Good morning from Virginia Beach
September 8th, 2012
09:37 AM ET
6 years ago

Good morning from Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia (CNN) - We rolled up to the Military Aviation Museum early this morning to set up shop.

Mitt Romney holds a rally here early Saturday afternoon.

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The Republican presidential nominee went up Friday with three new TV commercials in this important battleground state, including one on defense cuts and jobs running here in the Norfolk market, a hub for the military and the defense industry.

Since the start of the general election in early April, the Romney campaign and the independent groups that are backing his bid for the White House have spent around $11.3 million to run spots on broadcast TV in Virginia, with the campaign of President Barack Obama and independent groups supporting his re-election have dished out around $11.5 million. Those figures come from Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ad spending.

Obama won Virginia four years ago, becoming the first Democrat to carry the state since 1964. He's made seven swings through Virginia since the start of the general election. This is Romney's seventh trip to Virginia.

The most recent polls indicate that the race for Virginia's 13 electoral votes remains very close.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Virginia
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. T'sah From Virginia

    Virginian's minds are made up – Obama will carry this state again – We're tired of the ADS because they are all MISLEADING and full of LIES... I have not seen ONE ad run by Kaine nor Macaca (Allen) – Actually, I did see one POSITIVE ad by Kaine. Macaca is betting on the negative ads her coming from the PACs and Romney that is slaughtering Kaine – However, Kaine is BEATING Allen.

    So RobMe, take your bus and go elsewhere – Virginia is NOT for SALE!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – Kaine 2012 – Powell (to beat CAN'Tor) 2012 – The ONLY Trusted Way Forward!!!

    September 8, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    OBAMA12. Period.

    September 8, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Desmond, a Canadian


    September 8, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Namepeggyengland

    The mittster and wife both are in your face NO MORE YAX RELEASES

    September 8, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Ya know, about now I could care less where Romney travels. I would point out that those conversations he had with himself over what topics needed to be discussed during the public airing of his laundry (convention speech) ... in which he covered a few topics besides himself ... yet neglected to acknowledge, let alone thank, our troops, ought to send shivers down the spine of each and every active and non active member of the United States Armed Forces.

    That the majority will support and vote for this man to become their next Commander in Chief boggles the mind.

    September 8, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    Why is the guy who ran away to France instead of going to Vietnam showing up at military installations/military towns? Oh yeah. That's right. He doesn't want you to know that he ran away to France instead of going to Vietnam. BUT, hey, he'll surely go to war with Iran or whoever. Oops. I slipped up. He'll gladly send your sons/daughters to war. I wonder if any of his able-bodied FIVE sons will join the effort?? LOL You already know that answer...

    September 8, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Reggie from LA

    Everybody whines because Obama is credited with the decision to take out Bin Ladin. Then a draft dodger (that'd be Romney) shows up occasionally in front of a military-themed backdrop and everyone swoons. A lot of young Mormon men ride around on bikes in the hot sun and cold with doors slam in their faces while doing missionary service. Romney was doing his “missionary" service in Paris when his country needed him to serve in uniform. With all that money, it was missionary and a few others I’d bet. Even as Commander in Chief, President Obama is humbled by people who serve(d) and no, he did not. Not everybody does. It has been a choice since Viet Nam Romney REFUSED, but acts as if he's one of them. Now he's willing to flex military might from the White House? Come November, what will YOU stand for? Oh, I know, "Anybody, just not Obama".

    September 8, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. ST

    Are those Ads not wastage of money? What is new people are not aware of OR what will make people change their minds by now? Anyone who was tuned on during the two conventions has learnt a lot!

    September 8, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Why is it that draft dodgers are the most militant when someone else will do the dying? I guess because Mitt the Twit and his sons have magical underware that they feel they do not have to serve in the military. I guess they think it is someone else should die to preserve the rights they enjoy. Do you think Mitt's magical underware qualify him to serve as President of the United States. I don't!

    September 8, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Romney lies, people die.

    September 8, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. carlos

    willard the guy with an affinity to rats and who lived in a big mansion, that's the movie.....not much different from the other willard.......there is actually a difference, the other willard did not lie to his rats

    and where are the TAX RETURNS, TAX RETURNS.?????

    September 8, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    At this point I am more concerned that Mitt Romney WILL take us into another war in an effort to try and "jump start" the economy...more than I am concerned about the actual state of our current economy, which is improving.

    His ideals are just that ancient: War produces jobs.

    September 8, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Joe

    Yeah, alexithymic Mitt--run over fast and show up at that MILITARY AVIATION MUSEUM to damage control it that you didn't honor the men and women in Afganistan during your Convention Flop.

    September 8, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    No trust for R/R. They will lie to get in and then they will flip - or flop - or - whichever suits them.

    September 8, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    The fix is in in Pennsylvania - one of their officials said Romney wins after the voter suppression takes place.

    September 8, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Michael

    I don't care about the celebrities that showed up. What I did notice, that was far more important, was the difference in the diversity of the audience attending the DNC as opposed to the RNC. White, Black, Hispanic, Gay, Straight, Hindu, Muslim, Male, Female, Old and Young, were all at the DNC cheering Obama on ..... While at the RNC, attendees were throwing peanuts at an African American Camera Operator (Mind you, from CNN) stating "This is how we feed the animals" ... Ryan's speech was filled with so many twists and lies that even Faux (I mean Fox) News called him on it ... I believe in Obama ... Romney and Ryan scare me to pieces ... If Romney/Ryan were to win, there will be NO MORE Middle Class left ... There will only be Rich and Poor ..

    September 8, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Ayn Rand(author of 'Selfishness is a Virtue') was an atheist, so doesn't that make her disciple, Lyin' Ryan, "ANTI-CHRIST"?

    Myth should know that Gallup has a 10 difference between President O's approval/disapproval rate, is now at 52%.

    And in the presidential President O is now 49 to mitten's 45.

    CNBC has the S&P 500 up 68% since the President took office, just the highest growth rate for ANY President in recen memory.

    Oh, wwwhhhhaaaaa!

    September 8, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. w l jones

    When I here the word Virginia only can think of one of my favorite Sen.Mr. byrd. Mr. Virgina. Bless

    September 8, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. 1608

    Nov.6 is like Dec. 25 it's here

    September 8, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Bill from GA

    That thing on to p of the bus looks like it could give Boehner a suntan from 50 yards way.

    September 8, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    There's the gop atkins lyin Ryan clown bus in drag .

    September 8, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Elizabeth

    So now he cares about the troops.

    September 8, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |