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

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.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney
soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Myviewis

    We're done with Europe, Israel and now let's get back to the Economy and Jobs!!!!!

    July 31, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |

    We all know he's going to lose ,so who cares and stop wasting our time TWIT and where's your tax returns ????I guess he was sitting next to adelson trying to get more money by insulting the palastineians!!!

    July 31, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. sammieb51

    I can't wait until November 7th when we can all tell Whiney Flipping Mitt to take a hike.

    July 31, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Has Mittens "RETROACTIVELY RETIRED" as the GOVERNOR of MA back to before he signed ROMNEYCARE???

    After watching this dunderhead flip flop all across Europe, is it even relevant who his VP pick will be?

    July 31, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. tee27

    Hmm ! i think we have something here, Harry Reid: Bain Investor Told Me That Mitt Romney 'Didn't Pay Any Taxes For 10 Years' Mitt needs to come clean and show us the papers,

    July 31, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney's goose is cooked, in fact, it's well "done" and over with.

    July 31, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Wake up people

    Who gives a rats behind?? Where are those taxes Willard?? You keep trying to deflect what the people want. We don't care who you pick because you and your arrogant "let them eat cake" wife will NOT inhabit the White House.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 31, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Name

    Let's hope for a good choice with!

    July 31, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. jess

    Obama is toast..he running out of money...

    July 31, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Tax returns.

    July 31, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Expat American

    Romney won’t need to travel far to find the running mate we all know he’s looking for.
    He can look under the toilet seat of a public restroom and find Rove.
    Save the gas.

    July 31, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. 98 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    Let's get those battleground states rolling Romney! Make sure they know THEY DID BUILD IT!! And Obama IS DESTROYING IT!!!

    July 31, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Name Oilnice

    So sad, democrats have a bunker mentality, Romney is building momentum and his pick should solidify his lead.Just look around all the pant draggin low lifes are multiplying ( no coincidence).

    July 31, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. LBAM

    Robmey, now thatyou are home, I DEMAND TO SEE YOUR TAX RETURNS FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS AND I DEMAND TO SEE YOUR BIRTH CEERTIFICATE. By the way, how many Grandmothers do you have? Are you are that Your wife isn't your sister? Why don't you talk about your religion. Do you think that Blacks are Palestinians are cursed, My Bishop or whatever you are considered in your MORMON Church. No taxes, no white house. And when do you think you can go to other countries and talk for me? SCREW YOU, and your 1%. You will not see the interior walls of the White House the Blacks built.. By the way, get your wife a job.

    July 31, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Lemone

    This is just a preview of waht the debates are going to be, Robme is such a lick lick

    July 31, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    ""Sounds like V.P. week," said one Republican familiar with the schedule, "

    Sounds like the "look over there...shiny thing" tour. Tax returns tax returns tax returns. OMG, SQUIRREL!!!!

    July 31, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. bb

    Welcome back MR NEXT PRESIDENT we appreciate the effort you make evry day cleaning up Oblameos and Bozo Bidens mistakes. I look forward to a renewed economy when you take office. Myself and a few others plan on opening new business ventures just as soon as (ITS NOT MY FAULT) gets blown out of the white house. I agree just concentrate on the issues that (ITS NOT MY FAULT) has created and America will once again be a great country. These dem haters need to understand success is not a dirty word. Welfare is a dirty word, how about pulling your own weight like you have done. Making a profit is not wrong we can help others when we profit. Why is that so hard to figure out. Again welcome home and a job well done.

    July 31, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Barak Wamanga

    No Mit Romney is a looser if it takes a Presidential hopeful a whole nation begging him to release his tax return what kind of example is that ?

    July 31, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. bb

    Lets see Oblunder work just one day, lets see oblunders diploma, lets oblunder do freaking anything beside making excuses. This is worst its not my fault jerk in history if you cant see this than its not your fault either U HAVE A GENE DEFICENCEY !!!!

    July 31, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Name Oilnice

    Why are liberals so angry hmmmm? The party of the tolerant really have no tolerance, total hipocrits.

    July 31, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "pant draggin low lifes "

    Oh gee, hmmmm...whatever are you referring to?

    July 31, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Zans

    So how did obummer make his money? Tony resco whos now in
    Prison . Release all the papers from
    The convicted gov trial!!

    July 31, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. woody

    One lying SOB trying to stay in and another lying SOB trying to get in. It is that simple. LOL

    July 31, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. 98 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    Unemployment increasing again, GDP falling to 1.5% and falling for the second straight quarter, lost count now, is it 41, 42 or 43 straight months of record unemployment level, unemployment over 10% in several states, record 1.3-1.5 TRILLION deficits, approaching $16 TRILLION in total debt and climbing at record pace, YEAH, FOUR MORE YEARS OF THIS!!!!

    This response brought to you by the Certifiably Insane for Obama -2012 SuperPAC....

    July 31, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Hey, Mittens, got any more of those 100K Bain jobs for doing nothing? 'Call Me, Maybe'?

    Ooh, maybe Mittens will look down from the Mormon Mount Kolob, and ordain that Manic Michelle is the perfect VP pick to join Team Robme.

    The GOP gave us Geezer and Gidget in '08 so, why not go with Mork/Mindy in '12?

    July 31, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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