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

    Bring it home, Mitt. I want my castle to have a moat to keep those 47 percent out of my yard.

    October 31, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. moneymaker

    I voted for Mitt Romney early because I truly believe that he is better equipped to revive the struggling US economy than the current Administration. They have tried the Keynsian model (several times) and it has failed miserably, even by proponents' standards. We need a new strategy and Romney actually displays the business acumen America needs right now. No more fake green revolutions and hyper-subsidization of the state and federal bureaucracy. America can do better than it has tolerated in the White House for the past 12 years.

    October 31, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Sean Connor

    I have a simple statement that i know will turn out true.
    Obama will go down in history as the worst president ever in four areas.
    Militarily ,Economically ,Morally and Spiritually.
    I posted this in a sealed letter to my children the day he was elected.

    October 31, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. Obamanation

    Grow up.... Realize you don't want to live in an abomination that is the ObamaNation.

    October 31, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. MORTON FAUVES

    Just nread about how the last jobs numbers were fixed by the administration to make Obama look good. Within 48 hours, the lie will out. The true numbers were a disaster. Since most Obama supporters lack the mental capacity to understand what this guy has done to them, it will probably not affect many votes.

    October 31, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Justeeny

    Already voted for Romney. Can't wait for election results.

    What do people care about?

    CNN asked 457 voters which candidate showed the most skill and knowledge in economic issues and leadership skills during the second debate:

    On the Economy:
    Romney- 58%
    Obama- 40%

    On Leadership:
    Romney- 49%
    Obama- 40%

    On the Deficit
    Romney- 59%
    Obama- 36%

    On Taxes
    Romney- 51%
    Obama- 44%

    This is the stuff that matters!

    October 31, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. Willy Brown

    Barry will have a job in Rham's office as making copies for him

    October 31, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. Total American

    I love it how the liberals, finding nothing positive to say about Obama's record, continue with negative attacks on Romney that really don't have any basis in fact, or make any sense. America will choose the decent, family oriented, proven leader in this race – Romney.

    October 31, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. Heather

    It will be astonishing if Obama pulls off a win!! The Democrats need to realize that Obama and the extreme left have overtaken the party. There is danger in anything to the extreme. His policies don't work for America. I think that being a Democrat is a cultural thing and not necessarily about issues. I suggest that everybody take some of the political aptitude tests on the internet before voting. I think people would be surprised at where they really stand politically after taking the test.

    October 31, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  10. enuff

    Maybe God sent in Sandy so people could actually see who the strongest presidential candidate truly is. It isn't Romney... a few bottles of water and canned goods do not take care of the thousands who have gone through this.

    October 31, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. Name

    Romney is a man with vision and integrity.

    October 31, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. Tina

    Wow. What a perfect example of an Øbama-voter you are Gurgyl.

    NØBAMA 2012

    October 31, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. Rob

    That is all you can do is call names. Why not come with some positives of Obama's last four years. Oh yeah. There are none.

    October 31, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Axelrod could maybe argue that he feels so-so about the state of the race, but there aint no way he feels "very, very good" about how things are shaping up. Someone should tip him off that he might be more believable if he didn't exaggerate and over-act so much?

    October 31, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. Grand Medecine

    Axelrod could maybe argue that he feels so-so about the state of the race, but there aint no way he feels "very, very good" about how things are shaping up. Someone should tip him off that he might be more believable if he didn't exaggerate and over-act so much?

    October 31, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. Rick Simm

    Obama is done, you can put a fork in him! Only the LameStream Media and the CorruptMedia are reporting a dead heat.
    It will be a landslide for the Republicans. The Republicans will control Congress, the Senate and the Presidency.
    You Libs had better get use to real change. You aren't going to like it!
    You won't hear anything more about Benghazi until AFTER the election and that will be damning to Obama.
    Obama call the SEALs and they got bin Laden.

    When the SEALs called Obama, THEY GOT DENIED.

    October 31, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. Geosota

    Romney is going to win New Jersey.

    October 31, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  18. fonzie

    Obama is an Obummer who believes Americans are too stupid to work for what they want and to provide for themselves. He hates white people, hard working people and successful people. And he hates America.

    October 31, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  19. DENNA

    Mittens, why don't you try some ads that outline your financial plans for America. All you do is put out lies, lies and more lies. Why not level with America about your plans for our future.

    October 31, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  20. Ancient Texan

    Mitt loves America and is the best hope for our survival. Obama has tried and failed, fire him.

    October 31, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. carlb

    cant be worse than a empty suit coward. see you next week with his concession speech. i am sure it will be priceless and inane and blaming bush for his problems. i will be praying for 3 brothers who got slaughtered for that cowardness!

    October 31, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  22. MarieMD

    The twit can't even sound as if he really has a heart or compassion. He is so wooden!!!
    How can that woman stand being married to him? Oh right, all that money. What does that make her?

    October 31, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  23. libmediashallcry

    Get ready for the liberal media to cry buckets when their savior loses when a landslaide of Americans FIRE OBAMA.

    I've never been more pumped to vote, ever.

    October 31, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. jtnichol

    Obama re-elected = Economic failure plain and simple

    October 31, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  25. natali

    Vote for Obama if you want – O(bama)B(iden)EY BIG GOVERNMENT
    If you're smart enough to vote – Vote for Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 31, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
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