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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  1. SPQR

    All you have to ask yourself,

    how is Mitt W. Romney going to create 12 millions jobs in the U.S.

    while he still owns manufacturing plants in Comunist CHINA.

    How ?

    You tell me.

    November 1, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. David SFA

    The US government so far has lent, guaranteed or committed to $12.9 trillion so far. Add to this asset purchases of $2.3 trillion, guarantees of the debts of Fannie, Freddie and Ginnie of $7.3 trillion and other guarantees of $6.6 trillion for the US banking system and the total becomes $29.1 trillion. With this level of US Government exposure already, it is easy to see how we get to the debt figures of $36-45 trillion.
    America deserves better Presidential leadership.

    November 1, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. SPQR

    Mitt W. Romney is in the same cult that Warren Jeffs is.

    Do you believe Mitt W. Romney didn't know what Mormon member Warren Jeffs was doing to children at his compound ?

    When did Ann Romney or Mitt W. Romney speak up against that beast of Warren Jeffs ?

    They kept quiet.

    November 1, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. David SFA

    A win by Obama will allow him to press ahead with his Socialist revolution, deepening government intervention in the economy and leaving our partners abroad worried about his "leading from behind" strategy instead of working with all to shape a better future.

    November 1, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Ram

    I am no one...dont have voting rights in this country.. came here 10 years ago.. only to see the so called great nation going down down and down... wherein the country from where I also went down along with many other counties and US in 2000-2002...but they all came back up roaring...you know the reason, they all had the jobs from US.Salaries in those countries have gone up 10 times in the last 10 years.. in US getting job became difficult....I could sense that the policies of sending jobs outside put US in trouble. The reluctance to learn and educate themselves put this country in trouble. I do see some light from Obama. I was able to get into a job and I am confident of getting into a better paying job soon. Please Americans, do not let this opportunity slip. I do not have voting rights in the US nor a citizen. I am legal resident in the US. I am just writing this since if this happens in my country I will vote for the person who has obama's policies. I may be wrong...but just thought of putting my views here as a totally true outsider.

    November 1, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. franzit

    I am a Canadian, who reads some of these posts and has been following your elections. I am speechless at the way your President has been vilified and called every name in the book. President Obama is not even a leftist, let alone a socialist as the far right likes calling him. Let’s analyse this for 1 moment. Obamacare, which is what far right nuts call socialism was a republican idea put in place in Mass by no other than Romney. It really is an expansion of the base of free market insurance companies, there is no government takeover. President Obama's policies are the policies of the old republican moderate party. Romney on the other hand has no core, he doesn't even have the courage of his own convictions because he doesn't have convictions. He says one thing during his primaries, says the opposite in the debates and then statements from his campaign are made the next day canceling what he said in the debates. Who is Mitt Romney? He is whatever you want him to be at the time you want him to be. He will be the puppet of Grover Norquist for taxes, the puppet for Netanyahu & Bolton & Senor and will go to war with Iran, and he will be the puppet for Paul Ryan's budget where he will start with Medicare vouchers for the 55 year olds and then expand it to everyone, after that he will privatize social security and FEMA etc. He will reduce the great USA into a third world country. I am a Canadian and have no stake in your elections, but Americans better wake up and vote if you want to get plutocracy out of power.

    November 1, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. nightsong

    Mitt Romney will be a far better president than Obama at every level. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!. And incidentally look forward to a far better first lady also.

    November 1, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. David SFA

    Romney doesn't need to talk about America becoming like Europe. He needs to warn us about America becoming like California!

    November 1, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. David SFA

    Latest CNN poll just in: Obama is in the lead with 40%, Romney 60%.

    November 1, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. don in albuquerque

    I think America is bordering on huge changes. One becoming a Social Republic (much like France), and the other becoming a Fascist State (much like Italy and Spain at different times in their history). Capitalism has failed the entire planet making the rich richer and the poor, well you know. I read alot of people posting here who confuse Socialism with Communism. Two entirely different animals. Like comparing a peach to spinach. Which side will win? It appears nobody really cares or they would read up and understand the difference between the two. But for me.....a little socialism is much preferable to a jackbooted Fascist State. Read up a little bit America, and you decide which party is which and what you want.

    November 1, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. brian

    Republican's comments here are comical....they wave their little American flags in public while crapping on it here, judgment will come for you trolls.

    November 1, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. David SFA

    To my fellow Democrats, do you really trust a party that tries to scare the voters with the boogeyman of electing a Republican to the Presidency and Senate?

    November 1, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. tet1953

    Here's a campaign strategy: simply be presidential during a natural disaster, and garner the praise of prominent republicans in the process. Check.

    November 1, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Lisa P

    truth hurts

    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
    ==========================================================================================

    truly incredible..... So our American diplomats are on their own and expect to receive no help or protection from Obama and Hillary Clinton. Even after they begged and pleaded for additional protection, after several attacks on us and others in the area, and while the attack was occurring, no help came. The only help that came was from those that violated direct orders to NOT go to help. And those people died trying to help their fellow Americans. They deserve the Medal of Honor.

    The Secretary of Sate and several of her minions need to be FIRED for incompetence and Obama needs to LET THE FACTS OUT and STOP THE COVER UP! This incompetent clown needs to go next week because if he gets re-elected and all the facts of this situation get disclosed AFTER the election, there will be calls for his impeachment.

