Mitt Romney thanks major financial backers
November 1st, 2012
05:46 PM ET
1 year ago

Mitt Romney thanks major financial backers

Washington (CNN) – In between campaign stops, Mitt Romney Thursday joined a conference call to thank his campaign's major financial boosters, CNN has learned.

Speaking to members of the campaign's national finance committee, Romney acknowledged the work they did over the past two years helping to raise over $800 million for the campaign and the joint Republican victory effort and said he wasn't sure how to show his appreciation besides telling them, according to one of the participants.

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The effort by these donors and bundlers was critical in helping to keep Romney competitive financially. He is the first Republican nominee not to accept federal matching funds for the general election. Because of that decision Romney has been able to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on campaign ads in the general election and not have to abide by strict spending limits.

He told these key backers the enthusiasm he sees on the campaign trail is helping to keep him motivated in the closing days noting the large turnouts and fired up crowds.

He vowed to have a very aggressive travel schedule over the next four days saying he would be visiting most of the major battlegrounds.

Before he joined the call the campaign finance chairman Spencer Zwick and pollster Neil Newhouse briefed the participants, who gave at least $50,000 to the campaign or raised at least $250,000. Zwick said the campaign is fully-funded and thanks to their efforts they have had the needed resources.

Newhouse said the campaign is still going with its previously outlined 3-2-1 strategy: take back the 3 historically Republican states (Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia); win the 2 key battlegrounds of Ohio and Florida and then capture at least one other key battleground (possibilities include Colorado, Nevada, Wisconsin or New Hampshire). He said he believes the campaign is very competitive in Wisconsin and Virginia.

He tried to reassure these donors and bundlers saying Romney is mostly tied in many of these battlegrounds. While President Obama has a lead in many states it is often within the polls sampling error, he said. Also he pointed to how nationally Romney is doing better with independents than the president.

Campaign officials discussed how they are spending money now in Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

There is increased attention in these closing days to Pennsylvania. A Franklin & Marshall poll released Wednesday shows the president leading Romney 49% to 45% down from a 9 point lead Obama enjoyed in September.

Some additional supporters are traveling to Pennsylvania to beef up the campaign's presence there. As of Wednesday evening, the Romney campaign has bought $1 million worth of television time in the state for ads to run between now and Election Day and is running radio ads there as well.

Obama campaign officials say they believe they will win in Pennsylvania but will not cede any ground to Republicans. To counter Romney and increased buys by Republican super PACs, Obama has bought $1.4 million with of ad time there as well.

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Larry in Houston

    he may very well take the keystone state – most of the steel mills have been shut down for years – and the unions isn't as strong in the keystone state. As a person that used to live in the very next state for 47 years – they've been shipping in steel from China & Korea – into the U.S. by sea containers – and it's coming into the port of Houston, practically on a daily basis , among the sea containers coming in every day, gets loaded on tractor trlrs – that goes to all the Wal – Marts, all over this country.
    Vote: Bronco Bama – 2012

    November 1, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. Observer

    I don't know about the Cayman Islands but when he loses, he will have to by the twelve pack of knee pads. Probably should pick up a dozen for Ryan as well.

    November 1, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  3. donlyn

    Romney and Ryan are into the race for the MONEY! Look at the "super packs" that toss money into his running for president and know that he is ON THE TAKE. He doesn't have a clue about middle class or the poor, he cares about money. If by some dumb luck he wins (like Bush did) he will ruin womans rights, the elderly with SS and Medicare. This mud slinging he is doing at the President is what he does best next to NEVER answering a question! I hate the way he always runs his mouth after interrupting people and when they want to speak he comes back and says :I'm stll talking". Mitt, shut up, that is the best thing you can do!

    November 1, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  4. me

    Mitt has class. The o never thanked a single contributor. Funny how the republicans always show more class.

    November 1, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  5. Reggie from LA

    And he will continue to thank them with YOUR tax money that YOU'RE always whining about. "Obama wants to keep spending and spending"!! Wait til you get a load of what Mitt's going to spend YOUR money on. Bwahahaha.

    November 1, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  6. aaron

    They should be thanking him for essentially taking their bribes to act in their best interests for 4 years in the unfortunate event that he wins.

    November 2, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  7. Craig RB

    How could they back such a phony?

    November 2, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. PNWjim

    It sounds more like someone saying "I'm sorry about loosing all your money on what I thought was a pretty sure thing. I mean come on, a black man and a bad economy.And I'm still loosing. My bad!"

    November 2, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  9. John

    The rich is supporting the rich, what's new here? Btw, based on the size of Romney's own assets (hidden or not), why does he still need money from other rich folks? Maybe he does not want to spend his own money. Why do rich folks supported Romney? Oh yeah, Romney wants to abolish FEMA and privatize it, so that those rich folks are going to make money from others' misery. Well, haven't they been doing that already?

    November 2, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Romney = W

    Bush (W) is in the Caymen's giving a lecture on how to "offshore" to "beat paying taxes" - quite the patriot, isn't he? NOT

    November 2, 2012 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  11. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    All of that money from China and the Koch boys.

    November 2, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
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