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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– 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. Anonymous

    "Romney simply does not care......these are the facts."

    No he doesn't. And yes these ARE the facts. And yes there are a great many Republican women who won't be voting for Romney, regardless of what the polling now suggests. There is still a great deal of advertising dollars to be had nationally and this is what is leading the polls now. Big revenue dollars. Millions upon millions of dollars. It has been too long ago now that our media has lead an honest campaign discussion. To date, ALL media talking points come from the Romney campaign. As long as Romney throws a few "I Like Women Too" commericals out for the media to grab, media revenues pick up and the polls immediately "tighten" his way to keep the conversation going his way. And of course Obama has to then follow up with his own campaign ads. Our corporate media wouldn't have it any other way.

    October 21, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Seth Hill

    You conservatives love to always label CNN as Liberal when they report something you don't like, but this headline proves you wrong. A neutral headline would have been "Obama votes early," but instead they wrote "Obama not voting on election day," clearly a right-wing slander.

    October 21, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. A new start

    CNN not liberal...now that is funny. Ask Candy Crowley. And, guess what? The abortion issue is old news and who cares. There is birth control in every store now and if you need an abortion...then you are most likely irresponsible...and would vote for the devil if you could.

    October 21, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Mom3

    @Anonymous – I doubt your statement but it's clear there are a number of women who voted for Obama in 2008 who have seen his ways and won't be fooled again!!!! I am one of them. Romney/Ryan 2012!!!!!

    October 21, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Mom3

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

    Your comment is a bit short on specifics ... how has Obama made a fool out of Jessie P. these past four years? One could argue that Romney/Ryan are making a fool out of you, but I doubt you're open minded enough to understand. No doubt you are a Leave It To Beaver fan and long for the "good old days" of vacuuming in dresses and high heels while repeating "yes, sir" to your significant other day after day.

    October 21, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. muffet

    Even though we had been forewarned of a tight, nasty presidential election, I truly believe this country does not want to go backwards. Doesn't make sense to have a man who states he doesn't care about 47% of the population to suddenly he does care when his polling started to decline. Americans simply can't be as fickle as he is.

    October 21, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. muffet

    Although we have all been forewarned of a tight nasty presidential election, I cannot make sense if individuals voting for a man saying he doesn't care for 47% of the population then suddenly saids he does when his poll numbers dipped. Our society cannot possibly be as fickle as he is.

    October 21, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. us_1776

    Yes, Obama is not voting on Election Day.

    Obama is voting before Election Day like millions of others.

    .

    October 21, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Mom3

    @Anonymous – I doubt your statement but it's clear there are a number of women who voted for Obama in 2008 who have seen his ways and won't be fooled again!!!! I am one of them. Romney/Ryan 2012!!!!!
    ======================

    You are one of what? A former Obama supporter now turned Romney supporter? Very unlikely.

    October 21, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Suzanne

    I'm a woman and I am voting Obama/Biden 2012 during early voting.

    October 21, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Doesn't make sense to have a man who states he doesn't care about 47% of the population to suddenly he does care when his polling started to decline. Americans simply can't be as fickle as he is.
    ===============

    Mom3 says she is. As fickle as Romney is.

    October 21, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Old Salt

    I don't understand why everyone isn't supporting Romney. After all, regardless of your position on any issue, he's been on your side at least once. If you don't understand the damage a Romney administration would do to this country, you slept through the eight interminable years of the Bush administration. The only thing preventing Obama's success was an intransigent House. If you blame Obama for that, you're really too dumb to be permitted to vote.

    October 21, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Mom3

    @Anonymous – how has Obama made a fool out of Jessie P.???? Are you kidding me??? Have you lived under a rock the past 4 years??? I will make this as plain and simple for you so you can understand....Obama has failed on his promises – our economy if you haven't noticed is in turmoil...Please take off your rosé colored glasses and face reality. As for your Leave it to Beaver comment – you know absolutely nothing about me...the color of my skin, how much money I make, where I live so please don't make judgements about how I live my life. You may disagree with me but don't judge me or my lifestyle.

    October 21, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. PJ

    @Dan, Tx:
    You really should do more research into Sinotec, before you greet them with open arms in Texas.
    Google: Sinotec and Chesapeake Energy Co.
    Canadian Endridge pipline investment,
    Sinotec's sewage dump controversy,
    etc, etc.
    They are a State owned company, and you are right, China wants to play in our backyard so they can eventually
    own us even more, certainly not because they care about America.

    October 21, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. scott

    If he had any Brains at all, but we all know he doesn't, he will cast his Vote for Romney!

    October 21, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. RSG

    Hmmmm... casting an 'absentee' vote? Well, I guess that fits. Using Air Force One for his campaign... really? Is he reimbursing taxpayers for use of government resources for his personal use? Wake up people... Obama has turned the presidential office into a circus of mismanagement and corruption.

    October 21, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. rick

    Vote Christian not Mormon

    Vote Obama!

    October 21, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

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

    By the same GOPers who are actively pursuing voter suppression, no less ...

    October 21, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    @Mom3: "@Jessie P. – hasn't Obama made a fool out of you for the last 4 years...enough is enough!!!! Romney/Ryan!!!"

    The fools are those voting for Mittens 'n' Munster who are proven liars and are proposing the same economic, military and foreign policies that are all PROVEN FAILURES that got us into this mess in the first place!

    I'm a mom of three, too – and I've mailed in my ballot for Obama/Biden and a straight Democratic ticket because I want my country to continue moving FORWARD!

    October 21, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Osilama Abu from Ontario,canada

    When all is said and done,on November 6th 2012 the whole world will wake up to a re-elected Barak Obama.The Republican Party can believe all the polls they want to believe,but will realise that reality does not make them acceptable.I see a lot of depression and dissappointment for what they thought they could forcibly win,through voters suppression and just saying " No" to everything attitude.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 21, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. A little sad

    megan

    On November 6 all this will be Over

    October 20, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm

    Lord, I hope so. However you know there will be many challenges to the election, no matter how spurious,

    October 21, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. BinaryTooth

    Does CNN want us to think that Obama is still in school? "All Nighter?" Gesh!!!!! Can't he just get the job done without telling everyone how hard it is for him to get things done?

    October 21, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. TheRealAmerica

    Muffet said: "Americans simply can't be as fickle as [Romney] is."

    ...Yes We Can

    October 21, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Barry In Las Vegas

    And how much is all of this campaigning costing us – the taxpayer? It's really sad that he couldn't find this kind of time and energy to fixing the economy and getting America back to work.

    The fact is – he has been campaigning for reelection since he got in the White House. First state he visited – Ohio. Last state he will visit – Ohio. He'll still lose. Pennsylvania has 2 more electoral votes than Ohio and Romney is winning that state.

    October 21, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. truth hurts

    The president will make phone calls to undecided voters while aboard Air Force One in between his tightly packed schedule of campaign stops.
    ===========================================================================================
    Isn't this using federal property for political purposes and thus ILLEGAL?!!

    October 21, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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