President Obama to wrap up election campaigning in Iowa
November 1st, 2012
12:08 PM ET
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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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    I feel very strongly about the importance of sending Howard Berman back to Congress. Howard is one of the finest elected officials in the nation and has been
    endorsed by both the LA Times and the Daily News.

    The LA Times says he is “an admired leader in foreign affairs, a clear thinker and the rare congressman these days who has friends and admirers in both political parties.”

    That’s why Brad Sherman’s false attacks on Howard’s foreign travel are so disturbing.

    In an incredible endorsement letter just released, President Clinton’s Secretary of State, Madeline Albright and President Reagan’s Secretary of State, George Schultz, said “reject Brad Sherman’s misleading campaign tactics.”

    The Democratic and Republican Secretaries of State go on to say “..When Rep. Berman has traveled, he as done so in service to our nation’s security... As
    Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he has worked . . to keep the American people safe. And take it from us – to do that effectively, international travel is required."

    Attacking the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for meeting with foreign leaders is just ridiculous.

    Professor Norman Ornstein, an election analyst for CBS News, just wrote a column that said: “Berman is an all-star, one of the very best Members of Congress I have seen, watched and known in 43 years of seeing, watching and knowing many of them.”

    I agree. Howard Berman is the best! Please cast your ballot for Congressman Howard Berman next Tuesday.

    p.s. If you feel the same way, forward this on to your friends and contacts!

    November 1, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. J. Davis in Knoxville, TN

    The President showed strong leadership skills in response to Hurricane Sandy. He is a kind, highly intelligent, and thoughtful person and I pray he wins next Tuesday. The Romney campaign should be ashamed for continuing to pound on the Libya situation. I personally believe ambassadors and staffs know ahead of time they are risking their lives in service to our country. I think the President wanted all the facts to come out before he jumped to assumptions like Romney who has absolutely no foreign policy experience–that was very clear from the last debate. I fear what will happen if somehow Romney gets elected!

    November 1, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. whtnationalist

    Neither party offered us a candidate who would send illegal immigrants home and put Americans back to work. The Washington Times reported that 2 of 3 jobs went to immigrants, something we here in Iowa already know. We are denied change through the ballot, sadly change through the bullet will be the result.

    November 1, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Kirk in michigan

    Sad but true, is the fact that george bush and dick cheney entered us into a war under a known lie, thousands dead many many more disabled, but your right, that pales in comparison to benghazi. how convenient your memory is, mine serves me well, and evenhandedly, your denial is indeed sad, the truth is out there, the last place you will find it is on fox news, get your head ou of the sand before you get us all fuked stupid

    November 1, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ laura ashley
    Crack kills dear.

    November 1, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    We will hear Benghazi, Benghazi until Tuesday night. It's all they have left. Too bad, you same people don't hold W responsible for the thousand killed 9/11/01 and in the subsequent wars.

    Stupid people want to go back to the same thing that got us into this mess.

    November 1, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. John K

    After reading all the posts it is clear that the liberals know they are in trouble. The longer the posts get and the uglier the comments the more I know they know Obama is going to lose. I cant wait to see them attack the grammar in that sentence lol

    Anyhow, most of America even most progressives dont like or respond positively to name calling and cheap shots, hysteria or post handles like dumbrepublicans or whatever childish name is used below.

    Hey good luck folks you are going to need it but even you guys know Obama is going to lose. And it is really jnteresting to see you reacting to that.

    November 1, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Kirk in michigan

    Hey critical, so tax evasion is patriotic, and draft dodging american as apple pie, you guys seem to overlook alot about your candidate, yet spew hatred towards the only one who can even hold a pretense of your best interests sad day.

    November 1, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @SadButTrue: "The press is giving Obama and the Dems a pass on the murder of our ambassador."

    I've posted this before and none of you righties have answered my question: If all President Obama cared about was scoring political points, then wouldn't it have been much better for him to STOP the Benghazi attack and NO Americans die?!?

    November 1, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. vanman12

    Seriously, you are comparing Hannity not covering Obama's visit to NJ to the cover-up of the Benghazi tragedy? This cover-up hasn't been reported on ANY of the mainstream media, including CNN. Your "blah, blah, blah" comment is disgusting and disrespectful to the four Americans who were murdered because your weak candidate didn't have the guts to do the right thing, and send those poor souls help. Help they repeatedly asked for and the administration repeatedly refused just so they weren't damaged politically. If there were a Republican in office you can be damn sure this would be the main story on every network.

