President Obama to wrap up election campaigning in Iowa
November 1st, 2012
12:08 PM ET
5 years ago

President Obama to wrap up election campaigning in Iowa

Washington (CNN) - President Obama will wrap up his re-election campaign Monday with a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, his campaign announced Thursday. Early Monday, Obama will be stumping in Wisconsin and Ohio before heading to Iowa. The Monday stops will cap a weekend of cross-country campaigning.

Iowa was crucial to the president's 2008 victory – both his win in the state's caucuses that helped propel him to the Democratic nomination, and he captured the state in the general election with a 54%-44% victory over John McCain.

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He has visited the state at least 11 times this year.

While the state only has six electoral votes, they could be key depending on how some of the larger states break.

Obama was at 50% among likely Iowa voters, and Romney at 44%, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Thursday. That's slightly tighter than earlier in October, though the result was just outside the poll's sampling error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points. A poll released Wednesday indicated a much tighter race in the Hawkeye State – the University of Iowa survey had Obama at 42.7% and Romney at 41%.

Mitt Romney will be ending his campaign Monday with an event in Manchester, New Hampshire – another small state whose four electoral votes could be pivotal. Romney, who has visited Iowa at least 14 times this year, will be stopping in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday as part of his last weekend campaign blitz. Republicans think Romney's campaign was got a boost from the endorsement of the state's largest newspaper, the Des Moines Register, last weekend.

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soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    WOW... campaigning in Wisconsin??? I thought the Obama loons said that was all locked up fro Obama?! I guess Obama is worried if HE is going there. Looks like things are really looking up for Romney if even Wisconsin is close enough for Romney to win.

    November 1, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Larry L

    The President has done a magnificent job. Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. Romney has no actual plans and flip-flops on every issue. Fact checkers prove Romney to be a pathological liar. Romney looks foolish when he tries to speak about world affairs. He has given nothing specific to explain why the math won"t work on his fluffy ideas for our economy. He plans to kill Medicare with a voucher system designed as a gift to insurance companies. Republicans have picked a real loser and America needs to continue recovering w/o another Bush in the White House.

    November 1, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. I'm voting Obama, because...

    PRESIDENT OBAMA is a rare find. He usually does the right thing, even when it is risky. For example, Hurricane Sandy provided great insight into the hearts of both candidates. ROMNEY cancelled events, only provided food for a photo op (evidence: he only went to swing states), and interrupted FEMA on Monday with a phone call. PRESIDENT OBAMA focussed on Hurricane Sandy and did his job at the risk of not campaigning, because Obama shows that people come first. Also, ROMNEY tried hard to get a photo op, while PRESIDENT OBAMA was blessed with photo op with Gov Chris Christie (the person Republicans really wanted to run for President) showing true bipartisanship. I choose Obama.

    November 1, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. weedouthate

    The President is best suited to weed out hatred and sow the seeds of peace and respect around the country and throughout the world.

    November 1, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Guest AGAIN

    The only specific Obama and his crew has provided is that we will specifically keep spending until we have nothing. 3rd world here we come! Take off the blinders and use your brain.

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012! Take back America!

    November 1, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. gt

    well its back to normal ..they dont need my help in new jersey....what a fake...sandy is not as important as me getting elected again,,,,pathedic

    November 1, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Steve- Illinois

    Iowa, Wisconsin,........what happened? Will Wisconsin Dems remeber when Obama was too busy campaigning in Minnesota, and Illinois, to "put on his comfortable shoes and march with them" when they needed him? Now the race is tightened up, and, like magic, Obama appears in Wisconsin looking for their votes!

    Going to be an interesting 5 days.

    November 1, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Guest AGAIN

    As I travel around Virginia I still havent seen an Obama/Biden banner and an American flag in the same yard! Enough said. Vote them out, save America! ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

    November 1, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. John, PA

    President Obama will wrap up his re-election campaign Monday – after Tuesday November 6, Mr. Obama can start looking for another place to live, another job although who would hire him given his job performance over the last 3 plus years.

    November 1, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Ready

    Yeah Bin Laden is dead but islamic fundamentalist terrorism is alive and well in Libya. And the jobs in Detroit are moving to China. He doesn't have anything else to run on, so time to try and Smear Romney again. Hope and Change I can't believe in.

    November 1, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Dr. Fricke

    Wisconsin is the "new Ohio" – and may likely be the state that tips the balance. If President Obama loses – many will look back at how he distanced himself from the unions in Wisconsin during the budget debate.

    November 1, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Lisa P

    truth hurts

    WOW... campaigning in Wisconsin??? I thought the Obama loons said that was all locked up fro Obama?! I guess Obama is worried if HE is going there. Looks like things are really looking up for Romney if even Wisconsin is close enough for Romney to win.
    November 1, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm
    I suspect it will be more of a "get out the vote" appearance to lock up our Senate race, and possibly any one of a number of House races (I still don't know where he's going to be on Monday). The latest Marquette poll has Obama pulling away. No real surprise there, but we do have to make sure everyone gets out and votes, 'cause in the end only the poll taken on Election Day matters.

    November 1, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Suz

    Dear "I'm voting for obama because",

    Gov Christie kissed butt because he had to in order to get help for NJ–not because he's a fan of obama!! Get real!!! He had to "assume the position" to help his state, nothing elsell!! I see that people already are complaining about obama's help being too slow! He'll screw this up just like he's done with everything else!

    November 1, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. kavukahn

    Iowa's evangelicals are breaking for Romney. Starting to look like Obama's appearance will be the bookend to four years rather than the start of four more. He is a nice guy, but there is that persistent issue of 23 million Americans looking for work, 47 million on food stamps and his attempt to run the country without a budget is bringing us $4 BILLION deeper into debt every single day. Having an economic plan would have been helpful, he chose to spend his time attacking his opponent instead.

    November 1, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. SoSad

    It's all about the electorial votes, yes Obama will win, thanks to the liar Romney. Romney was never liked by his own party because he lied so much. How many remember him saying "Cut FEMA out of the budget" "let the states take care of their problems" "Let's privatize it". The American people will not let him forget this, and he will not answer the reporters question on his statements.

    Give to the Red Cross, send money to help our brothers and sisters, and all our relatives on the East Coast, God Bless!

    November 1, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. jimini

    I am amazed when I read the comments on this and many sites. I can only think they are paid to write the positive comments about Obama.He is a total failure. Thankfully the majority of people see that the current administration will not get us back on the road to prosperity.

    ROMNEY / RYAN 2012! Hope for a real future.

    November 1, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Larry765

    I guess the President is supposed to lift and move all those buildings and debris by himself in order for you to really give him a shot? He is able – unlike Romney – to handle multiple things and campaign. The GOP is upset because the jobs, unemployment and foreclosures are all DOWN, and the employment, the economy and consumer confidence are ALL UP!! Even salaries are climbing despite conservative opposition. Wow, that is something to be PROUD OF. Romney has NO vision, no compassion or sense of anything, but getting richer and making it better for his rich friends. He is antiquated and a verifiable liar (ask automaker CEOs, etc.), a flip-flopper (changes position like the wind) and someone I believe would sell out the middle class to make a profit.
    Frankly, I am scared to vote for Romney, because if he is elected NOTHING he has said will kept except giving more tax cuts to the wealth, and making it harder for people struggling when natural disasters hit. He is AGAINST FEMA for Christ’s sake. Truly, pathetic and lacks understanding.
    Mittens is a putrid and the only reason people are siding with him is because they are negative, want to see their ethnicity back in the WH and finally, they will eat up the lies of a man like Mittens over the truth of what it takes to really move forward. Get over yourselves, and we will vote out the Republicans in the next round from the House so real reform for the middle class and protection from corporate greed can be sustained ALL while people will be hired by companies, small business creates jobs and we are regaining out technological superiority in the world thru research and development. RobMe & Rider hate real progress over cronyism and corporate dominance which is all extreme Republicans offer for this country. First, Mittens will lose then the Republican Party will be voted out. Tell Rush Limbaugh that from this former Republican voter. The party is TOO EXTREME; most Americans are willing to work hard for personal success. However, most decent, hard-working people are not willing to take from honest hardworking people to acquire and lie to get more money like Romney and disillusioned Ryan.

    November 1, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. cntrlfrk

    I don't know how any Working Class Taxpayer can support Obama and look their children in the eye with a clear conscience.

    Do you people have no souls???


    November 1, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Lane

    So all of you that have such a grand appreciation for Mr. all got to keep your jobs, your benefits, believe you have never been lied to in the last 3+ years? Mr. Obama has cost me three jobs in the last as many years. One in the space industry, one in the military industry and one with a large brand name computer company that sold out most of it's maufacturing and engineering capacity to China................yes, the very country that Mr. Obama has indicated that he would make accountable to such job market attacks. So why would I believe all that he is saying to us now??????

    November 1, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. anon

    Iowa is going Romney.

    I live 30 minutes from Davenport and Cedar Rapids and nobody gives 2 craps about Obama any more.

    November 1, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. SoSad

    Republican Party – Highjacked by the tea bagger – What a shame, Take Back America – 3rd World Mentality.

    November 1, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. techresmgt

    Obama is a magician. Don't believe me? Re-elect him next week and shortly thereafter he will make your job, your money, your bank account, and your peace of mind disappear all at once.

    November 1, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Lane

    Oh yes.............and let us not forget the humble (?) bow to international dignitary???!!!! He should be as considerate to the people of the US............after all, he is our temp employee who we just can't seem to fire.

    November 1, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Anne-Florida

    There is one thing that I will be very happy about when this election season is over and that is not having to read all the mean, horrible posts from some of you. You will be able to go back to your negative, dreadful lives. My hope for you though during the coming holiday season is to look at life more positive at this world and turn your lives around to be more happy and productive.

    November 1, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Lenin

    Go Obama!
    We need 4 more years of investments in solar industry. Have to kill coal so people can breeze fresh air. Everyone must have health insurance, food, housing, flat screen and iPhone. Everyone should have a dissent government job. We do not have to work hard, we just need to be smart. Replace capitalism with socialism, like Russia and China. We all should be working assembling iPhone 6. Tax the rich 110%, we do not need them. Establish Islam as the only peaceful religion in America. Put women in burkas, they can't even drive safely, no voting rights for women.
    Go Obama!

    November 1, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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