Romney, Obama camps war over 'state of the race'
October 31st, 2012
05:39 PM ET
7 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."

- CNN's Rachel Streitfeld and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. MBW

    Mitt Romney is devaluing himself by continuing to campaign during a national crisis when the President is putting the interests of the people ahead of his own campaigning. An ethical person would stand down under this situation. Taking advantage of a national disaster to advance his chances of winning is unethical and not representative of true
    leadership. But then, when have we ever seen leadership characteristics from Mitt Romney. What we have seen is
    a secretive self-opportunist who hides his income tax returns, blatantly states that his interest is only in the top 53% of Americans, and blames the current administration because it hasn't repaired in four years the damage done during eight years of the previous Republican administration. Have some dignity man. With all of the unethical lies, misrepresentations, and dirty tricks coming from a desperate Republican campaign, how can you expect to be a popular president in the slight chance you win. Remember the Bush victory in 2000, with hanging chads and all the other irregularities.? Look what a disaster those eight years were. What with 911, two wars, and a near financial collapse, I don't want to go there again. Enough is enough. Do us a favor Mitt. Stand down.

    October 31, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Craig RB

    I'm a Republicrat...I can go either way and I'm voting for Obama and the main reason is that Romney is a major phony. I don't trust him.

    October 31, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Obama Ben Lyin, your goin down

    October 31, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Pat

    Mitt Romney winner by a landslide.
    Four Americans dead in Libya Obama lied, Hillary lied, Carney lied, Axlerod lied, Rice lied, two commanders removed from the field, Navy seals facebook page scrubbed. Three requests for help denied by the White House. Obama got caught in another gun running op with the Muslim Brotherhood and he lies to this day. Treason comes to mind.

    October 31, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Rick

    I think we'll all be glad when this is over!

    October 31, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    So Gurgy, how has the imposter improved your life in the last 4 years?

    October 31, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. fire0bama

    Fire 0bama next Tuesday!

    Romney/Ryan 2012!

    October 31, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Mark of the Wild West...

    Help us all if Obama is re-elected. There are millions of us who can't take it no more... Please vote for someone other than B.O. if you love your freedom...

    October 31, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. Danceswithtrees

    Mitt Romney deserves your vote. He has run a clean, competent campaign. He has laid out a 5 point plan to create 12 million jobs and provide cheap abundant energy for our hurting middle classes. Obama has ran the same devise "small ball" campaign of Big Bird, bindergate, and bayonettes, as he conveniently ignores Benghazi. Not cool man! Vote Romney/Ryan in 2012. "We don't gotta live like this."

    October 31, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. Luke,AZ

    President Obama is truly a great leader.From day one he has worked his butt off for us. He deserves 4 more years for any one of the following achievements; killing Osama bin Laden,saving GM and Chrysler, and enacting the Affordable Healthcare Act. Gov. Romney does not have a clue.

    October 31, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. Holsingers

    Both sides are spinning – but if you look to see where the candidates are investing their time and resources you will see that both Romney and Obama are now investing heavily in areas where Romney was not thought to have any chance and Obama thought they had it in the bag.

    Those of you who are full of scorn and ridicule for those of us who support Romney can say whatever you want – but we will speak with our votes and will look ahead to working together as fellow Americans with respect and gratitude. Gratitude that we still live in a nation where it is okay (in most places) to disagree.

    October 31, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. NoBama Soon

    Less than a week until the 2010 mid-term shellacking, part two. The end of an error, and the ousting of a completely unqualified community organizer who doubled the deficit, set records for unemployment, no budget, Americans on food stamps, on and on and on...One and Done!

    October 31, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Not again

    Obama lied about Libiya, fast and furrious. You can't trust Obama.

    October 31, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. TheUndertow

    What are you even talking about least he hasn't sealed his records. Now that is crazy.

    October 31, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Scratch

    I can't understand why anyone would ever vote for Obama. Career politician who makes promise he can't keep. Blame others. Cover-up and mislead. Never pass a budget.......

    October 31, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Ava

    We shall see...5 more days!

    October 31, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. anthony

    I can wait until LITTLE BARRY HUSSEIN gives his concession speech next Tuesday night.
    Americans are gonna reject the left's effort to socialize this great nation.

    October 31, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. coolcat72

    Romney is full of it obama 2012

    October 31, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Mike

    Axelrod again can't tell the truth. He said he'd shave off the mustache he has had for forty years.

    David- you were born 1955. Are you saying you have had that Mustache since you were 17?

    October 31, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. J.D. Lees

    Obama, America's very first Affirmative Action president. Vote on merit, not skin color. Vote for Romney.

    October 31, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. Paula

    If Mitt doesn't win..we can kiss the USA goodbye.

    October 31, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. anthony

    Ha Ha David Axelrod is headed towards defeat. The whole ugly mustache is coming off.
    FL, Vir Co. will turn red early.
    WI. OHio and Iowa will soon follow.
    At around midnight, Penn, Mich, and maybe Minnesota will complete the landslide.
    Bank on it.
    Don't forget the 8 Million Evangelicles, who hated McCain, turn out and surprise the whole configuration.

    October 31, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. sh00tz

    Looking forward to real leadership for the next 4 years and hopefully 8

    October 31, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. WakeUp

    Romney will take Florida. Living in the largest county in the state I have yet to see even ONE Obama sign. Every house on my street has a Romney sign in the front yard. Go ahead and take FL out of the toss up column, and I'll bet Ohio will follow suit.

    October 31, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Matt

    Obama's days are now numbered. I look forward to watching him lose and the meltdown of all of his sycophants. He lied to the American people about 9/11/12. There was no video protest and this fool lied while our people died. If this was Bush people including me would be angry so why does an idiot like Obama get a pass?

    October 31, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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