Obama to pull 'all-nighter' for key battleground votes
October 20th, 2012
03:13 PM ET
1 year 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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– 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. 1nsite

    Just vote Romney so we can go back to digging the hole that got us here in the first place. Obama tries to dig us out but brilliant people want us back in. Wonderful!

    October 20, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Philip

    Why? What was the first debate performance all about?

    October 20, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. billNY

    Well, at least he'll probably get two votes. Though even he might even be voting for Romney.

    October 20, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. billNY

    ya but the GOP champion Christ so indirectly they are for the poor.

    October 20, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Desperation is setting in.

    October 20, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. LR

    Romney only cares about the one percent, and corporations. If you think because he's rich he is going to make you rich you are sadly mistaken. He's a cut-throat businessman out for himself. And the 12 million new jobs he's talking about "creating" are the amount of jobs PROJECTED no matter who wins...he doesn't want you to know that.
    FYI: Tagg Romney has money invested in a voting machines company and the voting machines will be used in Ohio, Colorado and few other states. Just when I thought they couldn't get any more sleazy...

    October 20, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Willard

    You go, Mr. President! I will take day off on November 6, just to watch the results, and then go to work at 5 am! Congrats!

    October 20, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Penny Wright

    George W. Bush inherited a strong economy, a budget surplus, and a nation at peace.

    Eight years later, he left Obama with a shattered economy, a trillion dollar deficit, and two useless wars.

    Obama saved the country from another Great Depression, rebuilt GM, reformed healthcare, reformed Wall Street, doubled the stock market, created 12 straight quarters of GDP growth, created 32 straight months of private sector job growth, got Bin Laden, got Gaddafi, and got us out of Iraq.

    And now with the automatic spending cuts and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts in 2012, Obama has solved the deficit problem as well.

    Obama has done a very good job.

    October 20, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. Nyckid

    If the middle class doesn't do well. We, the USA, can't do well!!! The republicans signed w Norquist and conspired w McConnell to railroad Pres. Obama and the good people of the USA!!! Treason in my book... Party CAN'T go above country!

    October 20, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Michelle

    If only the President would work as hard for America as he will in the last few weeks of his Campaign. He wouldn't have to work so hard had he focused more on his meetings, instead of playing over 100 rounds of golf, playing basketball, play with the Hollywood Elites, etc. etc. And now he thinks Id much rather have birth control than a job. Does he really think we are that stupid?

    October 20, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Hillcrester

    Economic trend helps Obama.

    October 20, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Republican grandma

    Since Romney & Ryan will end Social security and Medicare? I will not give my vote for them.

    I will not vote for any Mormon either!

    Three of my grandsons found the jobs in Miami, Vegas and Aurora. That's a very good indication this Christian President did the right thing. I will give him a chance. I think he is a promise keeper. I believe him more than the other guy.

    October 20, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. No more republicans

    If Romney wins I hope the first words out of Nancy Pelosi is "our goal is to make him a one term president" and I hope they stick to it. I hope the republicans have NO ringing in their ears for along time to come!!

    October 20, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. Jen

    i'm routing for you Mr. President. you will get my vote!!! If Romney wins, he will NEVER be my president and you can kiss the jobs goodbye. If you people think that Romney is for the middle class needs their head examined. You honestly can say that Romney can create jobs in the first year. I took bush eight years to destroy this country and he are still trying to get out of this mess. The president cannot fix this in four years!!!!! He even told you that it is going to take alot of hard work. You want to go back to Bush years,then yes vote for Romney. I sure as HELL do not want to go back there. My brother was the one who had to go over seas for the Iraq war and I don't want him going back for another senseless war. Maybe Romney's five boys will go instead!!!

    October 20, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    @john s: "Any reason why he doesn't pull all-nighters to fix the economy?"

    Any reason why the GOP made defeating President Obama their #1 goal? Any reason why all Repub Congress members and Senators have signed Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge, putting their allegiance to him ahead of their allegiance to the Constitution? Any reason why Mittens is a serial liar and evangelicals have to be told to hold their noses and vote for this cult member? Any reason why Senate Repubs have used a record number of filibusters to block Democratic legislation, including the recent veterans jobs bill? Any reason why the teabaggers ran on "jobs, jobs, jobs" and have not introduced ONE jobs bill and instead have tried over 35 times to pass a bill restricting a woman's right to do with her own body as she chooses?

    October 20, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. NameTerry

    Well CNN looks to me from what the people who are sounding off are like me. Way more intelligent than to stand for men who clearly are out of touch with reality. Some of us seem down right educated way beyond what the GOP thinks. Even us country folks in Arkansas are not buying what RMoney and Eddie Munster ( borrowed that name from fellow sound off post) as It's spot on. We are Americans. We are not Sheep. President Obama and Vice President Biden will take us Forward. Rmoney and Munster are all about winning for one reason well 1% anyway. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ for the wealthy. Bankruptcy and poverty for the rest even if it costs them their souls.

    October 20, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Geordie

    Pulling an all-nighter after not doing much for 4 years.?????
    He only attended 50 % of security briefings and that was probably the result why he was clueless about Libya.
    Another term with this man will be a disaster for America.

    October 20, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. reaperfearer

    Keep up the great work, Mr. President. You've got my vote!

    October 20, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Jason

    Yeah, what he said 2020

    October 20, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. Getu

    I will be the first one in line to cast my vote to Obama on mondy,

    October 20, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. J Talhouk

    Romney's stratigy is simple: Say NO to every thing that the President says; Outsource the U.S. foreign policy to Israel.

    October 20, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. Bob Campbell

    The 2008 presidential election was between Hillary and Barrack. Anything that followed was mere process and a huge waste of money. During the 2008 Democratic Primary the entire world was fixated on the David and Goliath struggle. The notion that he could prevail over the Clinton power machine was unimaginable. Combined with the soul wrenching sermon like speeches of hope and change, Americans and the world were persuaded to overlook the obvious and simply believe. Ignored was the fact that he was a one term Senator with absolutely no experience. Hence, what should have been obvious four years ago has played out. He has under achieved and the facts support this. Anyone that tries to suggest anything different is delusional. Lets stipulate that George Bush did not leave a good situation for Obama. Where is the cut-off point to stop blaming him and accept responsibility?

    October 20, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. Nick 2012

    CNN needs to stop leading with FOX News teasers such as: "Obama not voting on election day". Ratings vs quality reporting. Make a choice CNN.

    October 20, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. Bob Campbell

    Regarding the Ambassador Stevens situation, Obama and everyone below him knew within 24 hours that this was a terror attack, perpetrated by people against America. They also knew that they had failed to provide proper protection and denied requests to provide it. President Obama had a fiduciary responsibility to stand before the American people, in honour of Ambassador Stevens and the other three Americans and be candid. Just because it happened at a very inopportune time doesn't obfuscate this responsibility. A man's character is determined by how he acts in the worst of times, not the best of times. This failure raises serious questions about his character and motives. It is up to each of you to decide how important this is but facts are irefutable.

    October 20, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Big Ooo

    I personally think there is something up with the polls the repubs complained and the next day they released the polls with Romney ahead very odd in deed

    October 20, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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