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. Democrock

    Your boy Obama is going to lose in a landslide on Tuesday. Get your baby rattle and diapier on.

    November 1, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  2. buckwheat

    mitt the twit,the next president.true

    November 1, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  3. Proud Military Vet

    We can trust Obama:
    He promised to cut deficit in half by end of first term (it went up by 60% in 4 years)
    He promised unempolyment under 6% by end of first term (23 million out of work)
    He promised to close Gitmo (still open)
    He promised to cut healthcare costs (up by $2,500 per family)
    He promised to not raise taxes on poor and middle class (Obamacare mandate = tax, further cigarette tax)
    He promised to end income taxes for seniors making less than $50,000 (wasnt part of stimulus and never brought up again)
    He promised to prevent drug companies from blocking generic drugs (no bill submitted)
    He promised to double federal funds for cancer research within 5 years (less than 2% annual increase)
    He promised to require employers to provide 7 sick days per year (bill never got out of committee in Democratic-controlled Congress)
    He promised to allow five days of public comment before signing bills (several laws passed without that, including Obamacare)
    He promised to hold healthcare discussions live on C-Span (discussed in closed sessions and passed without public opportunity to read it.)
    He promised to support a human mission to the Moon by 2020 (cancelled Space Shuttle program)
    He promised to reduce earmarks (pork) to 1994 level of $7.8 Billion ($15.9 Billion in 2010 when he had Dem majority in Congress)
    He promised that "within one year of becoming president, the entire White House fleet will be converted to plug-ins as security permits (not even close, even excluding security vehicles)
    He promised he would "turn the page on the ugly partisanship in Washington” and pass a bipartisan agenda in Congress. (Congress set records last year for just how polarized it has become).
    He promised in the first year a comprehensive immigration bill (no bill promoted or supported by Obama)
    He promised to unite the country (Country has been most divided in recent memory)

    November 1, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  4. Bob Vedari

    Who cares? We'll see for ourselves soon enough.

    November 1, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  5. JB

    I'm voting for Obamney! The best of both worlds.

    November 1, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  6. volson

    you're the twit to be foolish enough to stand by a president that's added nearly 5.6 trillion debt to our country, much more than Bush added & in half the time, (4 years instead of 8) 23 million unemployed while he spent the majority of his time ramming through this Obamacare that the majority of people don't want, all the while saying he was focusing like a laser on jobs. suppose you're another Dem that thinks it takes more than 4 years to dig us out of this mess, when we're headed in the wrong direction. if he can't turn the economy around after spending 5.6 trillion, it's time to fire him and get someone who can. Go Mitt!!!

    November 1, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  7. Dreamtime2012

    I predict that the Romney/Ryan ticket will win by a landslide.
    Although the Liberals are insanely confident, tgheir hostility and defensiveness speaks for itself.
    Fortunately their are too few of them and too many people that feel we can do better, and that the country can do better.
    Farewell Obamanation!
    GO MITT!

    November 1, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  8. James Madison

    Practically all of the major news outlets are in overdrive to convince the public that the polls are in Obama's favor. CBS abases itself in it's cringing efforts of twisting the news for the president's advantage.
    A landslide is coming, and it will hit the socialists broadside.

    November 1, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  9. Terry Moore

    God is with us..........Romney will be our next president for 8 years to fix this awful obama mess.

    November 1, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  10. Robert Boehm

    It's not that Obama's a bad man; he's just an incompetent president. If you can't run on your record after 4 years, you don't deserve re-election. Thank you; that's all!

    November 1, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  11. still waiting on moderation

    Mitt's pouring money into solid dem states cuz he's got it to vurn and his people are hoping for a miracle. Not gonna happen, but thanks for doin your lil part to stimulate the economy! :D

    November 1, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  12. Robert Boehm

    Trying to inspire people to vote for Obama is like trying to talk someone into having one more unsuccessful rectal surgery.

    November 1, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  13. BillR

    Mitt can certainly balance a checkbook, and he's earned the chance to balance the nation's checkbook. If you research the results of Mitt Romney's efforts throughout his career, it is clear he CREATES wealth in whatever he touches, diametrically opposite to Barack Obama's career efforts where everything he touches DRAINS wealth and creates a cascade of negative consequences, leaving everyone around him holding the bag. Vote for personal liberty, vote for Romney/Ryan.

    November 1, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  14. jfkjax

    What is most obvious remains to be the determination by the people of America next Tuesday. An objective statistical analysis of opinion polls will show two things. First, Romney holds a substantial lead over Obama, so much so that he will probably garner more than 300 electoral votes. Second, reporting of the polls and the actual skewing of the results hides the true results from the public. This is unfortunately a most glaring reality of so-called "news outlets" of today. That is, most corporate news services are not really news services at all, they have lost the fundamental essence of what "news" is all about. They have lost virtually all objectivity to the degree of not even a modicum of such remains.

    November 1, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  15. DR Krunk

    In 5 days Obama will be easily re-elected. Simple as that – there is no path for Romney to the electoral votes necessary. Anyone who says otherwise is ignorant of the facts on the ground, or is knowingly lying.

    November 1, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  16. Pouncekitty

    It is nearly impossible to believe people can be so dumb again and re-elect the loser, the incompetent, the divisive and hateful Barack Hussein Obama, America's worst president. How can people be so dumb? He promised everything to leftists and delivered ZERO. But they still worship at the shrine of stupid hopey changey garbage. Thank a Republican for saving your bacon, you dopes! Republicans will restore your savings, your investments and you lives. Stop hating, vote for Republicans. Vote success, not failure.

    November 1, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  17. MA Peter

    The election will be a rout for Romney/Ryan over Obama/Biden according to my analysis along with Dick Morris. Barak hasn't polled 50% or over consistently, so he'll lose. Undecidedes historically vote against the incumbent. I predict Rep. candidates will get over 300 electoral votes while the Dems will get more than 100. Reps retain the House and win the Senate.

    November 1, 2012 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  18. klg1956

    We are five (5) days away from fundamentally transforming Obama's butt back to Chicago.....yeah!!!!

    November 1, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  19. DefendThyself.com

    Hey Axlerod, what are you going to do to pay the rent after Obozo looses???

    November 1, 2012 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  20. greg

    If Obama wins its good bye to America. . . . but no matter which one wins . . . JESUS is King and is coming back soon !

    November 1, 2012 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  21. greg

    After what obama has done in Bengazi, how could anyone in their right mind vote for him
    ?

    November 1, 2012 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  22. ken holmes

    the stink of BENGHAZI is on Obama, and he cannot get it off.

    Mitt wins going away.

    November 1, 2012 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  23. fernace

    If you want the Corporate States of America, vote for Romney! If you want to keep the egalitarian society we so proudly have nurtured for the past 50 yrs, do yourselves a favor & vote for Obama! He will take us Forward, not back to 1912!! Obama/Biden 12!

    November 1, 2012 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  24. WINative

    It is interesting to watch the Dems as the Romney Campaign goes on hard offense. The Dems squeal like little girls every time they have a real contender. They're not used to a real fair fight. The Dems in the country remind me of the Arab countries that attack Israel, then get beat by God's people followed by a cry to the UN to get Israel to stop defending itself. 2010 midterm redux on Nov 6th.

    November 1, 2012 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  25. greg

    4 more years of hope and its over for the economy. anyone with a basic economics degree could see this. i don't care who wins but whoever does needs to address the issues and ease back on the handouts.

    November 1, 2012 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
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