Swing voters can still be won, Team Romney says
October 1st, 2012
11:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Swing voters can still be won, Team Romney says

Boston (CNN) - As Mitt Romney headed into another session of debate preparations in Boston, his advisers said the nominee still had time to convince swing voters to support him.

In the final five weeks of the election, Romney will seek to appeal to voters on a range of issues, including taxes and spending, job growth, small business growth, health care, energy and foreign policy.

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"As we move closer to Election Day, we believe the critical choice that is before voters is becoming more clear and more apparent," senior adviser Kevin Madden told reporters on a conference call. "We can't afford another four years like the last four years."

Campaign advisers have said they expect the race to be close fought until November, with Romney making a play in these final weeks for undecided voters and for those who have some level of support for Obama but might be persuaded to switch to Romney.

"I think the reason these voters are undecided is because they've watched President Obama for the four years and they haven't concluded that he's worthy of their support right now," Madden said, adding Romney's job was: "to lay out the important contrast, the important choice that these voters face on these issues that they care about."

The GOP presidential nominee will have another opportunity to break through to undecided voters when he faces off against President Obama Wednesday in the first of three highly-anticipated debates.

Romney spent time the past two days prepping for Wednesday night, and will practice more in Denver in the coming days.

He said he relishes the chance to confront the president head-on.

"I'm looking forward to the debates, I'll put it that way," Romney told reporters on his campaign plane Friday.

One topic he will be prepared to discuss is the covertly-filmed fund-raiser video, in which Romney told donors 47% of Americans were dependent on government and would not vote for him.

Senior adviser Ed Gillespie said Romney - who has since said publicly he would be a president for "the 100% - would be ready.

"We wouldn't be surprised obviously if that came up in the debate, and the governor is prepared obviously to respond to that," Gillespie.


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  1. Four and The Door

    Al-NY,NY
    Bayley0402

    Four and the door. Romney intelligent?
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    ..and he's caring, articulate, and steadfast in his beliefs too......................HAHHAHAHAHA
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    He is. And even more important is he is fully capable of solving the serious national economic problems that have baffled Obama for 3 1/2 years. Regardless of what you have been taught, this is the most important part of the job, the thing that actually helps the middle class. We need jobs, not another extension of unemployment or increase in the food stamp budget.

    October 1, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Romney has had over 5 years to come up with a viable reason as to why he should be president, and he cannot. Simply using a career that was spent lining your own poskets, and dabbling with governing a state for 4 years is not a reason to vote for him. He has never been able to articulate a plan beyond catch phrases, and always acts incredulous when asked for specifics. What programs and departments would he target for elimination, and why? He's had time to develop plans, none of which he ahs felt compfortable giving details on-why? Simply put, he has to keep re-assuring a nervous party base that he won't abandon them, and neglecting to persuade independent voters. No amount of whining about over-sampling of Democrats in polls can disguise the fact that he's blown it. Wrong man, wrong place, wrong time, wrong ideas. The management of his campaign should leave anyone with a brain stem questionsing his ability to run the country. This is not the same dynamic as Bain, and he can't admit it.

    October 1, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. TheTruth06

    Let's be real. There aren't many swing voters left that don't already know who they are voting for. IF you dont' know by now, you have been sitting under a rock. Try something else my friend. You may be a good guy but won't be the US President.

    October 1, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Team Romney ?

    Five sons all avoided voluntary military service .

    Sure yo can.

    October 1, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    The Real Tom Paine
    Romney has had over 5 years to come up with a viable reason as to why he should be president, and he cannot.
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    There are plenty of good clear reasons why America needs Mitt Romney as President now. For starters, the 12 million new jobs that will result from his economic recovery plan. The path America is on is not economic recovery. It is better described as descent into despair. This idea of using even more new government debt ( as if the existing $16 trillion is not enough ) to buy the economy back to life is a proven dud. Proven by no other than Obama himself.

    October 1, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. just askin

    >Romney Said Let Them Eat Cake
    >I am a swing voter. I sit in my porch swing calling President Obama supporters reminding them to vote early.

    just curious... are you calling them on your and their free government provided cell phone?

