First on CNN: Romney preps swing state blitz, stirring V.P. speculation
July 31st, 2012
03:55 PM ET
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First on CNN: Romney preps swing state blitz, stirring V.P. speculation

Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is quietly laying the groundwork for a high-profile blitz of several key battleground states in the run-up to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and Republicans briefed on the plans say it has all the trappings of a vice presidential rollout tour.

On the heels of his rocky trip overseas, Romney will spend the coming days maintaining the kind of schedule he has kept for much of the summer, with appearances and fundraisers in medium-sized cities in various swing states. Romney will visit Colorado, Nevada and Indiana this week, and make stops in Ohio next week.

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But beginning August 10th, Romney will ramp up his campaign operation with a splashy four-day bus tour targeting the largest media markets in several of the states that will decide the November election, CNN has learned.

And in a show of force and party unity, Romney will be joined at each stop by prominent Republican officials and campaign surrogates.

Some details are still murky, and Republicans cautioned that they are subject to change, but on August 11th, Romney will hit three of Virginia's biggest population hubs - the Washington, D.C. metro area, Richmond and Norfolk - before heading down to North Carolina the following day.

On Aug. 13, the Monday after the Olympic Summer Games finish in London, Romney will arrive in Florida for campaign stops in Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami.


Romney aides are also scouting multiple campaign venues in Ohio for later that week, knowledgeable Republican sources told CNN. Other states may also be added to the itinerary that week.

"Sounds like V.P. week," said one Republican familiar with the schedule, who did not want to be identified revealing the campaign’s plans. “Hitting the big markets in the big states. It just makes sense.”

A Romney campaign official confirmed that a bus tour is being organized before convention week, but said the theme of the tour would be Romney’s vision for the economy.

Revealing the vice presidential pick in the week prior to the convention would be a logical choice for the Romney campaign, which would be able to generate maximum media attention in the late summer lull between the conclusion of the Olympics and the convention.

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  1. The Big NB

    Mitt Romney is toast.

    July 31, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. David

    I predict Romney picks Bush's budget director for VP.

    July 31, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. jaimie

    Mr. Romney, show the people of the USA your offshore business dealings along with the tax paid on the gains. All of us citizens of the USA pay our fair share every month. So then why duck the question about it. If you want to be president you need to act with honesty and integrity. If you do not produce all of those documents im afraid you are are not acting with honesty or integrity..

    July 31, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. OBAMA 2012!! Forget Mitt the Twit

    What kind of patriot would hide his money in foreign countries, and evade taxes while America's economy is ailing and brave veterans (but not Mitt's sons) are returning to unemployment??

    July 31, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. dj

    It really doesn't matter whether Mitt releases his taxes or not. That doesn't tell me how he will run this country. The man has an economic plan that has worked in the past, for the State of MA, did wonders for the Olympic Games, has turned numerous companies into very profitable ventures, and everyone wants to bash him for being successful.

    How B.O. has wasted our taxpayer money and run this country into the ground the last 3 1/2 years is reason enough to NOT vote him and his lackey VP back into office again.

    July 31, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. woodin

    After his European tour we all now know that Romney has the Palin stick down pat and maybe he can find a seasoned VP candidate to counter his goofiness.

    July 31, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. Dave

    What I love most about living in the United States of America is that political leaders must stand for election and reelection regular as clockwork. I actually like major issues being debated and argued. After all, the system was designed to encourage stroung and open debate with roadblocks to slow passions and foster good decisions.

    How did the political landscape became so cluttered with empty headed partisanship?

     The fault is ours people, by allowing ourselves, in sufficeint number, to be lead by the nose by sound bites and the 24 hour news cycle.

    "A more perfect union" implies HARD work done TOGETHER!!

    USA! USA! USA!.

    July 31, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. lamestreammedia

    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell would be a fabulous choice. Virginia for the third straight year has a budget surplus, low unemployment , and effective government.

    July 31, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  9. Mark-Independent

    I m sorry! He can t pick the queen of Enlgland and people will not support this man. Mitt Romney is a big Scam. Mitt Romney ship his sinking... Mr. Bain go take a vacation to the caymand islands! I bet he will pick Merco Rubio, so he can attract the Hispanic vote in Florida. Marco Rubio is so bad.. Even cubans dont like him!

