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. noobienot

    Forbes magazine just released a article about Romney family having direct financial ties with the companies involved with the ballot casting machines in many states , i am not american but i can tell u this guy smells awful stinky , read the article , and of all the millions of companies he can invest his millions in why is he involved with a company like that , this guys just has poor taste , is this the best the republicans can come up with ?

    October 21, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. SugarKube

    Make sure you hit all 57 states Barry.

    October 21, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. SugarKube

    Good, this way he will be all rested up for his Monday night debate. LMAO

    October 21, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. noobienot

    Obama up all night , wow is that dedication , nowhere in this article does it say Romney will do the same , win or lose Romney has his millions ,so who do u want fighting for u ?, to me this election is a no brainer , a man with hard work or a man with millions and million , come on america wake up !!!!

    October 21, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. Name MoBlessings

    Obama is genuine. Mitt is a fake who will say anything, mostly blatant lies to steal your vote. GO OBAMA

    October 21, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  6. 2013

    John S- No matter who the president is, they cannot fix the economy and have no official matters in the Constitution other than executive orders to fix anything unless a bill is presented at their desk. They can sign it, veto it, or let it automatically become law if the president decides not to do anything. In the meantime, that bill will be in Congress. Congress is the branch of the government that designs the bills. In particular with taxes, it has to begin in the House of Representatives. In current times, the President of the United States has ways through the media to try to tell Congress what to do, but it is Congress that decides what gets drafted in the bill, oh and also to make a budget. So many aspects people are pinning on the head of the executive branch are issues that begin at the legislature. Call your representatives in both houses in Congress if you wanted the economy fixed because until there was a bill at the desk in the White House, it was Congress' responsibility to draft any way to fix the tax rate, or where to appropriate money.

    October 21, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. 200 TON HAMMER

    well for military active people they have two choices,they can vote for.romney and.deploy alot more leaving their familes behind,or they can vote for President Obama,and not Deploy and stay home more with their familes

    October 21, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. Dingus McGee

    Middle class will grow if it gets its collective butts to work and makes itself grow! Obama is not the answer. Romney is!

    October 21, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. Evelyn

    Romney is an example of what is wrong with America.The greed he shows and total like of caring for those who are not in his income bracket .He will be nothing but a puppet for the richest and the war mongers .His behavior in the last debate was like the boss who will not listen to suggestions from his employees but tells them it is my way or the highway.The kind you want to tell to take this job and stuff it .

    October 21, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Charlotte

    Good luck, Mr. President. I used to pull all-nighters when I was in grad school for my M.Sc degree back in my early twenties. It was possible but unpleasant. When I finally went back to finish my Ph.D. at nearly forty years old, ONE TIME I was forced to pull an all-nighter. It really flattened me! I don't envy you the prospect, I sure can't do that kind of thing any more.

    October 21, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. cuisinemanager

    Obama is an example of what is wrong with America, the idea that income should be redistributed instead of providing good job opportunities for people such a basic flaw that it is damaging to the country. Obama promised to get us out of the wars we are still in, Iraq is shutting down on Bush's schedule not Obama's, a surge in Afghanistan, keeping Gitmo open, strengthening the Patriot Act he is running as a war president, everything he said he would not do. He lack of effort in the first debate was embarrassing, his pointing fingers lying Benghazi and taking credit for oil and gas increases (in the second debate) he had nothing to do with was sad and also embarrassing. Obama's arrogant negative ads make us want to tell him..........YOUR FIRED!

    October 21, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Charlotte

    2013: Thank you. So many on the right seem to need lessons in remedial Civics. They don't understand how the government is required to function as per the Constitution and they, like their blathering talking heads on Fox News, put all the blame for everything on the President (unless it's GWB) where most of these things have to have dual-Branch consensus if they ever get through Congress in the first place.

    October 21, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. Pete

    Romney has an ad asking the president where are the jobs and I say ask your republican obstructionist in congress,where's infastructure bills and I say ask your republican obstructionist in congress.Republicans get out of your bubble of ignorence and see who's really destroying America,its not foriegn terrorists,its your domesticly created ones the racist white congressional ones that hate the black man in the WH.Don't deny it and running from your racist ideology won't help because you'll eventually have to face your demons in railing and holding America hostage for one thing, your hate for a man ,a black man born from a white woman that's trying to help America .The America that was driven off the fiscal cliff by a white so called businessman in Bush, a republican wolf in sheeps clothing remember him,9/11,two unfunded wars created by lies,Medicare Part D unfunded and a hugh tax break we suffered for later,do you want that from your new candidate because he's more extreme,more crafty,more black in his heart than any of your republican reps.Watch the "MORMON CANDIDATE"on the CCURRENT channel on cable it'll open your eyes just how this Mormon bishop,the extreme right Mormon is even scaring mormons,they know him and are afraid of what he might do if he ever became president,do you want that in the WH, another ego maniac, we had one with Bush and I think that's enough for one presidency don't you!!

