win, but it isn't impossible.

    September 7, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. John in Brooklyn

    Don't know why Michigan is even being discussed. It hasn't voted for a Republican since 1988. It is consistently as blue as Pennsylvania – which has the same track record. It's sad that John King has gone light on the Republican primary candidates...and now seems to be puffing up Romney's odds.

    September 7, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. bob_lawbla

    "Really? Between the 2 states, they supply 1/3 of the electoral votes needed to put a president in office. So whether you like it or not, the voters in those states carry undue weight with their votes."

    I want every presidential contender to include all of the states issues, not just the most populated. The current drive to have states pass legislation so all of their electorates vote for the popular vote winner is a problem waiting to happen and as usual with liberal ideas, will create a problem that was unforseen.

    September 7, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    Mitt is a Fraud. Tax cheat, Medicare fraud, immigration fraud. Obama12. Period.

    September 7, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Hawk in texas

    Romney steal from the poor and give to the rich. you people on here google the mormon faith and just what they have done . google the mountian meadows massacre. google how they stole property from the rightful orders. google how the united states had to send the army after them, google about the avenging angels that raped robbed and murdered in the name of the mormon church. how any working person could vote against their own intrest by voting for romney boggles the mind.

    September 7, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. g

    romney wanted michigan to crash and burn –now he wants to be their best friend

    September 7, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. The REAL Truth...

    @Fair is Fair – but abolishing the electoral college would mean that candidates like Mittens would never visit North Dakata or Wyoming. Oh wait... he hasn't been there anyway! FAIL !

    September 7, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Ancient Texan

    Malory Archer- They did go bankrupt ! JUst like Romney suggested..a managed, controlled bankruptcy. But that gave ownership to the Unions and the US government. The legal shareholders of GM stock now own worthless paper and GM still owes the Taxpayers $25 Billion they will never get.

    September 7, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Really? Between the 2 states, they supply 1/3 of the electoral votes needed to put a president in office. So whether you like it or not, the voters in those states carry undue weight with their votes."

    Your math is completely faulty. First, CA and NY have a total of approximately 60M residents. That's approximately a little less than 1/5 of the 300M+ people in the country...so let's call that 20% of the potential popular vote. The correct comparison is to take CA's 55 electoral votes, NY's 29 electoral votes, add them up to get 84 and then divide by THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POTENTIAL ELECTORAL VOTES (i.e., not just the 270 required to win, like you did, which would be analogous to dividing their total populations by whatever 51% of the population). There are 538 total potential electoral votes, so the electoral votes supplied by CA and NY are 85/538 = 15.6% of the potential electoral votes. In other words, having the electoral college in place actually dillutes the votes of CA and NY voters compared to other states and helps give less populous states a heavier weighted vote. Still working as intended....even in the 21st century.

    September 7, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    I really wish some PAC would just invent a brand new attack on Mittens...one that's never been used before...just so we can see how long it takes for him to begin playing "I know you are but what am I" with it.

    September 7, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |