Romney focuses on campaign rallies in final stretch
October 24th, 2012
10:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney focuses on campaign rallies in final stretch

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CNN) - With Election Day less than two weeks away and every minute meticulously scheduled, Mitt Romney's campaign stop in Iowa lasted a little over an hour.

He had landed in Cedar Rapids - his third of four states that day - for a quick stop with cheering supporters in an airport hangar about 30 paces from his campaign charter.

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"The Obama campaign is slipping because it can't find an agenda to help the American families, but our campaign is growing into a movement across this country," he said enthusiastically to the audience of about 2,300 in Cedar Rapids.

"I'm optimistic. Not just about winning – we are going to win, by the way," he continued, as the audience burst into cheers and chanted his name.

Romney's confidence has only grown since his three debates with President Obama this month, and in recent stops in Nevada and Colorado, the Republican politician has cast his candidacy as riding a growing wave.

"You see the president's status quo campaign going forward with the same ideas as we've seen over the last four years - it's why he's slipping and it's why our campaign is gaining," Romney told an audience of more than 10,000 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver on Tuesday night.

Now that his election effort has moved past debate season and the intensive fundraising schedule that dominated his time this fall, the Romney campaign is focusing on hitting key swing-state media markets, where the candidate appears with local politicians and delivers remarks lasting about 20 minutes.

This week, Romney will make stops in Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Florida and Virginia, according to local reports.

The emphasis on public speeches gives him little chance to be knocked off message by a reporter's question or an unscripted moment.

Romney has not sat for a television interview in more than a week, and a campaign spokesman would not say Tuesday whether the former governor of Massachusetts would grant a network news interview before the end of the campaign.

"Gov. Romney is looking forward to meeting with as many voters in these critical swing states and delivering them his closing argument about why he would be a better president," said senior adviser Kevin Madden. "I don't have anything for you on scheduling yet."

And as the campaign moved to blunt an effort by Democrats to tie Romney to an Indiana Senate candidate who prompted an uproar with his remarks about abortion after rape, traveling campaign spokespeople and senior aides made themselves scarce to reporters on the campaign charter Wednesday.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. To undecided voters...

    Just ask Massachusetts if they would re-elect Mitt Romney as Governor. They know his record best and this may inform your choice.

    October 24, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is the Obama record of a slow rebuild while the GOP House wouldn't do anything versus the Romney plan that can't help but blow up the debt because of reduced revenue and the increase in military spending. I think that I would go with the slow growth of Obama rather than the questionable plans of Romney. Could you imagine how much further we'd be along with a cooperative Congress? We actually might have unemployment down to about 6% or 7%.

    October 24, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. keith

    I can't let this go, I just read Mourdocks apology, are you kidding. Mourdock, rape is a violent forceful sexual act against another person usually a woman without that person's consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or with a person who is incapable of valid consent. Mourdock stated; "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen. When a child a precious little girl is violently raped and gets pregnant that life is a gift from God and God intended for that precious child to get pregnant. I am thoroughly disgusted. Women of Indiana stand up and VOTE NO to this clown.

    October 24, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  4. vc

    The fact that Mitt cannot even carry the state that he was governor should say a lot about him.

    They were not happy with his leadership and he left a deficit among other detriments, so it sounds to me that he is INCOMPETENT to be president.

    October 25, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  5. Fortinbras

    No more tax cuts. No more flipflops. No more lies. No more Romney/Ryan, two weeks from now.

    October 25, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  6. Fortinbras

    If this guy wins, we are all financially doomed. His 5 trillion dollar tax scheme and 2 trillion dollar hike in defense spending is going to leave us in an impossibly deep hole. To those who think this next gigantic tax cut can create the kind of economic boom required in order for the revenue to cover the cut, you have your heads in the clouds. Mitt has absolutely no plans to help home owners. And theres nothing Mitt can do about the recessing world economy. Those two factors will not allow our economy to recover any faster than it already is recovering! Come on, fiscal minded Americans, start thinking already! We cant afford to cut taxes any further! We need to raise more revenue and cut spending or we will defalt repeatedly under an impossible amount of debt! What the heck are you people thinking??

    October 25, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  7. Fortinbras

    If he wins, and his hair brain tax scheme fails... and it will, he had better sell off the red states first.

    October 25, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  8. 2020

    Romney doesn't even understand what he is saying, how can we trust what he said.

    October 25, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  9. Nelson

    When Romney spoke today of the struggling single MOM, it revealed again his hypocrisy. Earlier in the campaign he referred to this very single MOM as one of the 47% Americans who are victims and made uncaring reference to to poor people whom he does not have to worry about. How come now he loves the 47% victims, poor people, and the middle- class? I am stumped by his forked tongue double talk & Romnesia.

    October 25, 2012 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  10. Marie MD

    I certainly hope that final stretch mimicks his non working wife "therapy" horse and he fails miserably.
    I would like to thank Jesse Jackson (and Sensata workers who have lost their jobs) for getting arrested in Freeport, IL so that the Sensata story is now front and center for everyone and not just on MSNBC (where it has been around for the last two weeks).
    This is the twit's version of those Americans jobs. Jobs go overseas and he can't bring back the thousand of jobs he already has sent to China because he and bain are not going to pay American workers (the vanishing middle class) $17+ an hour when they have slaves working for them for less than $1 in China.

    October 25, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |