A glimpse into the campaign life of Mitt Romney
October 12th, 2012
11:58 AM ET
2 years ago

A glimpse into the campaign life of Mitt Romney

Louisville, Kentucky (CNN) - Mitt Romney doesn't have a lot of free time.

That's certainly no surprise as the 2012 race heads into its final stretch, but a copy of Romney's internal campaign schedule obtained by CNN offers a small glimpse into how tightly-managed the Republican's long days on the campaign trail have become.

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The private schedule, provided to CNN by a source, outlines Romney's Oct. 10 tour of Ohio with minute-to-minute precision, from his 9 a.m. hotel departure in Akron to his 8:50 p.m. arrival at a Courtyard by Marriott in Dayton.

For an hour-long ride on his campaign bus between campaign events in Mount Vernon in Delaware, the schedule notes that "WMR will eat lunch and participate in calls during this drive."

That's "WMR" as in "Willard Mitt Romney."

Between 2:05 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. later that afternoon, staff reserved time for Romney to call his running mate Paul Ryan on the eve of his debate against Vice President Joe Biden.

"WMR will call PDR," the schedule notes.

Usually, these schedules are privy only to Romney advisers and campaign surrogates who join up with the Republican nominee on the road – in Wednesday's case, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

The schedule reveals little in terms of news.

But it does offer a window into the grueling routine of a modern-day presidential candidate - and the detailed planning that goes into coordinating a single day on the campaign trail for Romney, his advance team, top allies, state-level aides and a retinue of top advisers.

Read Romney's internal campaign schedule, with phone numbers redacted, here.


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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Mirin Nelson

    I would love to see President Obama's schedule too.

    October 12, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. GurgylW

    This Bain-Capital guy is a total idiot. Tax cheat.

    October 12, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    WILLARD will have all the free time he needs come November 7, 2012. He and Ann can exit public life and hibernate with their Swiss fortune on the Cayman Islands.

    October 12, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. GurgylW

    Why not Mitt show his ten years of taxes?????????? Cheat???????

    October 12, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. luke,az

    The issue is about trust. No way do I trust a rich guy to look after my interests, but to only enrich himself and others like him. I DO NOT TRUST GOV ROMNEY. He and Ryan are lying and flip-flopping as fast as they can at this point. By the way, show us a total of 10 years of tax returns, what are you hiding Gov Romney ?

    October 12, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. No Tax Return No Vote

    Romney: Oh my I did not know I had to actually rub shoulders with these people. I thought all I had to do is attend private fundraisers with people like me. This is too much like work which I always have my staff do.

    October 12, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. kylefromohio

    you can plan a great picnic, but you can not predict the weather

    October 12, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Travis

    @ GurgylW
    "Why not Mitt show his ten years of taxes??????????"

    Because it is not a requirement for anyone to do so when running for President of the United States.

    October 12, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Martha in CF

    Big deal!!!!!! He should take some time to show us the taxes he didn't pay!!!!!

    October 12, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Borderless

    A glimpse into Obama's campaign would show him selling federal grants for campaign donations.

    October 12, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. 2020

    Nelson, president's schedule enlisted everyday on Chuck Todd show at msnbc. it is public information.

    romney- he hides in casino chum out cash.

    October 12, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. M-W-T

    Mitt Romney is the .....WORST REPUBLICAN ON THE PLANET OF POTUS....
    We Don't TRUST him.......We Will NOT VOTE for Mitt Romney
    Actually......The more we learn about him......The MORE we really don't even like him

    October 12, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Jim

    Mitt Romney I really don't think he's going to help the poor and middle class. He's only for the rich and priviledge.

    October 12, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    We already got a glimpses of the romney campaign with the 47% comment ,that's all I need to know !!!!!

    October 12, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Corey

    Mirin, the only thing on Obama's schedule today is that he's having dinner with some fool that gave a few bucks to his campaign.

    October 12, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Diane

    What time did he go to the little men's room?

    October 12, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. carlos

    the people at the FIU campus where his son is campaigning should ask him why hasn't he and his creep brothers served in the military, and NO LYING, please. we know about the father, but that's another story telling

    October 12, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. California Gary

    He might want to set aside some time to view some actual news, or read a newspaper.....by his statements, he seems woefully uninformed.

    October 12, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    Not to worry mittens. It'll all be over but your cryin' in another 25 days. You can then return to one of your many homes and have all the free time in the world to ride your car elevators and dance with queen ann's horsey.

    October 12, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Uh – I think Obama is a full-time President and a part-time campaigner, unlike Mitt.

    Mitt, who hasn't worked the last 6 years, poor thing, Mitt now has to do a little walking around yelling lies at us 4 or 5 hours a day, 3 or 4 days a week. Bless his little bitty cold heart.

    October 12, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    I've already voted and now spend my days taking elderly or partially disabled to the polls to vote ===

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 12, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. judy

    This lying tax dodger should just stay home. Tired of all their lies and miss steps. They will have us into another war if they get their way. Vote all repos out.

    October 12, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. simp

    CNN you really are a piece of work, who in the hell cares about this lying idtiot's schedule. BTW you need to screen the people you have on undecided panel a little better. One lady call the VP of the United States a bufoon, she was totally disrespectful and should not be giving her nasty comments like that.

    October 12, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Biden Buffoon Brigade

    Obama needs to release all transcripts from college-he applied to schools fraudulently as a foreigner.
    This is illegal-fraud-as is his campaigns illeagal fundraising from overseas donors

    October 12, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. cm

    You and raggedy ann will have plenty of rest,starting on Nov.7th.
    See ya!

    October 12, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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