Post-debate spike draws Romney even with Obama
October 15th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Post-debate spike draws Romney even with Obama

Washington (CNN) - Maybe Mitt Romney's campaign team isn't so bad after all.

After months of criticism, much of it from fellow Republicans, the machine managing Romney's presidential bid has him gaining support in the final weeks of the race.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Presidential Debates
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  1. Bob

    Considering Crowley saying today she will IGNORE the rules for the debate and ask attack questions, the Romney campaign should demand a new moderator. It is clear she will be in the tank for the president.

    October 15, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Maybe Mitt Romney's campaign team isn't so bad after all.

    That would be a matter of opinion.

    October 15, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. jeansees

    Romney/Ryan will LOOSE!!!! Americans eyes will be opened to the falsehoods that were told to them during the first debate. It will be told of chinese taking american jobs through Romney's major ownedshares Bain corporation!!! About his Oil supporters Koch brothers... his support for the RICH not the 47% who need help!! His plan to pay and supply weapons to rebels in Syria to promote MORE WAR!!!!! There will NOT be no 12 million jobs as he claims... Energy plan Obama is already working on economists said this would happen with the development of OBAMA's PLAN... Romney is trying to steal the good our President has done and take credit.. He is a typical POMPOUS bhind corporate boss who takes credit for others accomplishments and blame others when things go wrong. He has not plan no details of how he will pay for his so called TAX plan, Increase to Budget of Defense,and to pay down deficit!!! He gives us no PROOF of his greatness as a corporate success... he HIDES his tax returns... dont want us to see his audit and deal he had with IRS and his swiss bank accounts and his investments in CHINA,Cayman Islands and such!!
    He and GOP will and want to get rid of Medicare, SS,,Medicaid.... the poor,veterans,elderly,disabled can just go take care of themselves!!!!
    Vote OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    SAVE MEDICARE,SS,Veterans,Seniors, MIDDLE CLASS,Handicapped,Save our Childrens Educations!!!!!!

    October 15, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Canuck

    Romney was a supporter of the Vietnam war in his youth – there are videos of him protesting anti-war demonstrators – and yet he refused to join in the fight himself. Personally that's all I really need to know about Mitt Romney's character- he never should be Commander-in-Chief for this reason.

    October 15, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Anthony

    All Romney's campaign money apparently goes into debate preparation. The rest of his campaign is still horrible. Obama still leads in Ohio, and the gender gap still favors Obama. Once Obama hits back in tomorrow's debate, Romney is history.

    October 15, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. gt

    the biggest thing that help romney is that america saw a man who was not a right wing nut , just a smart leader who is wants to work with both sides to get america growing again...he is not the devil like some want you to think...

    October 15, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Mikey

    So, I guess if you look confident and agressive, it doesn't matter that what is coming out of your mouth is a bunch of bald-faced lies and flip-flops on the fly. I understand they even put out an ad after the debate touting Romney's 20% across-the-board tax cut, even though at the debate he was insisting the plan would be revenue neutral. Uh, Mitt, if it's revenue neutral, it's not a tax cut. It's either one or the other. Please take a pick and stick with it. Is that too much to ask?

    October 15, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. evejohnson

    I would guess by now the Independents have already decided the man they are voting for. If no one knows by now who they are going to vote for, two more debates aren't going to matter.

    October 15, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. nightsong

    Romney is assuredly gaining terrific momentum and will win this election and become the new president.
    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012.

    October 15, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. The Independent Voter

    Thank you, President Obama, for all you have done for us!!! We know very well that you have tried to keep all your promises made to us four years ago in which we still believe.

    Thank you, President Obama, for the Hope and Dream you have given especially to those of us who fall within the "47%" of this great country you lead.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And may God bless you mightily!!!

    October 15, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Chris

    Here is the question: A debate is suppose to be (2) men with differant ideas on how to run the country. If Romney keeps changing his ideas, how can you debate that. Then the lies are amazing and thats what threw the President off. You cannot debate a lier or a flip flopper

    October 15, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Bob

    Bush was much more conservative than Romney by a long shot. Attempts to make Romney the centrist look radical aren't going to work. He said some tough things during the have to get your base during the primary after all (that's why Dems go big lefty during the primary and GOPs go right). But, if you look at his record, he is a centrist.

    October 15, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. 2020

    Romney is running for 2016, he needs warm up rounds, he will keep running. let him run, sooner or later, he will reach Cayman Islands.

    He has no quality to be president. He wish, it ain't happen. His father knows him better.

    Romney the pathetic liar

    October 15, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Lando

    Before the start of the debate, the moderated should Romney this question.....Are you Romney 1, Romney 2 or 3.
    Chamillions are unacceptable...

    October 15, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Lando

    Before the start of the debate, the moderator should Romney this question.....Are you Romney 1, Romney 2 or 3.
    Chamillions are unacceptable...

