Columbus, Ohio (CNN) – In the face of poll numbers showing a challenging path to victory Tuesday, particularly in Ohio, Mitt Romney's campaign is telling allies to talk up Republican chances in Democratic-leaning states while insisting that "GOP enthusiasm" will carry Romney to victory on Election Day.
In a memo circulated Saturday to top Republican leaders and surrogates in the media, the Romney campaign says they are "forcing Obama on defense" in states he won handily in 2008 – including Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Romney will campaign on Sunday.
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The memo was provided to CNN by a Republican source outside the Romney campaign, which frequently sends out confidential talking points to GOP senators, congressmen and governors.
The memo distributed Saturday is titled "GOTV and the Romney-Ryan ground game."
"With the campaigns even on the ground and in early vote, GOP enthusiasm is going to carry Romney to victory," it reads.
Under a section named "Path To Victory," the memo lists Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio as "Obama's firewall" (despite the fact that Obama can afford to lose Iowa if he also wins Nevada, where he is favored). Polls show Obama with a slight advantage over Romney in all three Midwestern states.
"Mitt Romney is up or tied with Obama in every key battleground state, forcing Obama on defense in states he won by double digits in 2008 like WI, IA, MI, MN and PA," the memo reads. "Obama's firewall includes two states – WI and IA – he won by double digits and is even with Romney in the polls today."
It continues, "Ohio is his other firewall – a state Obama has been visiting for 4 years and has spent millions of dollars on the air. Obama is behind where he was in 2008 in early vote. The Republican ground game is going to push us over the top."
The document provides data on the number of voter contacts the campaign has made in various battleground states.
It also touts Republican gains in early voting since the last election, when Republicans were out-maneuvered by the Obama campaign in early and absentee balloting in several states.
Polls show Obama leading Romney by double digits among early voters in Ohio and Iowa, two of the states described in the memo as part of Obama's firewall.
I am amazed that anyone can stand in the devastation that we now call The United States and still think that Barack Obama is the right choice for this country. Every single Obama supporter I know tells me to "know the facts." Okay! I looked up the facts for myself. Here they are:
4 years ago our national debt was $10.6 Trillion – Today it's $16 Trillion
4 years ago we had a AAA credit rating – Today, AA.
4 years ago food stamp recipients totaled 32 million – today 46 million
4 years ago the Median Weekly Wage was $731 – today it's $718 (in 2009 dollar value)
4 years ago the unemployment rate among Blacks was 7.4% – today it's 14.1% (almost double)
4 years ago 66% of Americans participated in the labor market – today 64% 7 million people have just given up.
4 years ago, I voted for a man that PROMISED Change. A man that gave me HOPE for a better future. A man that told us he would have unemployment down to 5.2% by October of 2012.
He's had his chance and not just failed but is both bankrupting and destroying every liberty that we hold dear.
Wake Up America! It's time we gave someone else a chance. Obama said he would hold himself accountable in 2008 and not deflect accountability of his results or lack of results. LIES. His campaign of hope and change in 2008 speaks a very different course in 2012. His campaign is now a campaign of blame, lie, and deny. He cannot run on his track record. Are you accountable for anything Obama?
On the deadly terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, all Americans rallied behind our President. GW Bush enjoyed the highest approval rating of modern times – for four months (until he started posturing for an offensive attack on the wrong country) his approval rating averaged 80-90%, with a peak of 92%...
This September 11, DURING a deadly terrorist attack at our embassy in Benghazi, the leader of the GOP Mitt Romney was holding a press conference, criticizing our Commander In Chief while smoke was still pouring out of the building.
This is not just a contest between two men. This contest is between the half of the country that knows when to stand up and let the world know that we have each other's backs, and the other half that puts presidential politics over country. Vote accordingly!
Please vote for Romney of you love America!!!
Two points here – IF Romney conceded that he's about to lose, it would be a first for him, speaking truth.
No politician ever tells the faithful they're about to have their butt handed to them.
No republican presidential candidate in history has ever won the presidency without the state of Ohio.
The way I see it, if this nation is stupid enough, to elect Romney...I am sooo moving to Germany and closing my US operation.
I started my company 25 years ago, Bush almost took me out of business, with the German subsidiary keeping me afloat, on the off chance that this Mitt the Twit gets elected, I am Immigrating to Germany, I am NOT gonna go through another 4 years of GOP.
The Maya may have been right after all about the end of the world as we know it, for America will not be the same after that...
I can't believe how nasty Obama ia playing! The latest is that he is telling people to vote against Romney for revenge! He is playing on peoples emotions and that is not Presidential, Professional or nice. It is very immature! He can't do the job....move on!
how about this for a first on CNN-they get to the truth on Libya--watergate but with 4 of our troops murdered. Fat Albert even helped change the debate for CNN-
signed: bill pike, vets for Romney who won't leave our troops behind.
lol If dumb were electric, Republicans would be a Power House
sounds like a losing team. and oh yeah, we dems are super enthusiastic!
Romney will win!
well – if the GOP wins – they will have my congrats – it's a good thing they put romney in – because if a real GOP'er was running – LOL – hate to say it – but they would have never made it – Guess from here on, the GOP will have to start putting "moderates" in their camp, especially when election time rolls around.
Truth is – If romney doesn't produce in the next 4 yrs – the voters will end up watching every move he makes (provided he wins) in other words, under the romney regime, if he puts the middle class people in a VISE, like Reagan did with the air traffic controllers, and all the shenanigans BOTH of the Bush'es has done to the middle class, Robme will end up being a one termer, also.
May the Best Man Win – 2012
CNN is whisling past the graveyard in this story. All indicaters are pointing to a Romney win, possibly a comfortable win. The key is for the Republicans to win the Senate and put the final nail in the failed liberal Democrat experiment at "Fundementally changing" this country.
The guy is lying again and again.... and the people that vote for him are being duped!
We cannot afford reversing the productive course charted by Obama to build a future where ALL Americans have access to health care, retirement, homes, education, environmentally sound sustainable energy, modern infrastructure and equal job opportunities on a level playing field.
We cannot afford to return to the corrupt Republican/"Rob-me" policies that brought our country to the brink of bankruptcy in order to curry favor to those stealing American homes, retirement funds, and jobs in order to line their own pockets!
We the people will elect a government of the people, by the people and for the people to serve ALL Americans – not just the 1%-ers!!!
Despite the preponderance of evidence provided by poll aggregators like Nate Silver, Sam Wang, Huffington Post/pollster.com, TPM.com, and even RealClearPolitics no toss-up map, that Obama is highly likely to win the election, it is best that no one take this result for granted and that all citizens go and vote on election day.
Wishful thinking by the GOP. The American people will not elect the two despicable frauds at the top of the GOP ticket. Obama will win!
Desperation. They are trying to keep their folks from giving up hope.
This election is simple. it is based on Obama's record. That record is DISMAL, and those of us who care about performance, will absolutely turn out to send Obama packing!
Mr. Romney is still letting you believe he was innocent during this wholesale lost of jobs in the United States. His helped to broker deals that merged corporations and deals that concluded with one company taking over another company. Many small companies were eaten up by these large corporations. Now he wants us to believe that he supports small businesses. If you believe that I have a deal for you! He had the opportunity to save small businesses but did not and in the end he made a lot of money. You and I saw many of our friends joining the ranks of the unemployed. Now he is telling us he will make 12 million jobs and that those on food stamps will have good jobs that will get them off of food stamps. Sorry, but that is so outrageous. There are many reasons why folks are on food stamps, not the least is that their hourly wages will not cover all the expenses. The folks are hard working Americans who need those stamps to keep their families fed. Mr. Romney continues that old Republican idea that people on welfare or food stamps do not want to work or are lazy. Are we so shallow that we will believe this and believe that the Republicans will now help these people. Don't think those huge donors to their PACS will allow that to happen.
I can count on these numbers, hardly people up there. Not a chance. USA does not need this idiot, may be CHINA–I bet they kick him too for being a CHEAT. OBAMA12.
More lies from Romney. He just can't help himself it seems.
Governor Romney has self confidence and a good following of old white men. This conservative remnant from the past isn’t aware that this is a last hurrah for them and that a paradigm shift of our assumptions regarding how we care about each other and of all people on earth is the new America.
The only reason they feel the need to send that memo is because they know they're losing. So now they're counting on enthusiasm? Bunch of liars!
dreamer, you're nothing but a dreamer, can you put your hand in your head, oh no!