President Obama to wrap up election campaigning in Iowa
November 1st, 2012
12:08 PM ET
2 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. Critical Thinking

    @MichaelEd: "A liar is no better than a thief. I wouldn't vote for a thief"

    This president is picking the pockets of future generations and you don't even realize it. Wkae up, he is stealing from us.

    November 1, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. redbloodedxy

    Here's to Iowa - the site of 0bama's pres!dental swan-song. You know the old saying about while on your way out, not letting that door hit you in the a– !!

    November 1, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. FrankA

    @joe: It's time for your medication joe.

    November 1, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Until Wheels Fall Off

    From a Red state in Dixie~

    Obamanos Amigos!

    November 1, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. laura ashley

    Obama and Hillary knew about Benghazi and lied. They are politicians facing a person who knows business. I am ashamed of my fellow Americans. Go to Janks Morton and watch What Black Men Think for a real view on what big government has done for the poorest Americans. Open your minds and stop thinking Obama, who rubs shoulders with GM, GE and helps his rich friends and the Banks with Bail outs. Yes George Bush gave Bail Outs too. He was just as wrong. Big government is bad for the people. Obama is moving it out of the way so he can Help the folks in the hurricane faster. Why not move it out of the way EVERY DAY!!

    November 1, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. CryBabies

    @gladiatorgrl... Really? grace and thoughtfulness? Romnesia, felon, chains, liar? Yes indeed...very graceful and thoughtful! How about being graceful and thoughtful to the families of those four U.S citizens that were killed in Benghazi 7 weeks ago? How about being graceful and thoughtful AND truthful with the American people about what happened? No, the dems do not want to bring this up right now as it may cost Obama his job! They are "stonewalling" this until after the election. But you know what?....He will still be a "liar" after the election. This guy has no character and even less backbone.

    November 1, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. laura ashley

    Obama and Hillary lied about the Video. They knew it had nothing to do with it. They tried to throw it out and hoped it would stick. With the media helping them, it almost did. Janks Morton, What Black Men Think.... Watch it and see why the growing welfare state is bad for America and why the Democrats propagate it for votes.

    November 1, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Kirk in michigan

    I noticed no matter what facts you preesent to a romney fan, they dont care, dont want to hear it, its all lies, mitt is a good christian man, boy are you in for a rude awakening, you've seen what he thinks,the whole 47% thing, and still stoic, blind faith can be devastating when reality parks its ass in your lap. no vote for draft dodging, tax evading liar. why do these things not matter to you?

    November 1, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. laura ashley

    OK, I have tried 3 times to use our President's name and our Secretary of States name and a certain city in Africa and it won't post. CNN, you should be ashamed!! Watch janks morton What black men think to see how to really help the poor in America and why the welfare state is wanted by the democrats to buy votes.

    November 1, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Barry In Las Vegas

    It's not going to do him any good. He has already lost Iowa.

    November 1, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. laura ashley

    this is the 5th time that CNN has censored my comment because of the two names associated with a problem with the attack in a city in Africa. Janks Morton What Black Men Think.... Watch....

    November 1, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Joan

    Annirich, that is the reason why CNN don't post your obsurd foolishness. Do you even have a brain? Even if you don't like Obama because of his race please come up with a better story. I don't even think FOX NEWS would come up with that nonesese you are writing. People the World is looking at us Americans, can we show that we at least have some common sense. If not, keep your foolish thoughts to yourself.

    November 1, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. laura ashley

    Now that is 6 you censoring pieces of crap. You are NOT for free speech and I will post on Facebook how many times you have refused the comments to be posted. You are statist!!!

    November 1, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. dnokc

    It's simple...just say NO to socialism.

    Romney/Ryan
    2012!

    November 1, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. CryBabies

    @ Circle R...Out here in Washington State...one of the "bluest" states around....we don't have too many critical thinkers. Just alot of union lemmings that cling to Obamas talking points. Most of them wouldn't know "homework" if it kicked them in their "donkey".

    November 1, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. laura ashley

    Obama and Hillary Lied about Benghazi and the video. They knew and we have many emails showing they knew. Our Press won't cover it. If this was Bush, it would be "Cindy Sheehan"ed, to death. And for good reason. All Presidents should have the Press watching over everything they do. WE THE PEOPLE NEED IT> BOO press for not covering it.

    November 1, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. truth hurts

    Obama would be able to get away with all these lies and BS if he didn't have a 4 year record of failure that dogs him. It worked for him in 2008 and he thought he could get away with it again. I guess he thinks the American people are complete morons that would falll for the same line of smoke and bs again.

    November 1, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. FrankA

    @Larry765: I sincerely hope you are wrong. Believe me, if the DEms take over in four years, America will be just another third-world socialist state. Your freedom will be gone, your wallet will be empty, and the elderly will be tossed under the bus because of Obamacare. Just to name a few.

    November 1, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Kirk in michigan

    As far as benghazi goes, heres logical thinking, i live near detroit, when i go there i know im enTering a dangerous and uncontrolable enviorment, im sorry the 4 men died, but they would be the first to tell you they knew the risks involved, that is the same for every cop, firefighter in the country. you can beat that drum til your ears bleed, you have no idea the complexities of that type of work, look how old hillary looks, that is the truth, your candidate did not have the chops for serving his country, noow that he can coach from luxury he's all in. a truly clueless man, very dangerous as well

    November 1, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. LIP

    Obama sure had his share of photo ops at the expense of the people in Sandy's path. He now knows what it was like for President Bush and even though you can talk like it will be okay, bottom line is it won't be for a long, long time. We are just people living in the wrong places and we will pay the price again and again and we should all put politics aside, to include the media.

    November 1, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Rachel

    If the mainstream press would do their job and report honestly about the Benghazi, Libya massacre this election would be over.

    November 1, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. jas106

    Obama (previously) said if he didn't get the job done in 4 years he would be a one-term president. During a campaign stop today he told a group of supporters that everyone knew it would take more than 4 years to get the job done. If Romney would have said it the media would be interviewing the etch-a-sketch/flip flopper crowd within the hour. Obama can say/do anything he wants to. The media and his supporters just ignore anything untrue and then find a way to blame Romeny. It really is amazing to me that the media can choose what news we get to hear. If it's negative about Obama they choose to ignore it. They helped elect Obama last time and it appears unless something changes they will get to choose for us in the future as well...

    November 1, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Willie Floyd

    WHY DON'T SOME OF YOU rEPS. CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN AND ASK WHY THE rEPS. REFUSED TO GIVE THE PRES. MONEY HE ASKED FOR TO IMPROVE SAFETY IN EMBASSIES??? How long do you think it would take Robme to start his FIRST war?? I'd bet 6 mos. tops if I was a gambler.

    Anyone who would vote for a LIAR is sick.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    November 1, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. jason of Iowa

    i just want the election to be over. So tired of the robo-calls. The economy is primed for recovery no matter who is elected. Even if romney gets the office, as long as he doesn't screw things up too badly (which admittedly, republicans are kind of famous for doing) we should be fine. Just be done with it.

    November 1, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Critical Thinking

    Iowa is one of his fire wall states, I think I smell something burning.

    November 1, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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