Romney, Obama camps war over 'state of the race'
October 31st, 2012
05:39 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney, Obama camps war over 'state of the race'

(CNN) - Who has the momentum in the race for the White House, President Barack Obama or GOP challenger Mitt Romney?

Each campaign says they do, and are seeking to impress upon reporters that point.

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"A week from today, we will know hopefully the outcome of the election and we believe that Mitt Romney will be the next president of the United States," Russ Schriefer, a senior adviser to Romney's campaign, said Wednesday afternoon in a conference call with reporters.

Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod cited poll and early voting numbers in a separate call a few hours earlier, saying, "We feel very, very good about the numbers that we're mounting up in those states."

Their efforts come with only six days remaining in the presidential contest and after several days of campaigning were scrapped as Superstorm Sandy battered several eastern states. On Monday, Obama's campaign held a call with the same theme, and earlier on Friday, Romney senior adviser Kevin Madden told reporters traveling with the candidate that Democrats were feeling under pressure.

"I think in many of these states where the Democrats considered those to be locked down, safe states that they weren't going to have to defend, they've now gone up with - they're now pouring resources into those states," he said. "They have to put up ads on the air, and I think that shows that they're playing defense, whereas when we've gone in with resources to many states, it's because we're playing offense, that we have an expanded map now to get to the, our electoral of 270."

Madden's briefing took place on a flight from Miami to Tampa, Florida, and was the first time in several days the campaign has held an on-the-record briefing for reporters.

The Romney campaign described their newly-developing effort in Pennsylvania - where they have announced an ad buy on Monday and Tuesday of next week - which Democrats have said is a bluff to show confidence.

"As you looked at the numbers in Pennsylvania starting to close it became a very interesting place for us to go in," Romney's political director, Rich Beeson, said. "And when you look at the issues in Pennsylvania, when you look at the absentee ballot numbers that are playing out there - and we are significantly over performing in those - Pennsylvania is a place that we decided to wade into as a path to 300 electoral votes."

Only 270 electoral votes are required to win the presidency, and the CNN Electoral Map predicts Romney holds 206 and Obama 237 with 95 among eight toss up states.

On Monday's Obama call, campaign manager Jim Messina said of Pennsylvania, "We're not going to take anything for granted."

Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said on his candidate's conference call that the race comes down to winning among independent voters.

"We lead among independents," he said. "If you take a step back from this you'll see exactly what this is, which is a very tight race that is very far from being decided right now."

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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. lucianne

    The president out touring the country and getting rave reviews from Governor Christie – and Romney holding foor drives when the Red Cross specifically says they need money and blood donations, no food, no clothing. Romney looks less and less useful; if you really, really loved McCain, you will probably like Romney, otherwise maybe not so much.

    October 31, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. lucianne

    So its okay to call Mitt the Twit a psycho but I can't report that the Red Cross wants money and blood donations because that needs moderation? Every time I start to like CNN again, they pull this kind of stunt and I get over it. I also notice that it only happens when I post something anti-Romney. Maybe there is an agenda.

    October 31, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Phil

    It's True, Romney places ads in MN, MI & PA. If it was a bluff or it had no affect Obama wouldn't react. Instead Clinton was sent to MN. And Clinton draws a bigger crowd then the President being the Dem Poster Boy. And Obama's campaign has made Ad buys in both PA and MI. Obama is on the defensive right now which means that the momentum is Romney's. Kinda common sense if you think about it.

    October 31, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. becky

    Here we go again. First, 12 million jobs but Mr. Romney has not told us how he will accomplish this. He does want to increase the size or our military so there will be new jobs financed by the tax payer and added to the deficit.

    He wants to bring jobs back The same jobs that he helped to send overseas or to outsource.

    China – well China is interesting. CEO's sent their manufacturing business to China. Products came pouring into the USA. We bought these products without any thought that they were made in China and that jobs were taken from our own workers. We are still buying and buying. Go into any store and count the number of items that are made in China. We need to blame ourselves, the companies and their leaders, and the politicians. No one tried to remind us to buy local.

    The War – well we have received emails from folks who have loved ones fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and who are asking us to seriously consider re-electing President Obama. They give very strong reasons for his re-election.

    We received some pro-Romney mail as well. None of it was quite so compelling. Combine that with our experiences in Massachusetts when he was Governor and there is no question as to who will receive my vote. Barack Obama!

    October 31, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. al in memphis

    So much money spent blowing smoke and hot air. So much for technological advances in communication.

    October 31, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Frank

    There is no way they are going to turn any states from democrat to republican at this point. Pennsylvania can look close but election is tuesday.. theres just no way.. the only states that can change something is virginia, florida, north carolina, nevada, colorado... thats it...

    October 31, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. babak

    ROMNEY is a great leader!he will stop Syrian goverment !He wiil stop iran!اhe will not say to Vladimir Putin I do what you order after election MASTER !obama is not honest!he will do a lot of thing Amercian dont like after electoin! BUT ROMNY will fix economy!and he is a wise man !unlike bush and obama!