    October 15, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Don't Vote For A Snake Oil Salesman

    Some people are so easily fooled by Romney. Well if Romney wins the joke is on the foolish that voted for him. One debate did not change my mind. This Independent is voting for President Obama again when early voting starts in my state this week. I hope the people that vote for Romney are not under the age of 55 because he is throwing you under the bus. Start building your assets now or you will be living in poverty. If you are under the age of 55 put some money in a 401K or try and find a job with a pension. You will need something to live on because Romney will abolish social Security and Medicare.

    October 15, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. truth hurts

    Romney was NEVER as far down as the polls portrayed him. Obama has shown the country who and what he really is with his failed leftist policies, hate and division and now incompetence in foreign policy and protecting our personnel overseas. And after that disastrous empty suit first debate, the country is ready to send him on his way to Chicago and get somebody that is a PROVEN LEADER in the Whitehouse. The long disastrous 4 year inexperienced community organizer experiment is finally coming to an end.

    October 15, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Lando

    Sorry...should ask Romney I mean...

    October 15, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Considering Crowley saying today she will IGNORE the rules for the debate and ask attack questions, the Romney campaign should demand a new moderator. It is clear she will be in the tank for the president."

    Riiiiiight. Candy Crowley's job at CNN is making small talk and serving softball questions to Republican politicians and pundits during the Sunday morning MSM love fest with teh GOP and which GOP/Teatroll guests dominate by approximatelyl a 2-to-1 margin over Dems. She's going to move to protect her guest list and ability to get the McCains and McConnells of the GOP/Teatrolls to still want to show up on Sunday morning for her to ask dumb questions that function to tee up their talking points, whch she almost never follows up with hard questions that challenge the factual underpinnings of their ideological drivel. She won't be helping Obama or the Dems. She'll be protecting her ability to get GOPers on her show.

    October 15, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Curt

    I only hope the voters see Romney for who he really is before the election. A man who basically threatens more wars and never served himself. Took off to France to be a morman missionary instead of fighting for his country. A man who has 5 sons, none of them in the military. A man who changes his views constantly. A man who can't give a straight answer as to how he will change things. Even though the entire world is in financial crisis he is promising people he can turn the U.S. economy around in a year. Don't know how he figures U.S. industry will boom if no one else can afford to buy the products. Wants to be President yet thinks its ok to force his religious abortion views on the country even though the majority of the people disagree with him. Is it not the job of elected officials to represent the majority? Just hoping that people really think before casting their votes.

    October 15, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Jason


    the biggest thing that help romney is that america saw a man who was not a right wing nut , just a smart leader who is wants to work with both sides to get america growing again...he is not the devil like some want you to think...

    No, he is not a right wing nut but he'll tell the right wingers whatever they wanna hear just to get them to rally behind him. And then he goes into the debate and changed all his right wing policies in 1 night. Thats called being Fake/Liar. But people like u an other right wingers are stupid enough to follow him up because of your Hatred for Obama.

    October 15, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. American People

    Show us your tax returns for the last 20 years Willard!!!!!! You are a criminal for not disclosing income from your off-shore accounts on your taxes!!!!!

    October 15, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Humanity4All

    Romney's Strategy 1) Put Obama on defensive, frustrate him and dont let him focus on real question. 2) Go aggresive, back it up with fabricated numbers or points that are only going to make him loose his cool and dont let him focus yet again. 3) Stick to the plan and assult as often as needed, but be very clear.

    Here is you go President Obama ... you better come prepred and dont loose your cool. Dont be aggresive yet make your point with maximum impact.. face the camera and dont make faces or look tired...or you will be seeking retirement.

    October 15, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. dawitt merressa

    Here are my reasons why i decided to cast my vote for the incubent.
    1. In 2008, he promised to american people that he will bring iraq war to an end and bring our troops home .
    2. During his campaign, he vowed to hunt down
    , kill, or capture osama bin laden. He kept his promise satisfactorily!!
    3. He campaigned to reduce tax burden on middle class americans. He faithfully kept his promise.
    4. He took political risk to support legalising gay marriage.
    5. by introducing universal health care, he enabled about 40 million americans to have health insurance coverage.
    6. Above all, he saved my favorite auto company(GM) And others from extinction.
    7. He restored american image in international forum.
    8. He proved to me his greatness in leadership when he brought down libyan dictator. We paid no sacrifice in terms of human life for the first time in armed confontation around the globe.
    I can go on and on but to secure my vote these achievements are more than enough.
    i'm interested to know from the other side why i should reconsider my position.

    October 15, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Benghazi attack: Will Senate inquiry be a factor in presidential election?
    Sen. Lieberman says his committee will try to ‘find out what happened and why’ in the Benghazi attack, but panel staff say the information-gathering stage is unlikely to be finished by the election.

    That won't stop Darrell Edward Issa is the U.S. Representative for California's 49th congressional district, serving since 2001 , he loves Kitty Comities that do nothing other then mislead.

    Congressman Darrell Issa's investigation of the events ... to be playing out like a rerun of the Fast and Furious investigation.

    October 15, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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