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

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Filed under: Colorado • Iowa • Nevada • Ohio • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. Ray E. (Georgia)

    You need to look at the Big Picture. Something Obama has not been able to do. The Polls and the Election is leaning to Romney. People are hurting. Obama has no clue. The Official Unemployment figures, probably Fudged in the last report is still over 8 Percent. In the words of that Famous Statesman, If we don't all hang together, we may hang seperately. You may have a job today but it may dissappear tomorrow.Vote Smart. Vote Romney.

    October 21, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Anonymous

    "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."

    They know. And many will try and convince themselves otherwise. Just as American workers are trying to convince themselves that a Romney presidency will bring jobs BACK to America. You know. All those American jobs he outsourced, offshored, and out maneuvered through his harvesting techniques over the years.

    October 21, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Tammy

    LOL...news of the day. Unfortnately the media covergae of this MAN has gone from historical to hysterical. Thanks for the laugh.

    October 21, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Ohio Guy

    I guess we'll see what Ohio does. The Obama folks are now stealing the Romney/Ryan yard signs at night, so kind of feels to me like they are nervous. Suggest you read todays Columbus Dispatch main editorial and their recommendation for President. "Obama has failed". Doesn't get much clearer than that....I think lots ofpeople have finally figured out you can't buy everybody's vote with other peoples money, you can't blame the other guy after four years, and that the Hope and Change was really Hype and Blame.

    October 21, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. TPF

    Obama is wasting his time, it's all over but the crying, from Michelle that is. Goodbye White House hello Chicago!

    October 21, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Anonymous

    "You may have a job today but it may dissappear tomorrow.Vote Smart. Vote Romney."

    Ask the people of Freeport, IL how that Romney thing is working for them.

    October 21, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. tam

    What a misleading headline about the President not voting on election day. Probably Romney isn't either. They're advance voting. So what's the big deal?

    October 21, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Get a Clue

    Are you serious? "People are hurting; Obama has no clue" Do you honestly think multi multi multi millionaire Mitt Romney has a clue??? Right. Good luck with that. You should educate yourself on how job growth really works and how government does not have anything whatsoever to do with whether you have your job today and lose it tomorrow. If you really want to vote smart, read up on the the reality of how things really work in the US and global economy and not rely on media, politicians, pundants, etc. to inform you.

    October 21, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Kiss

    Why did Obama just get 15 million dollars loan from Bank of America to be paid after the election?. Don't they still owe us from taxpayers bailout? are they lending our tax dollars to obama. If he wins will he pay it back with our money?

    October 21, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. samuel l waxman

    I like the way the president is developping strategies do deal with things in his second term

    October 21, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Kiss

    If the media didnt prop up Obama, Romney would be far ahead

    October 21, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. g

    don,t believe the pols its all about advertising dollars to the very end.obama all the way

    October 21, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Benita Harris

    Lord Help us ALL, if R/r is allowed to steal this election. 4 more for 44. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012z

    October 21, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Uh, oh. Obama is harvesting votes and Romney is harvesting ... well, whatever Romney thinks of as the Republican lie of the day. Winning Ohio comes to mind ... in his dreams anyway.

    Romney has already pulled out of WI, PA, NC, and MI. Not a sign of a "sure" Romney win no matter how you look at it nationally.

    October 21, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. talk well like Obama

    Continued, continuing and will continue borrowing money from China and others....–>changes? Hopes? Bill Clinton reduced deficit that was real change, he deserved second term. Indepence just vote for real talents. But Obama talks very well though, good speeches.

    October 21, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Hey Ohio Guy,
    How bout those Buckeyes huh? I thought they were gonners yesterday. But They came back Eh. Some on here think Romney is a gonner but we know different don't we? Go Buckeyes, Go Romney, Go Ohio! Sorry about those folks in Freeport but they too, will come back! But not with Obama!

    October 21, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. tommariner

    An All Nighter! For an election campaign - but not in the Oval Office!

    Give my country somebody who takes the job of running an Administration seriously!

    October 21, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Jason

    The Prophet. Obama will not lose California. He has a big lead there. But hey. Keep dreaming!

    October 21, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. RudyG

    Big Bird and Romnesia don't cut it with me. Time's up for our Comedian-in-Chief. Time to send this dirty politician back to Chicago, where he should feel right at home.

    October 21, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Anonymous

    RudyG

    Big Bird and Romnesia don't cut it with me.
    ============================

    Then why vote for the man who brought Big Bird up to begin with and allowed himself to be coined "Romnesia" through his own comments? Your resentment ought to be with Romney, not the President.

    October 21, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. D-Train

    Vote for Johnson and forget these two clowns. The more the people keep cycling the two parties the more they screw themselves.

    October 21, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Jessie P.

    I thought women did not like to be fooled by men or lied to by men.......they showed on many of the networks today how Mitt Romney out of his own mouth has said "he would not tax the wealthy" but in the debates have said the opposite, "how he has layed off many people to outsourse their jobs overseas and he himself made millions" but now says the opposite on the campaign trails, how he has said "he wants to get rid of social security and medicare and pre-existing conditions and leave it up to the insurance companies to decide if they will dump you or charge you outrageous fees" but says the opposite in a debate or on a campaign trail.and the list goes on and on and on and you will see out of his own mouth and his own actions he will never be for anyone who is poor or middle class. Romney simply does not care......these are the facts. Please join me and my registered Republican female friends and vote for Obama. Don't let Mitt Romney lie and make a fool of you...........be smart and set a good example for your children.....vote for Obama!

    October 21, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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  24. Dan, TX

    Don't bash our Chinese benefactors. Texas Loves China, they are not bad for America, they our good ally. Chinese firms will play a larger role than initially anticipated in a $2.5 billion power plant that will seek to generate cleaner electricity from coal in Texas.

    The state-owned Export-Import Bank of China, which had been expected to lend part of the money needed, will be the plant's sole lender, according to the project's Seattle-based developer, Summit Power Group LLC.

    China Petrochemical Corp., known as Sinopec, also will manage construction of a critical portion of the plant, it said.

    The changes mean that China will take a leading role in the project, which underscores the country's ambition to invest more heavily in the U.S. energy sector and play a direct—and more visible—role in managing technically challenging projects. The undertaking near Odessa, Texas, includes a 400-megawatt power plant and an adjacent chemical facility where coal will be turned into a clean, combustible gas to reduce pollution when the gas is burned to generate electricity at the power plant.

    October 21, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Mom3

    @Jessie P. – hasn't Obama made a fool out of you for the last 4 years...enough is enough!!!! Romney/Ryan!!!

    October 21, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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