    October 1, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    Four and The Door

    Al-NY,NY
    Bayley0402

    Four and the door. Romney intelligent?
    ---
    ..and he's caring, articulate, and steadfast in his beliefs too......................HAHHAHAHAHA
    ____________________________________________________________________________________
    He is. And even more important is he is fully capable of solving the serious national economic problems that have baffled Obama for 3 1/2 years. Regardless of what you have been taught, this is the most important part of the job, the thing that actually helps the middle class. We need jobs, not another extension of unemployment or increase in the food stamp budget.
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    I will give you fair warning...if you mention 1. deregulation will create jobs 2. cut taxes (that favor the rich) and they will trickle down and in turn create jobs......you have NO CREDIBILITY whatsoever. Even conservative groups have debunked these fallacies that the righties continue to try to enact

    You are right about a few things....Flip does care...about his bottom line. He's also articulate..in stating his beliefs that alenate half the country as moochers and layabouts....He is steadfast in his beliefs....that he can change them whenever the wind blows

    October 1, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -Four and The Door

    Al-NY,NY
    Bayley0402

    Four and the door. Romney intelligent?
    ---
    ..and he's caring, articulate, and steadfast in his beliefs too......................HAHHAHAHAHA
    ____________________________________________________________________________________
    He is. And even more important is he is fully capable of solving the serious national economic problems that have baffled Obama for 3 1/2 years. Regardless of what you have been taught, this is the most important part of the job, the thing that actually helps the middle class. We need jobs, not another extension of unemployment or increase in the food stamp budget.
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    How? How will he do it? Exactly what will he do? He's had more than enough time to explain how. He spends more time at fundraisers and rallies in safe states than he does speaking to regular people. He picks safe venues rather than wading into unfamilair territory. I remember how uncomfortable he was in the primaries in Alabama, Missouri and other states when running against Santorum and Gingrich: the areas he did best in are the states where Obama will win. He has no strategy, no plan, his management of his campaign has been a joke: for a man who claims he like to fire epople, he seems very reluctant to change his strategy when its costing him dearly. A few weeks of furious campaining will not make up for months of strategic errors, and a huge miscalculation on the mood of the country.

    October 1, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Mike

    Each day that goes by shows Romney as nothing more than a walking joke. He has the money and a president that is ripe for the picking and yet he continues to lag behind in the polls. The media is not to blame. Mitt has done this all by himself. He he continue to not be specific as to exactly how he would handle the economy and outline a specific foreign ploicy he will lose. The only person he can blame is the person he sees when he looks in the mirror.

    October 1, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Name Rod

    All Mitt wants to do is become President so his policies can creat generational wealth for he and his rich buddies. Besides from that its an ego trip for the man that has everything except the center stage. He might be shocked to learn that as President he will actually have to believe something besides hiding money in the caymans and excessive loop holes to avoid paying the same tax rate as his yard boy.

    October 1, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Newt's Moon land deal on the Dark Side

    Ann Romney worries about Mitt's mental stability. Wow. I'm not a swing voter. If I was, this comment by Ann would have made up my mind pronto. Thanks, Ann for confirming for me that my vote for the President is the correct vote. Good grief!

    October 1, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Jack

    Team Romney still out there putting out those lounge chairs on the decks of the MITTanic.

    October 1, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. John

    Swing voters – Romney is ahead in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Romney is pulling the swing voters in California his way and the Democrats don’t even see it.

    October 1, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Mark

    Four, if you believe that Romney has been clear about outlining his policies then you must be the king of Fantasia. His biggest problem is he has NEVER clearly stated what he will do. How many times to we have to listen to the same non-answer: "Well, I will have to look at that before I can state what we will do". This won't win him the election. Four, you've been listening to the likes of Rush and cannot think for yourself.

    October 1, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Max

    Loser

    Romney is certainly a loser...who's still losing more of the little support he has. This is what happened when he was governor of Massachusetts. He took away from the 'losers' who still lost more of the little they had by virtue of his taxing policies.

    These losers included the lower and middle class, in addition to small business owners.

    NOW Romney's feeling just a little of the pain and hardship he unleashed on the less fortunate when he was governor.

    Loser? Certainly he is...

    October 1, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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