Candidates spend weekend in debate prep mode
October 13th, 2012
01:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Candidates spend weekend in debate prep mode

(CNN) - With the next presidential debate just days away - on Tuesday - Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are taking some time this weekend to prepare.

Romney spent some of Saturday morning camped out at a hotel in Ohio, preparing with his strategy advisers. His campaign said he will be joined by Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who has been aiding Romney by playing Obama in their mock debate sessions.

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Reporters traveling with the candidate saw Romney walk into the hotel wearing a blue shirt and jeans.

He will hold two rallies in Ohio on Saturday afternoon.

Obama, meanwhile, will travel on Saturday to Williamsburg, Virginia - like Ohio, a battleground state - where he is expected to prepare for the debate.

He set up shop with his advisers at the Kingsmill Resort, which a campaign official described as a beautiful, quiet facility where Obama can still handle his governing responsibilities outside of the distractions of being at the White House.

Obama has gathered with the same ddebate preparations team which worked with him ahead of the October 3 presidential debate, with the addition of a foreign policy adviser, as this debate covers both domestic and foreign policy matters.

The candidates will meet Tuesday night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The town hall-style debate will be moderated by CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.

A CNN/ORC International poll of people who watched the first presidential debate, on October 3, said Romney won that face-off, 67% to 25%. The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. hilroy

    Better do a clean sweep for spies around you Mr. President and hold your cards close to your chest. Something went awefully wrong in your first debate. That was not you who love to love make your case.

    October 13, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. PTNY

    Obama...just keep picking away at that 47% and each and everything that was in it.
    That was the real Mitt Romney without a doubt. What a disgusting man he is.

    October 13, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Bobby Johnson

    Obama's bringing his Everlast gloves this time

    October 13, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Obama–you need to be tough, raise 47%., that idiot said 47% people are on entitlement programs, pay no income tax–while he paid 12.3% tax. Tell him to show ten years of taxes., raise Bain-capital, Massachuttes was 47/50 in job creation, Massachuttes was 2003–694 millions, 2004– 653 millions, 2005–1028 millions, 2006–257 millions in DEBT., hit these. Bain-capital talks to loot.

    October 13, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Get Bain capital...drive this guy to CHINA. He stashed money in Cayman islands, Bermuda, Swiss., debt was in Massachuttes 2003–694 millions, 2004–653 millions2005–1028 millions 06–257 millions

    October 13, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Jsmith

    I hope Barack is wary of the altitude this time ;)

    October 13, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. 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???

    Romney ,the soon to be four time straight loser for political office ,second term for gov of mass ,30% approval rating ,couldn't get realected. Mass senate canadate ,lost to Kennedy ,president ,lost to mcain in primarily ,2012 lost to Obama in three weeks . Romney ,self deport yourself and your goofball family and go to China where you have most of your investments!!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Anthony

    Obama needs to be willing to hurt Romney's feeling. Obama is facing a person who is running against debt, even though his tax cut plan will create more debt. When you are committed to specific tax cuts (20% cut across the board) but refuse to commit to specific spending cuts (no, public television and Planned Parenthood aren't enough), more debt is what you get. Against an opponent like this, you can't afford to be nice.

    Republicans, if you are unhappy about "runaway" spending under Obama, why don't you write a budget that cuts the "runaway" spending? Paul Ryan is the House Budget Chairman, he writes the actual budget that Congress votes on, and should know where the "runaway" spending is. Why does it take more than 30 years, if then, to balance the budget under Ryan's budget plan?

    October 13, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    Want to shut Willard up real fast? Just ask for SPECIFICS. Debate over.

    Go Mr. President!

    October 13, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Prince Harry is sacrificing his life in Afghan and he's doing a great job, Prince William also serves his country. The only way to get those five(5) Romney boys to serve in our military is to install a draft and they'll probably dodge it just like their father did during Vietnam. Enough said.

    October 13, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. doug

    During the VP debate, Joe Biden was a like a little poodle, nibbling on your ankles and won't stop barking.

    Obama needs to call Paul Ryan and thank him for not punting his ill-behaved little puppy. Joe probably made a little mess on the floor as well, old men who are deranged and filled with anger sometimes mess themselves when they get angry at missing the $4.95 buffet or when you are called on your lies and hate of this great nation.

    October 13, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Varian Huddleston

    "Folks, use your common sense. Who do you trust on this?" -Joe Biden-

    American citizen's "common sense" has been hijacked by a very dangerous and conniving machine. This machine uses FEAR MONGERING, Glenn Beck: Obama Is 'Sympathetic' To Terrorists' 'Cause'.". - It uses RACIEST RHETORIC, Elizabeth Russell: "Shariah Law will be implemented in America if Obama gets re-elected.". -- And it uses BIGOTED GOTCHA MOMENTS, Romney: “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.". These all form one caustic and malicious machine whose propose is to hijack the American people's good sense. How can I prove it? Here is my irrefutable truth. How can Romney, who spewed a total of 27 lies in the 38 minutes he spoke be declared the winner of that debate. How can Biden who fought against those same lies for us not be declared the victor?.....Because the American people's common sense has been hijacked by all these people here and elsewhere burning crosses on our front lawns, and it has got to stop.

    October 13, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Willis

    As Bishop Romney prepares to debate The Prez, He says to himself, Gosh Darn, I will do whatever it takes to uphold the WHITES ONLY Golden Rule in the Elders in my Cult. I love the fact that my Fake Racist Religion is so SEVERLY into BIGOTRY. God Bless the all White, Whiter, Whitest & Stupid Whites in the Salt Lake Higharcheary. Martin Luther King is not Smiling Down from Heaven on Romney & his Racist Cult !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. jinx88

    Obama better hold Mittens accountable like Biden did to Ryan. Hopefully Candy doesnt let Mittens walk over her like Mittens did to Jim Leuher.

    October 13, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. kyle

    Dear President Obama.

    I hope your practicing without a teleprompter. I know memorizing stuff is hard, but when you don't attend briefings, its the only way to prepare. Please tell uncle Joe that his dentures look really good.

    October 13, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Practice? Romney has been practicing lies and flip-flops for 6 years now. How can anyone debate a pathological liar like Mitt? People have seen thru him and are voting against him left and right.

    Except for the idiots that want a WHITE man.

    Obama/Biden 2012 -- because Ryan/Robme are such liars on every subject.

    October 13, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Willis

    I Head Tabby Nackle of Mass Bisop Romney Laugh at all you Silly Middle Class Peasants who have the nerve to ask fo my past Returns. Just caus I commited a Felony & said I live in Utah to the Irs while living In Mass to save a few Mill has nothing to do with my Character. What a true SEVERE American SLIMEBALL.

    October 13, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Gurgyl

    Koch brother is accused of imprisoning employee–GOP is bunch of RADICALS. Bain-capital too.,

    October 13, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. CBR

    No one is mentioning that he is staying at a hotel owned by the Portmans. Do you think he is getting a reduced rate?

    October 13, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  20. J.V.Hodgson

    If the reality is Romney won that debte 67% to 25% other than on appearances being allowed to speak longer than he should have and on statements especially on taxes that make my mathematical tax expert mind boggle = the definition of the impossible. also using debunked pants on fire 4 pinochios lines on welfare to work and the 716bn Medicare lines and assuming viewers are voters I am really worried about the future of America.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    October 14, 2012 02:50 am at 2:50 am |