    November 1, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. mother of three


    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.

    -------------------------------------------------Well stated! Go Obama 2012.. ALso a former republican voter! Until the extreme views change... this republican will continue to vote democrat.

    November 1, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Ready

    Ha, Obama up by 2 points in Colorado is not breaking news CNN, not to mention it's within the margin of error. I don't know what i'm more disappointed in lately, president Obama's performance as president or the sad state our biased media is in.

    November 1, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. LukeJohn

    Every poll released by the MSM seems to be heavily skewed in favor of Democrats – hardly surprising since they have a vested interest in seeing their chosen one get elected. takes these polls and corrects them mathematically to show more realistic results – they have Romney up 54% to 46% in Iowa and leading by just under 5% nationwide.- It's going to be interesting to see how this all plays out in the only poll that matters – the one on Nov. 6th.

    November 1, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Middle Class Independent Swing State Voter

    I can't wait until next Wednesday when Obama is re-elected and Americans can get back to business as usual. I can't tell you how sick I am of Romney the liar.

    November 1, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. David SFA

    Like Obama, the Communist Party of the USA pushes Marxism-Leninism as a means to remove Private Ownership and Wealth Redistribution. Class Warfare and the Welfare State is the stated goal. Capitalism is the Enemy.

    November 1, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Kentucky Burbon

    Wow what post, and what ignorance

    November 1, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. David SFA

    US President Barack Obama's Middle East policy is in ruins. Like no president before him, he tried to win over the Arab world. After some initial hesitation, he came out clearly on the side of the democratic revolutions. … In this context, he must accept the fact that he has snubbed old close allies such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Egyptian military. And now parts of the freed societies are turning against the country which helped bring them into being. Anti-Americanism in the Arab world has even increased to levels greater than in the Bush era. It's a bitter outcome for Obama.

    It's a bitter outcome for the United States of America!

    November 1, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Scott from ny

    Many of the posters here seem to conveniently forget that obama was a shoe in to win the election before he showed his true colors (or lack thereof) during the first debate. I watched a guy who has no vision for the future and no passion behind his convictions. What I saw as an empty suit, who was elected because of what he represented and because he spoke well when reading from a teleprompter. I saw a person who was never really qualified or ready to handle the job of president. the change and shift in momentum shifted towards Romney because voters could now clearly see who was best suited for the job. Sorry, but Obama will lose next week and will be rememebered for nothing more then wasted opportunity.

    November 1, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. mother of three

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    At the risk of repeating myself, let me repeat myself: Romney needs to be doing his GOOD-BYE tour. There is no need to leave this for the night of his concession speech on November 6th. Cancel New Hampshire and all points in between and start writing personal notes of apologies to the Koch brothers, Addelson, and all the other greedy yet hopeful 1%ers that thought thye could buy you into the Oval Office.
    Then there's the wailing and the screaming of the bloggers that you will unemployed and blubbering on this thread to contend with. I don't know what you can do for them besides make them dissappear with you.
    Best of nothing to you Mittens.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.


    AMEN!!!!!!! Yes Seriously America!!! Vote OBAMA 2012

    November 1, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. David SFA

    From 2007 to 2008, Obama funded ACORN who went into hiding after their Socialist Welfare Agenda using the Poor as Leverage surfaced. ACORN was found guilty of voter fraud in many U.S States, pushed Sub-Prime Mortgages and Wealth Redistribution.

    November 1, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. SPQR

    China is Communist.

    Mitt W. Romney has invested his money in manufacturing plants in CHINA that cause for Americans to lose their jobs to the Chineese.

    Comunism is bad.

    Mitt W. Romney is worst.

    November 1, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. David SFA

    Obama is counting on his Hoax and Change slogan. "In troubled times, the fearful and naive are always drawn to charismatic radicals."
    Remember Hitler (National Socialism), Karl Marx (Marxist Socialism) and Barry Obama (Progressive Socialism).

    November 1, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. NowYouKnow

    This is their last shot at socialism. They will not go away quietly. Get ready for crazy.

    November 1, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. SPQR

    JFK and his brother Bobby both were called Socialists/Comunists, because they wanted to improve the lifes of all Americans.

    Today we have the same extremists around being a threat to all Americans.

    November 1, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Harry O

    Obama should have his last rally in the living room radical Communist domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. That's where his political life started, after all.

    November 1, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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