Obama to pull 'all-nighter' for key battleground votes
October 20th, 2012
03:13 PM ET
6 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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Filed under: Colorado • Iowa • Nevada • Ohio • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. Amy

    Obama has helped my family during his term. He has taken on a huge responsibility with all of the mess that Bush left behind. He has tried so hard to keep the promises he has made and with the Republicans in office voting against everything he is trying to do is NOT his fault. You are doing a great job with all you have to deal with. You have my vote again. Go OBAMA!!!

    October 20, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  2. The Prophet

    Bad news for Obama he will lose CA 55 electoral votes

    October 20, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. John Oboho

    @ Stephen Bibb. "Didn't Christ throw out the money-changers out of the temple?". YES HE DID! GOP IS ANTI CHRIST'S VALUES.

    October 20, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. Phill

    Can the everyday American relate to Romney? The answer is NO! President Obama has used his personal life experiences to craft legislation to help everyone.

    October 20, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  5. Mark

    Hey, Bibb. Explain to the people that Reagan inherited a much worse economy with unemployment over 10% yet his methods worked; lower taxes, get the government out of the way so businesses can expand and hire.

    October 20, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  6. HenryMiller

    "The president will make phone calls to undecided voters while aboard Air Force One..."

    It costs American taxpayers 180 thousand dollars for every hour Air Force One is in the air, and this jerk is using it to make campaign phone calls.

    If this isn't illegal, it ought to be.

    October 20, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. HenryMiller


    The middle class will grow again when the government gets off everyone's back. It's hard to get up when you've got a million bureaucrats holding you down.

    October 20, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  8. jw

    American people now is time to rebuild our country, money could'nt get any cheaper low interest rates. will put millions to work and money in their pockets. americans are not lazy normally come together to solve a national problem. was'nt dick cheney who said deficeits don't matter!

    October 20, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  9. Thomas

    China tariffs on US steel: WTO rejects Beijing's appeal
    "Today we are again plainly stating that we will continue to take every step necessary to ensure that China plays by the rules and does not unfairly restrict exports of US products," US trade representative Ron Kirk said.

    But despite these actions, Mr Romney has accused Mr Obama of being too soft on China.

    Analysts said the latest decision by the WTO was likely to provide a boost to Mr Obama's campaign.

    "[It's] a small benefit for the Obama campaign because it can advertise 'beating China' in Ohio," said Derek Scissors, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

    October 21, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  10. eciam

    We all Know Why Rich Americans Put There Money In Off Shore Bank Accounts.
    Mitt Has An Off Shore "Business" a Shell Company, That Does One Thing And One Thing Only, And That's To Hide His True Taxable Income! And America Is Ok With This. Had This Been Obama, OH MY GOD!
    Cayman Is. Accts, Swiss Bank Accts, Shell Company, Afraid To show more than twos of Tax returns.
    "47%ER" For Obama/Biden, Good Luck Pres.

    October 21, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  11. eciam

    Love this Pic, That's America!
    Good Luck Pres/Biden
    From a "47%ER"

    October 21, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  12. J.V.Hodgson

    I hear Romney speaks French. the only thing I heard him say with lousy pronunciation was :-
    J'ma appele est Mitt Romney. his best campaitn line.
    Next thing you know he will be saying some other meaningless things (just like his unpaid for tax plan) like:
    La plume du ma tant est sur la bureau de mon uncle!!.
    He needs this grammatical construction basic sentence lesson to say" my next pen is on the desk of the president." He was always a dreamer with no substance!!

    October 21, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  13. Devonna Nobles

    Thank you Stephen Bibb

    Acts; 7 .....59-60
    And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    October 21, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  14. SPQR


    The situation is not what President Obama promised.

    President Obama admits to it.

    We can see it.

    But I can also see how Republicans have put their agenda ahead of the American People just like they did during 8 years of W. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

    Don't fall for the same GOP BS again!!!

    President Obama 2012 !!!

