Obama to pull 'all-nighter' for key battleground votes
October 20th, 2012
03:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama to pull 'all-nighter' for key battleground votes

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will embark on a whirlwind tour of battleground states Wednesday in Iowa before becoming the first sitting president in modern history to cast an early ballot in-person.

On the "non-stop" tour, Obama will rally supporters and volunteers in key swing states and try to appeal to undecided voters. The president will make phone calls to undecided voters while aboard Air Force One in between his tightly packed schedule of campaign stops.

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Seeking to motivate his supporters to go to the polls, Obama will cast his ballot early in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday. First lady Michelle Obama submitted her absentee ballot on Monday in Illinois.

During the tour, the president plans to visit six of the nine battleground states, making stops
Wednesday in Denver, Colorado, and Las Vegas, Nevada, before heading to Tampa, Florida, and Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday. He will end the 48-hour tour in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday.

Recent polls in several battleground states underscore how tight the race is between Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

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– Ryan zeroes in on energy jobs in Pennsylvania

– Poll: Races in Florida, Ohio remains tight after second debate

– Early voting opens in seven states, D.C.

– Sparring over economy in weekly addresses


Filed under: Colorado • Iowa • Nevada • Ohio • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. Name JR

    Probably should have pulled allnighter 9-11-12.

    October 20, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Stephen Bibb

    Ten reasons why Mitt RoMney is already history:
    “Corporations are PEOPLE, my friend!”
    “375,000 isn’t a lot of money (to make in one year).”
    "The banks are scared to death. They're feeling the same thing that you're feeling."
    "I’m not concerned with the very poor... that’s not my focus."
    “I’ll bet you $10,000, right here, right now….”
    "Don't take money from the government, just ask your parents."
    “I’m SEVERELY Conservative!”
    “Some of my friends own NASCAR teams.”
    “No, no, no… I like (healthcare) mandates. Mandates work!”
    “I can relate to black people very well indeed. My ancestors once owned slaves.”

    October 20, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Stephen Bibb

    Bishop Romney:
    Vulture Capitalist………Check
    Tax Cheat…………........ Check
    Draft Dodger………….. Check
    Serial Flip-Flopper……. Check
    Dog Abuser…………… Check
    Jobs Killer……………. Check
    13 Cayman Accounts..... Check
    5 Swiss Bank Accounts.. Check
    GOP, you have your candidate!

    October 20, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Stephen Bibb

    Democrats champion the causes of the poor, the elderly, the sick, the disabled.
    Christ championed the causes of the poor, the elderly, the sick, the disabled.
    Who does the GOP champion? The wealthy bankers and Wall Streeters.
    Didn't Christ throw the money-changers out of the temple?

    October 20, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. 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???

    Everyone should vote early to protect your vote from gop vote fraud ,we are on to you gop bafoons ,you already lost !!!!!!

    October 20, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Stephen Bibb

    Obama needs to make the case that:1. The Gov created millions of jobs during WWII and can assist in creating millions of jobs again by the same means: Infrastructure spending on: dams, levies, high speed transportation, a new electrical grid, highways, bridges, fixing our broken education buildings and system, etc. JUST LIKE THEY DID AFTER WWII with the money rolled out of the Federal Reserve to fix it.

    October 20, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. john s

    Any reason why he doesn't pull all-nighters to fix the economy?

    October 20, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Stephen Bibb

    2. Explain to the American People that the Federal Debt was higher prior to WWII than it is now and that including that debt, during WWII the Gov rolled the equivalent of trillions more out to fix the economy and pay for the war.
    3. Explain that the DEFICIT needs to be fixed first through infrastructure spending to increase the tax base from the culmination of many Americans paying taxes. Once the deficit is fixed the Federal Debt will go down over time automatically and will not matter.

    October 20, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. 2020

    hi home the message, Mr. President, The economy turns up, more women back to work, equal pay for equal work, and affordable health care is here to stay.

    LET THE MIDDLE CLASS GROW AGAIN !!!

    October 20, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. incredulous

    Notice the mixture of ethnicities and ages at Obama/Biden rallies. Romney/Ryan rallies look like an all white country club. Not very representative of the U.S.

    October 20, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. megan

    On November 6 all this will be Over

    October 20, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Good. It's time for America to wake up and understand that Mitt Romney will never become president. He has all but pulled out of MI, WI, PA, NC, and yet the pollsters would have us believe that he is going to win this election.

    Spin away, Republicans.

    October 20, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. IndeePendant

    Why is it that RepubliCONs never criticized Bush when he was sleeping when terrorists hit right at our home and killed thousands of people, while Obama is doing the right thing by addressing Benghazi issue in a matured way?