    October 31, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. sayer

    So tired of weeing Mitt on TV pretending he cares about people hurting. Clearly he is a different person behind closed doors. We're not buying it, Mitt.

    October 31, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Romney the tax cheat you can go to sleep now and when you wake up on Nov7 , Obama will still be the president!!!!!! Go home and count your ill gotten gains you bum and bully .

    October 31, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. John

    Globescan/BBC International US presidential preference poll of 22 democracies 22 October 2012

    21 of 22 Countries prefer Obama 50% to Romney 9% No preference 41% (On average)

    Some countries France Obama 72% Romney 2% 26% no preference
    ............................Australia " 67%
    .............................Canada 66%
    .............................England 65%

    Romney's only country who prefers him Romney 14 Obama 11 No preference 75% is Pakistanj

    Israel supports Obama by 53% to 27% despite claims to the contrary by Romney

    October 31, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. gius

    There's something very strange about this Romney guy.There's a lot more in his closet than Ann's wigs and his tax returns.This guy lies about everything. His church said "Lying for the Lord "is okay.I don't think so!

    October 31, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. Joyce

    The Republican party hates our President so much that they are willing to do anything to make him a one term President. They will fail, because the American people know what they did to us. They put themselves above the people that put them in office.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 31, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. Leftcoastrocky

    Romney clearly CANNOT be trusted or believed.

    " Mitt Romney's meandering statements and plain falsehoods about the auto industry finally caught up to him earlier this week when he told a big whopper that cannot be squared with the truth during a speech in Defiance, Ohio. He said that Jeep, the American icon and great Toledo institution, "is thinking of moving all production to China."

    Everyone paying attention to the election called him on it. Chrysler Group LLC has set the record straight, stating it has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America."

    October 31, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. Simon

    I totally believe that OBAMA will surely take a second term

    October 31, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. Proud American

    Mitt Romney 2012. It is time for someone else to take over and leads this great country. No more food stamp, no more high Deficeit. Wake up America. Can't afford 4 more years of the last 4.

    Come on America

    October 31, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. Phil Thomas

    Funny, it would be possible to believe them and go agaisnt every pollster & every one who sees it the exact opposite way they do if. Then theres the pesky little fact that this is a campaign that has lied every step of this Election Season. The desparte TV adds and being scorned by GM and Chrlyser for lying don't exactly exude confidence they reek of desperation. There is one percent of me that does believe something can happen and that is because the RNC has worked so hard to disenfranchise voters, steal elections, it makes you wonder if you know something we don't

    October 31, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. John

    GOP ad in Ohio................Obama is going to ship Jeeps jobs previously done in Ohio to China.............minor problem, no one called Jeep......Jeep statement "this is an outright lie....Ohio Jeep jobs will increase, not decrease......this is the most blatant outright lie of the entire campaign......Wonder why the GOP would not bother to call Jeep to get the truth?

    October 31, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. jinny

    I pray to God Romney wins and brings a little stability back to our fractured nation.

    October 31, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. TJG

    Romney is going to win in a landslide and no one even likes him.

    Romney will win only because Obama has proven to be a complete disaster.

    October 31, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. 6 MORE days until Obama is RE-ELECTED !!

    The Twit's campaign, still loaded with Bush advisors is doing it's best to spin the failing effort in a positive light by spending HUGE amounts on ads. While the POTUS is addressing the disaster that was Sandy, Willard is having his campaign crew but water, diapers (???) and clothing – just in case no-one shows up donate – HUNDREDS of miles aways in the safety of the "battleground" states of Iowa and Ohio !!!!!
    Meanwhile, he's off campaigning in Florida in the hopes that the right-slanted Rasmussen "polls" are going to help him. If anyone is un-decided at this point, they really need to get educated.

    Mitt has no platform but some ridiculous, unsupported 5-point plan (Reagans old one?) to improve the economy by trying the same old failed GOP policies of the past.. UNFUNDED Tax cuts... we saw how well Dubya's worked in creating jobs, eh?

    The way foward is obvious,.,. Obama/Biden 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. mgiuseff

    5 days for Obama to skate past Benghazi. Voters aren't stupid. Romney will win in a landslide. They we'll see who the idiots were who voted for four more years with Obama/Eric Holder.

    October 31, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Steve

    When Obama called the Navy Seals to kill Bin Laden they answer the call, when the Navy Seals called Obama for help in Libya, Obama hung up! Enough said!

    October 31, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Pander Bear

    If you have to resort to another lie about Jeep moving to China, dodge questions about defunding FEMA during a natural disaster and suspend any appearances where your candidate may risk sticking his foot in his mouth for the umpteenth time, you can't claim that you have 'momentum'.

    October 31, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. Willie Floyd

    Did I just hear someone say Robme is now proFEMA??? FLIP FLOP. Do you Reps. planning to vote for this moron go to sleep wondering which one will show up if he's elected??

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 31, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. Matt

    Romney/Ryan 2012! 5 more days!

    October 31, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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