    October 21, 2012 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  15. Cathy

    Interesting that there was a poll of kids today to ask who they would vote for. You have to believe kids are generally influenced to some degree by their parents. The outcome of the poll was Obama as the winner. Also found it interesting that Ann Romney aka the little woman came out with her MS story today. I understand MS is a debilitating disease and I am sympathetic to suffer with it. But do we really need to have him use her condition as a sympathy plug to gain votes? It's bad enought Mitt the Twit has bought votes by using Billy Graham. Yup that's your candidate GOP.

    October 21, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  16. Anonymous

    while Romney sleeps comfortably and forgets about those who work during the graveyard shift Obama without fear makes his way through the fog and zombies to bring you out of the ropes that Romney has tied everyone up with.

    Obama won't let the zombies feed on you like Romney and Ryan will. Both of whom are snug as a bug in a rug at home.

    October 21, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  17. rex remes

    I heard Obama was going to vote in each of the battleground states.

    October 21, 2012 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  18. Clouds Across The Moon

    Bishop Obama::
    Unemployment Maker………Check
    Peace Talks Disturber…........ Check
    Energy Price Riser………….. Check
    Polls Dropper……. Check
    Debt Intensifier…………… Check
    Opponent Attacker..............Check
    Unknown Birth Certificate...... Check
    Jobs Killer..................... Check
    Dems, you have your candidate!

    October 21, 2012 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  19. Name

    If the American people are wise, which I know there are because there are wonderful people they will reelect Obama. Everybody know its best for the country.

    October 21, 2012 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  20. Taxpayer

    Romney is toast, may as well feed the quack to the ducks. Ive paid extra taxes since I was 14, I have no issue paying a little more if it secures a future for my daughters.

    October 21, 2012 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  21. crazeelegs

    Mitt and GOP rules for winning:
    1. voter suppresion laws
    2. voter fraud
    3. companies intimidating their workers
    4. give no details of your plan
    5. lie..then lie to cover your lies..then lie that your opponent lies.
    6. hate factcheckers and dispute their findings that show that you lie
    7. tell a whopper of a lie in the debate, then blame the moderator
    8. think: fool some of the people all of the time
    9. think: there is a sucker born every minute
    10. recycle formula each election

    All despicable and disgusting. All this from the party that claims they have "values". They really know how to joke while they take your money; those Republicans.

    October 21, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  22. wen soo

    President Obama knows he's losing...all nighters are for desperate people. Any ways...do you know of any one that is willing to stay up late to go see him campaign? I think NOT.

    October 21, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  23. Esther NjibamumEsthernjibamum

    Mit romney has everything he wanted in this world the only thing left is being the president of the united states.he does not have a vission for america he is just trying to make a name for himself he only cares about rich folks like himself.according to MIT Romney all poor people should erased from this world.I am hopping and praying that Americans will be wise not to fall in his trap.

    October 21, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  24. wen soo

    Answer to Stephen Bibb...Obama has a terrible record to run on...so what does he do? He attacks Romney...
    Obama caught Bin Laden...NOT...the Navy seals did.
    Obama passed Healthcare with democrats only...America wants Healthcare...NOT.
    What else does he have to run on?
    Explain Lybia and the murder of 4 Americans...and a much loved Ambassador...Obama went campaigning in Las Vegas..
    Jobs...jobs...jobs. what IS his plan for creating jobs?
    What is his plan to fix the deficit???
    What is his plan for uniting America again.?
    By the way Americans are not racist...they see an incompetent, inexperienced president...

    October 21, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  25. Lillie

    You can't tell me the election is this close With all the baggage Romney has nobody in thier right mine would vote for him.
    I can't believe that people would vote for someone that they really know nothing about and its funny how he never gives anything out on what he is exactly going to do and how he is going to do it.
    I would definitly would watch this election close sad this world wants to kill this nation only because the the President is black,
    Tthis is the first man we have had in long time that had a brain and uses it.
    You realize this world well be going back in time and killing everything people have worked for.

    October 21, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
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