    October 20, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. debincharlotte

    I would just like to take a moment to say this "binder" thing is the most silly attack I have heard to date. I am a woman who as a supervisor have requested resumes that are needed when hiring. You can call them binders, folders, jackets, resume packets....what is the big deal. I'll tell you.....nothing. It is insulting to me as a woman for these women to portray women with something so petty. With regards to abortions, I personally don't care what you do with your body up to a certain point....but I do not want to pay for your choices and I do not want a doctor being forced to abort a baby if it is against his beliefs. SHHHH,....quit making women look so stupid!

    October 20, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Indy

    john s

    Any reason why he doesn't pull all-nighters to fix the economy?

    Yes the reason is it took Bush 8 years to destroy the economy and for the past four years Republicans have been hell bent on making sure they block any progress they possibly can,so this cannot be solved by an all nighter or in one term

    October 20, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Mikado Cat

    Obama is working 10x as hard to get reelected as he works as president. Maybe that is a good thing considering his record.

    Infrastructure spending, Obama speak for pork and patronage.

    October 20, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Look at the photos of President Obama's supporters and volunteers , then look at Mitt Romney's supporters and volunteers.

    We are surely one country divided !

    Obama supporters look of all ages , all colors and races , rich and poor , and you see real smiles of hope.

    Romney supporters , look older , less color , most above middle class or wealthy , fewer honest smiles .

    It's like Lawrence Welk Vs Return of the Jedi !

    October 20, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. ST

    I expected CNN to do a credible job in reporting. It doesn't make any sense to report polls from the states where the early voting is taking place at the moment. I repeat it doesn't make sense at all unless you give the polls of those who have voted already and who the voted for; those who haven't voted and who they the will cast their vote for. In these states, registered voters or likely voters are no longer valid.

    October 20, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. tee27

    This what everyone do know and it`s a fact Mitt Romney owns 51% of Bain and has decided to ship all of Sensata Jobs over to china say no more, Freeport, Illinois

    October 20, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Democrats do not rely on the "POLLS" because the Republicans will try to steal this election and use poll results saying Romney was winning to justify their steal. DEMOCRATS GET OUT AND VOTE, don't let them steal this election again.

    October 20, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. suedatajo

    Obama mistakenly called him Ramnesia.But it is good for him.nothing will change. Romney is gaining momentum.

    If you suffer from Ramnesia he sure has a medication for that. That is Vitamin M, m for money the economy matters. Ramnesia.
    R FOR RECOVERY
    A Abundance
    M FOR MONEY SURPLUS
    N FOR Non- proliferation
    E for energy efficiency
    Social security reform to benefit the citizens
    I for improvement in foreign policies
    A FOR Advancement

    October 20, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Lahdee Dah

    Looks like this election is going to be a squeaker. Either way, close to 50% of voters will feel that they are not represented in the presidency. If Romney is elected, the Dems will dig in [just as the Repubs did] to guarantee his failure – the Repubs set the obstructionist bar pretty high to make sure the country continued to suffer. I don't see how the Repubs could expect any enthusiasm for bipartisanship after the damage they have done to their party and the nation. No matter who wins, we are in for a rocky ride.

    October 20, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. joe

    You didn't build that??? we let me tell you that if I thought I was building something that I can't call my own then let me kick back and say hell no to 80+ hours a week of work and frustration and unwavering perseverance with no guarantee of pay and let me do my 38 hours a week just chillin. oh by the way with "you didn't Build that" said lets go ahead and say by by to Microsoft, Hilton Hotels, Ford vehicles, R.H. Macy, Walt Disney. Do you really think this start up business owners would have push that hard forward if they were going to be told they didn't build that?

    October 20, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. Andromeda

    There is another choice – Here he is – Know All of Your Choices Before You Vote!

    End the Fed; they've devalued the dollar by printing money. – Legalize marijuana instead of 1Legalize marijuana instead of 1.8 million arrests and $70B. Allow medical marijuana and needle exchanges. – No foreign aid spending unless it protects U.S. interests. – Supports gun ownership rights. Heroin and methodone available in local pharmacies- Let the PATRIOT Act expire; respect habeas corpus. – Abolish the TSA – 23% national sales tax while eliminating the IRS. – Opposes Net Neutrality; no government regulation of Internet. – Cut all support and aid to Israel. – Eliminate ineffective interventions in Iraq & Afghanistan. – Women's right to choose until fetal viability. – Prostitution is safer when legal and regulated. – I support gay unions; government out of marriage business. – Refused 'Marriage Vow' pledge; it condemns gays & singles.

    October 20, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Obamboo

    Obama dont waste your time buddy you have already lost. You lost after the first debate.

    October 20, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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