Romney, Obama camps war over 'state of the race'
October 31st, 2012
05:39 PM ET
2 years 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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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. mgiuseff

    5 more days for Obama to try to skate past what happened in Benghazi. Voters aren't stupid. Romney is going to win in a landslide. Then we'll see who the idiots are.

    October 31, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. Oger

    In 5 days, America will begin anew. It's not often you're given a second chance. America's experiment with the affirmative action president (what was his resume again before entering office?) nearly destroyed the country. Get out there and vote! Vote Romney / Ryan.

    October 31, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. dean

    It's amazing that the mainstreamers NEVER mention THE most accurate predictor of the last two presidential elections–the Rasmussen Poll. WHY, b/c he has Romney in the lead. One of the reasons why Obama may lose is b/c he only is getting 86% of the Dems–I guess the Hillary supporters of 2008 haven't forgotten!!!

    Go Mitt!!

    October 31, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Chef

    Can't wait for President Romney to turn America around. Finally an adult in the room.
    Romney/Ryan 2012 – I've voted

    October 31, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Lenny F

    Now our next election will be interesting since the truth leaked out about the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin's bus tour was really canceled last year? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate or chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she's not running? Sarah Palin isn't in this race and is now dodging the media because too many people know the truth.

    Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the BIGGEST cover up in world history before it disappears..

    October 31, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. carol sherman

    I am most impressed with the POTUS doing his job. Mr. Romney could do the people along the East Coast using those campaign funds to help those people, but all he can think about is winning. It goes to the character of the two. Obama knows he could lose by not campaigning, but sees that his job is doing what he is doing and that goes to character. Mr. Romney contiues to use false advertising, I think that shows his character. If our president does not have character then what is the point in having a leader?

    October 31, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Noah Fing-Whey

    Gurgyl – thanks for your insightful commentary...are you really Joe Biden? I noticed Messina said that Obysmal is not taking anything for granted. I bet that's true! Dems are scurrying from Obysmal's sinking ship left and right so they can't even take their base for granted.

    October 31, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. mike

    If Obama wins, America loses. In 2016, we'll have another $5 Trillion added to the debt. The dollar will be worthless. Inflation will be soaring. Gas will be $7/gallon. Real unemployment will be 15%. It's not rocket science where Obama's policies lead. Look at Spain and Geece. Spain is the world's leader in green energy and they're unemployment is in the 20s. Greece is the poster child for entitlements.

    When ObamaCare kicks in in 2014, it will be all over for America.

    October 31, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Jane

    Romney is going to make a great president!!

    October 31, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Triple A

    Who gave the order to stand down Mr. President. You have been asked twice now and refuse to answer... MainStream America is hearing you loud and clear.

    Time for some R & R come November...

    October 31, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. joe

    Wow, lot's of nasty attacks from the left in the comments. I guess that's only you can do when your record blows harder than Sandy.

    October 31, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Pat Cruz

    Like Obama, no plan, resort to name calling. Can't wait to Elect Mitt!

    October 31, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Name.lovemore (South Africa)

    God blessed democrats...republicans are like monsters who seek blood

    October 31, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. iambicpentamaster

    With more than 343 electoral votes, the election will be called for Romney at 11:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 6. Obama will garner no more than 194 electoral votes.

    The Left will predictably consume each other, blaming ignorant, racist voters, especially those in New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Minnesota.

    On behalf of the opposition, I'd like to personally thank President and Mrs. Stainmaker, for without them, this margin of victory wouldn't have been possible.

    October 31, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. Lies Lies Lies

    Obama is a snake and a straight up liar. Anyone who can leave our men to die in Libya deserves to be ousted. Not to mention he has taken this country into the deepest debt and economic collapse.

    October 31, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Name

    Obama spent 5 trillion of money we cant afford and accomplished absolutely nothing.

    October 31, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. JustAGuy

    The CNNs and the ABCs can claim the race is neck and neck with their plus 8 Democrat sampling all they want. On November 6th, they'll have a rude awakening.

    October 31, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. steven J

    You blew it, gurgyl. The comment section could have begun with an insightful viewpoint, but instead became littered with namecalling. Way to go.

    October 31, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. ls

    obama is psycho LIER coverUp with corrupt libs media

    October 31, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. Deo

    Obama is being President for Halloween or is he being a FEMA bureaucrat....anyway he is officially the worse president in history, an abject failure and an embarrassment to the office and America!

    October 31, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. gutz22

    what does it take America? the poor excuse for walking taking DNA pos that is currently struggling to retain power in the white house has shown his true colors.This man child is human waste, he is now literally getting away with murder as he sacrificed four American lives in Libya on his own self serving indulgent altar. He must be removed from office& then charged with treason.

    October 31, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. WhereIsPalin

    There is only one thing better than an Obama victory...........Ryan losing his congressional seat.

    October 31, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Al Gore

    Romney 2012!

    October 31, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Linda

    Obama has proven to be a liar on things that used to matter to Americans – national security, overseas security, taxes, health reform. He has shown himself during this campaign to be a man with very little class, someone who personally embarrasses me on the international stage. Mr. Romney may be far from perfect but the very fact is he seems NICE and deeply concerned about our country and the state of our national and international security. He empathizes with people well and his family is an example of his down hominess that I find attractive. He also seems intelligent enough to bring jobs to a failing economy. We gave the "change" man a chance – lets give the "dollar" man one too.

    October 31, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. Jay

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

    Why would the O admin. feel the need to impress anything upon their hand puppets? O says jump, bias media says "how high?".

    October 31, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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