    WAKE UP AMERICA. Obama and the LSM are playing you for idiots.
    November 1, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Your facts are totally screwed up. Two Americans died in the consulate due to smoke inhalation. One American escaped. A "rescue" was organized (I have no idea if it went against orders or not) but was not able to hold the consulate building, though they did save the American who had escaped the smoke filled consulate and also recovered one body (not the Ambassador - no one knew what happened to him for several hours, when it was discovered he had been taken to the hospital by Libyan civilians). Several hours later there was a very organized attack on the consulate annex/safe house, about half a mile from the consulate, where the Americans were holed up waiting for to be evacuated the next morning. That's where the two former SEALs were killed by mortar fire while they were standing guard on the roof. They should be honored for what they were doing, not for some cooked up macho Hollywood fantasy intended mainly to make the President look bad. Wouldn't a peaceful, democratic Libya be a better tribute to the four Americans who died in service to that goal? What can we as Americans do to make that so?

    By the way, the increased security? Was for the Embassy in Tripoli, a hundred miles away. Apparently the consulate in Benghazi, protected by Libyan militia members (10 of whom also died in the first attack), was considered temporary (scheduled to be closed in December) and therefore was not fortified to the extent it might have been. It sounds like a lot of the Benghazi security strategy was about keeping a low profile; maybe the "direct order" you mention was in line with that strategy. Not that the truth would ever matter to you.

    November 1, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. brian

    Fox...come get your Republican pig-trolls.....they suck the oxygen out of intelligent commentary...

    November 1, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. David SFA

    I voted for Obama in 2008, but will not make that mistake in 2012. I will vote for a new President who will serve all Americans, not just those who donate to his reelection. At the poll, remember to ask whether you really believe if Obama is trying to improve the US economy, reduce the debt, and is proud of America's support for liberty and freedom.

    OMG: Obama Must Go!!!!!!

    November 1, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. David SFA

    In Ohio, there are two major cities that are largely populated with voters living on governmental welfare. Why should those who give the least and take the most decide whether the U.S. continues on our current path to National Socialism or to change course back to Free Enterprise?

    November 1, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Brad

    Willards ideas and agendas are only as good as his WORD which has been constant Flip Flops and outright lies (i.e. Jeep to China), this smoke and mirror campaign may fool some of us some of the time but not most of us most of the time. Now I know some Republicans aren’t fooled but will still think they should vote their party faithfully, Just a warning....this year think long and hard about it, because with this republican candidate this year you really have no idea what he stands for and what you’re going to get.

    November 1, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. David SFA

    What does a Romney win look like? 12 million jobs and a prosperous future for our children.

    November 1, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Alan

    Obama plans to mislead, lie, delay, "investigate" and depend on the lapdog media like CNN to not raise issues with his incompetent actions as President. That is and has been his only campaign strategy except to attack Romney through the vilest language ever used in public by a sitting President.

    November 1, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Thomas

    @Kentucky Burbon
    Okay let me get this straight:
    CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

    If this is the case, why does CNN continue to post Romenys outrageous claims, slanders and lies.
    ====

    It's called Freedom of Speech , it's up to us " THE PEOPLE " to see through the BS .

    You need to look at Romney like a can of deoderant or hair creem . He will tell you you can smell like Donald Trump on a clear day or have a head of hair just like Rush Limbaugh in just a few day's.

    Your dealing with guys like Karl Rove , they sell advertizing , they don't care what color , what religaon , what they care about is sales . " MONEY "

    November 1, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. stormpolitics

    It's quite clear in the past several months that CNN has an agenda in this election; by telling people what to think especially Wolf Blitzer showing hostility towards the President; especially gathering "so called" independent focus groups that's clearly stacked with misinformed and delusional Republicans

    November 1, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. brian

    I'm Canadian and I'm more American than the Fox-lovin' Republican troll liars on this post. Get offline and get a life.

    November 1, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. don in albuquerque

    David SFA--Obama's record bears out that he has tried to work on all the issues you mention, but when you consider the amount of obstructionism, filibustering, and all basically beginning before he sat down in the chair of the oval office I think you have to admit there was something going on, especially when the grand poobah of the GOP, Rush, says he wants to see him fail. Obama has the jobless rate below 8%, he was able to stop the job bleeding almost immediately.

    Romney ? Proud of Americas support for Liberty and Freedom-Draft Doger. Improve the Economy-Take a look a Bain and all the American jobs outsourced, and outright destroyed. Believes in America? Hides his money in foreign banks.
    Not nearly what I would call a patriot. Reduce the debt? Not about to tax the 1% any higher but going to hand out more tax breaks. And now Romney is saying a balance budget in 8 to 10 years. Thats easy he will be out of office by then and could care less. I think what you are more likely to see if the first two years of a Romney term is the American Economy completely tank, which is what Obama avoided.

    November 1, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Thomas

    @David SFA
    A win by Obama will allow him to press ahead with his Socialist revolution, deepening government intervention in the economy and leaving our partners abroad worried about his "leading from behind" strategy instead of working with all to shape a better future.

    ======

    You sound more like the the Oklahoma city bomber !

    What was he about ?

    November 1, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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