    October 21, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. Tim

    You have my IOWA vote Mr. President, I can't imagine anyone in our fair state voting for Romney who will take us back decades on civil rights, women rights, support for the elderly and the Military men and women who have come back from Bush's wars. We value hard working people here and that mean MR. Obama all the way! Romney is a flip-flopping phoney who will do and say anything so his wife can order curtains in the whitehouse!

    October 21, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. jpmichigan

    I wished he would have put that enthusiasm more in to leading and governing. O bama is a grea campaigner but a very very poor President. He relies to much on others to do his job and take blame for his mistakes.

    October 21, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. Ohio Guy

    Ohio Update: Today the Columbus Dispatch, in its main editorial and presidential recommendation, stated that "Obama has failed". They went on to review his 2008-2012 record and closed by strongly recommending Romney for President. The article is facinating, and it clearly defines what has happened over the last four years. A great read.

    October 21, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. NameDon Gibbs

    God Bless You And Your Family.Pres Obama 2012.

    October 21, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. shuman

    The Obama campaign prefers rushing voters into early voting so voters are committed before the rest of the details about his failed "politics before people" administration sees the light of day and changes opinions of him.

    My advice is gat all of the information before you make a decision.

    October 21, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Name Maquenda Chunga

    Obama's 4years has made the entire world to be calm and America is been loved by people again. Am writing this comment from outside America and I can see the trust people are putting in an American again. Mitt is an example of Bushi and is example of bad foreign policy. Please America vote for Obama if you want respected Super power, Vote for Mitt if you want your boys and girls to be the slaves of wars.

    October 21, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Anonymous

    "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."

    Nor does it make any sense that Republicans are voting for a man whose only interest in them personally is to herd them as cattle. If you watch the Mitt Romney 47% tape and his comments on the Chinese women who work at American factories in China we can see that all of America is headed for worker dormitories such as these women work and live at. And will all be as equally excited over our $1.00 per/hour one day a month off jobs. At least in the mind of Mitt Romney. Good grief. This man already makes millions of dollars off these low paid Chinese women now. Why should we Americans be deemed any different in his fantasyland of elitism?

    October 21, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. John in swing state Colorado

    The most important thing an American President does is keep the American people safe. I am afraid that Mitt Romney has no moral standing to be Commander-in-Chief. Here's why:
    1) When faced with an opportunity to serve, instead he fled to France. Not one of his 5 sons will even serve in the reserves. In my view that makes him a Yellow-bellied coward.
    2) He asks us to trust him to have his finger on the button that could launch Nuclear Armageddon and with the authority to send our sons and daughters to slaughter (war). Yet, he will not trust us with a single, fully scheduled, fully documented; tax return, let alone ten of them. So it's trust him, but he doesn't trust us. His wife calls us "you people."
    3) Given the horrendous sacrifices of thousands of American soldiers, the suffering from the maiming injuries of thousands more, and the suffering of their families back home, he did not have the presence of mind to mention them even once, not even a passing reference in his acceptance speech at his nominating convention. Of course most of them fall into the 47% that in his own words, he cares nothing about.

    October 21, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Why? To continue 4 more years of high unemployment. Raising the National Debt to over 20 Trillion. Why? No Thanks.

    October 21, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. GI Joe

    Romney wants to attack Iran for Israel, now he wants boots on the ground in Syra.

    How can he pay for it? LOOK OUT SENIORS - HERE IT COMES.

    October 21, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Anthony

    The election is about Ohio and Florida now. If Obama wins Ohio, he wins the election. Romney needs to win both Florida and Ohio. Because 1/8 of Ohio jobs are tied to the auto industry, a Romney win in Ohio is not happening. If seniors know that Romney's tax cuts and increased military spending will force cuts in government programs like Social Security and Medicare, a Romney's win in Florida is not happening either.

    October 21, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Dallas

    I think the heading on the Main CNN page is a little bit misleading. The heading reads, "Obama not voting on Election day". Mane people dont click on the link to read more to the story and a certain percentage will think that Obama will not be voting at all. As a result, this will turn off people away from wanting to vote at all.

    October 21, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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