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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– 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. Ancient Texan

    Stephen Bibb- Explain that FDR's wild spending delayed the recovery from the depression by 7 years according to his cabinet members. It took WWII to finally revive the economy.

    October 20, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. RestoreAmerica

    Obama will vote early because he will be voting for Romney and doesn't want anyone to know.

    October 20, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Wondering Wanda

    In the race about life the tuttle and the hare–which one won the race?–not because he was faster but he kept going however, it took him longer to cover the same ground, but he succeeded/won because he stayed focus on the goal
    –GO Obama/Biden 2012

    October 20, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. Clever to vote early - quite appealing

    Very clever strategy. I haven't been happy with his campaign so far, but this is an excellent idea. Let's pray that the President finishes strongly!

    October 20, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. Gimmeabreak!

    Who the heck cares any more? You're done, Barry!

    October 20, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. Deepa

    Obama is the best. Due to him to the master of terror is dead....we don't want Mitt Romney who is a dictator, whose sons are so violent that they want to hit obama, what kind of upbrining is that????

    Children are reflection of thier parents...Obama's daughters are so good and well behaved....

    OBAMA – you rock

    October 20, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. Deepa

    Take ALL your friends to VOTE for OBAMA...so we all can sleep peacefully, rather than worrying about the business traits of Mitt

    October 20, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. buzz

    Probably voted early so robot-calls would end.

    October 20, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. NameRick Murray

    President Obama is working hard for your vote. He had already gotten mine and the car load I carried to the poll. Mr. President we got your back.

    October 20, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. counterviews

    He obviously knows that you have to be an American citizen to vote. Good call, Barack. It saves you the embarassment of having your vote thrown out.

    October 20, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. imvotingforobama

    I cast my vote today and I voted for Obama, again!

    October 20, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. beevee

    I hope that president Obama is preparing well to land the final knockout punches on Mitt Romney in Modnday's debate. It is time to knock Romney out to the floor and get busy wiith the final dyas of the election. Obama 2012.

    October 20, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. ashleezmke

    Vote early, vote often.
    Obama never again.

    October 20, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. chinorios

    All this polls: I lve in Florida, nobody calls to ask, Please American People do not make a mistake ROMANIA is a LYER, just like de BRUSHES, they change the story everytime, because of the REP, we are in this HOLE, , please read about Bain capital, this people like to take all the jobs to CHINA, to pays little wages over in China, because they can money cheating people over there, in Ameica we have labor laws, please support OBAMA/2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!Romania is like ruppert murdoch, he owns all the newspaper, romania has all his rich friends, lying for him NO WAY THE ROMANIA IS LEADIN IS IN FLORIDA IS A FLAT LIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Go home rich and poor soul romania and puppet Ryan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 20, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  15. Larry in Houston

    LOL – – – he's going to do What ? "pull an all nighter" ?? LOL – – – He really needs to do what Perry does, since Perry is going for his 4th term. It's called "saturate" and "blanket" – – – not to mention the "ground game" .
    May the Best Man Win – 2012
    Hillary – 2016 ( with a 'surplus' in – 2018)

    October 20, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. ge

    like cheney said deficits don,t matter ,unless theirs a domocrate in the white house.haliburton got your three trillion

    October 20, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. Ohio Rigged

    Why isn't the Romney conflict of interest with Ohio voting machines not front page news!?!?!
    Search for info on the Hart IC Voting machines being owned by Romney family and Donors. Forbes and NYTimes have related articles.

    October 20, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. AgrippaMT

    Bravo for Obama for being the first President to vote this way. It's so much more efficient, and far better in view of the Republicans ugly voter suppression efforts.

    October 20, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  19. 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 instead of helping the country?

    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 tea partiers 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 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. noteasilyswayed

    Get out and vote against all incumbents with more than eight years in office. These representatives and senators are an embarrassment and are totally beholden to big business, big oil, unions and other big contributors. They always put party before country. Let's sweep them out of office.

    October 20, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  21. freddie nerk

    God has asked me to vote for Obama. We must elect a Christian to the Whitehouse. Mormonism is a cult and no one should vote for Romney unless you worship Satan.

    October 20, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. Shardik

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

    It took Bush eight years to wreck it, it will take Obama more than four years to fix it.

    October 20, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  23. freddie nerk

    Women, Latinos, Asians, Blacks, students, working folks, seniors, Veterans, young folks, LGBT – all the 47% and all good people must get out and vote Obama. Romney is a cult following, job exporting, draft dodging, tax avoiding bigot. God has asked me to spread the word. To vote for a Mormon is ungodly.

    October 20, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  24. freddie nerk

    Romney will lead us to war with China, Iran and Russia. Millions will die and our economy will be destroyed and so will our Republic. Mormons will be placed in key positions and will exert complete control on our country. Civil war will follow. We must not allow Satans followers to assume power. Vote with God and elect Obama.

    October 20, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  25. rafael

    How long before his not voting on election day is criticized for being un-American?

    October 20, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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