    July 31, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. Gorge Hoffman

    I agree with Mark. Mitt Romney is Mitt Romney as much as some folks try to change him at the end of the day hes Mitt Romney and people dont like him. Braking NEWS! Mitt Romney did NOT pay taxes for 10 yrs. I knew he was hidding something..Wow on earth will vote fot this man. Flip Flopper Mitt...

    July 31, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  11. Manny

    To all the losers we will make sure that we will elect Romney this election.

    July 31, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  12. joesmith46

    Also, the GOP doesn't tax you guys. Who has been president and had the house for 2 years and senate for 4. Have the demos passed any tax reform while in power, NO, why not you may ask......wait for it.......they are all millionaires too silly. Why would they want real reform? they just want to lie to you to get your vote and then forget about you while they cater to the corporate spec interest groups and mafia, or unions that got them elected. WAKE UP AMERICA, WAKE UP!

    July 31, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. migeli

    Another war guaranteed if Romney gets elected! The ecomomy will be just fine in time.Obama has done all he can with no help from the Repukes.Romney made all his money with help from his freinds obviously,because he's a blithering idiot that couldn't possibly have done it alone.Where's those tax returns?I smella rat.

    July 31, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. Joseph DuPont

    As I see Obama's Jackals in the media desperately try to spin everything Mitt Romney did or does into some kind of character test, It becomes obviously apparent that this next election will decide if America adopts the failed European economic model or if America will return to being the land of Opportunity. When Obama tells those who studied, sacrificed, and took risks to become successful that they did not do it alone, I am horrified. God might be our copilot but it seems Obama still continues to be obsessed in living out his father's communistic dreams by transforming America into a nation not worth dying for.
    We did not get into this dangerous position just because of Obama, but by progressive and liberal Republicans negotiating with the devil. Once you realize that our government is growing like a cancer and is killing its host, it will be easier to see that Obama has to go. Hopefully Romney will have the courage to face down Goldman Sachs and the Federal Reserve! Unfortunately, It's going to be a long war to bring America back to its formal greatness and economic strength.

    July 31, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. darw

    I don't understand how American people believe this greedy business man care and work the American Especially the poor, students and middle family.

    July 31, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  16. Peggy Munro

    It just occurred to me that since Romney is running on one thing only which is his ability to create jobs, why does he need to become president? He could become a consultant to the government.

    July 31, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. Bill Fitzgerald

    And we want Obama because? Your silence is very revealing.

    July 31, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  18. bdn

    Typical wishful thinking on the loeft. the wool is pulled completely over you eyes as we as a country go bankrupt

    July 31, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  19. ArdDruid

    It doesn't matter one Iota who he picks, I'm not voting for him.

    August 1, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  20. Lobo

    Glad to see an american going over seas and not bowing or aplogizing all the time. about time some one shows the world whos boss in the world and that we still have 6@115!

    August 1, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  21. demin

    Do you pol that are againsed him not realize how obama has put this country in the situation we are in with the economic down fall even. Clinton was pulling us out of debt and bush had to deal with a lot but Obama is just a joke in my eyes and a lot of other pole as well I hope he looses if not later I'm out of this country that he will surley bring down that a lot of men and women have fought to protect so then where would that leave you

    August 1, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  22. Fortinbras

    Cut taxes, it will increase revenue LOL.... Deregulate and open up free trade LOL..... OOPS, THE BUBBLE BURST! Unemployment is high, consumer debt is high, consumer spending is down! Ok, let the economy crash. Slash government spending. Deregulate even more and cut taxes further..... We have to throw the sick, lame and elderly under the bus for the sake of those new people, the corporations. We have to let the capitalists rescue us with supply side economics.... Wait, our industries have all gone to RED CHINA. So wouldnt that mean that our capitalist supply side economics tax dollars create the desired jobs creation effect in Chinas socialist command economy, through free trade? Ohhh, the irony! And thats just one of several countries where our dollars can and will trickle. Ohh, heck! Who can help us?? Well, we have Mitt Romney. Wait, an outsourcing/downsizing tycoon? Is that like putting jack the ripper in charge of victims advocacy??? It takes a crook to catch a catch a crook. Thats what we a going with.

    August 1, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  23. NotRepublicanTheseDays

    Anything to distract voters from Mitten's mouth is welcomed by his handlers; they really need a nap!

    August 1, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
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