A sign of things to come: Crossing paths
Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Mitt Romney will speak Wednesday. The address is billed as a 'prebuttal' to President Obama's convention speech in September.
April 17th, 2012
07:48 PM ET
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A sign of things to come: Crossing paths

Washington (CNN) – As the presidential race moves into the general election this fall, candidates crossing paths in the same battlegrounds will be a daily occurrence. Consider this a sneak preview.

At least three times this week Mitt Romney, the likely GOP nominee, will campaign in the same area as President Barack Obama or top surrogates. Tuesday, first lady Michelle Obama arrived in Pittsburgh for a pair of fundraising events for the Democratic National Committee just an hour after Romney left town following a roundtable event.

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Wednesday, Obama will make his second trip in 27 months to Elyria, Ohio, a working class community outside Cleveland. Romney comes to the Cleveland area to campaign the following the day.

Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden holds a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona, where Obama campaign strategists may make a play this fall. Friday, Romney comes to nearby Scottsdale to address the Republican National Committee spring meeting.

In addition to stops on common ground, Romney will make a speech Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Romney's choice of venue appears deliberate: a spot directly across the street from Bank of America Stadium, where Obama will speak after his re-nomination at the Democratic National Convention in September. The Romney camp, getting a head start, bills the speech as a prebuttal to the Obama convention address.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Charlotte, North Carolina , Please tell Mr. Romney it's Baseball season !

    There isn't a Major league Baseball team in Charlotte !

    Is Mitt a Red Sox's , Tigers or Padres fan ? He wears many hats that Mitt .

    April 17, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Blue Collar Worker

    Charlotte is not a republican city and went for President Obama in 2008 and will do so again in 2012. Romney is wasting his time in Charlotte. I think some 1% people are hosting a fundraiser for Romney, but it will not help him in Charlotte. Charlotte is the largest city in the state and is the new south.

    April 17, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Mikey

    Wow, that's risky. They better bus a lot of people in to prevent a speech in an empty cavern. Funny, the GOP that wants to cut off a host of services to the poor will probably buying a bunch of homeless lunch to get butts in the seats. They'll have to put them in separate sections, lest Romney's high roller supporters end up rubbing elbows with the unwashed masses. Heck, they usually try to avoid the middle class, let alone actual real live poor people.

    April 17, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Your Politics are a Mess

    Interesting strategy re: doing the speech across from BofA stadium. I like it. A bit overly symbolic, but Romney's camp needs to look as proactive as possible.

    April 17, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Bill in Florida

    The difference between Obama and Romney in Charlotte will be vast. Obama will fill the stadium with thousands turned away. Romney might fill the infield.

    April 17, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. 100% ETHIO

    In 2008, Senator Ted Kennedy was the main reason, Obama to be nominated and elected for U.S President, among the Two wars and bad economy that occurred during Republican leadership.
    So, right now, their is no any window of opportunity for Obama to be elected. If he run for re-election, he will never get even 25% of votes. It is better, either Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden to run.

    April 17, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. Conrack

    If Romney is clairvoyant enough to know what President Obama will say in August, he should be clairvoyant enough to see what a beating he and the rest of the GOP is going to take in November at the polls, for his party's deliberate failure to do anything to help the American people recover from a near economic meltdown.

    April 17, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  8. Achilles

    If Obama thinks Arizona is in play, he is seriously crazy, no way is Arizona going to go blue

    April 17, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  9. waikikijohn

    mitt didn't have luck filling a large venue last try, doubt be much better this time. He's trying to match the President's ability to full these venue, b4 being elected and even now.

    April 18, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Hey - I was in D.C. in 1992 - were you there? Wow!!! We just missed each other.

    Get Real!

    April 18, 2012 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  11. URDAD

    *Romney changes his position every few seconds.
    *Republican Congress Is Blocking Job Bills.
    *Romney is Not willing to stop the spectators.
    *Republicans are blocking any bills even the bills they supported in the past.
    *Romney and Republican are trying to prevent republican leaning companies from hiring.

    April 18, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  12. Marie MD

    I hope he gets embarrassed like the last time he was at a stadium and only a handful of fools showed up.

    April 18, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  13. Just Say No to Flipper Rmoney

    Rmoney couldn't fill a coffee shop or small auditorium and now he thinks he can play the big rooms? This is gonna be really fun to watch.

    April 18, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |