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.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney
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  1. downwith obozo

    At least Romney does his taxes. Half of you libs on here probably dont even work... PLEAZZZEEEE

    July 31, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. jet

    erik 5:13pm post,
    you are so correct in ur analysis.

    July 31, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Big_D

    Actually this is the GOP so the term should be GOP VP weak.

    July 31, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. kayla

    getting a vp will still not help, your goose is cooked and it's not even thanksgiving you twitt

    July 31, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Big_D

    I make 80K a year, I'm just tired of my huge taxes being given to the oil companies as returns when they paid all their taxes in foreign countries. They should write off foreign taxes as a business expense not a dollar for dollar tax deduction. That is what I HATE about the GOP!!!

    July 31, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Getoverit


    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!!!
    Spell check is a wonderful tool, and it also helps with grammar.

    July 31, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. jet

    nolimits3333 at 5:11pm actually it was your analysis that was spot on, but erik you are also correct

    July 31, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. 98 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    I can't wait for Willard's next trip abroad.. can't come soon enough. Based on his recent exploits, should he visit Saudi, Australia and Hong Kong he'll have upset enough people to start WW3 and give Obama a landslide victory.
    Perhaps he can form Afghans for Romney upon his return ?

    July 31, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Big_D

    Willard has joined the rats and is trying to take over. Why does this remind me of the song Ben from Michael Jackson?

    July 31, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. HLS

    Kayla, you must be joking.. If the people of this country re-elect Obama, it will top all my estimates of stupidity of
    the electorate.
    As a VP to Romney (whom I do not consider to be a powerhouse candidate) I would like Joe Lieberman.

    July 31, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. 98 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    @Nan Byers – If you only knew what OBAMA has REALLY done with OUR money you would be shocked. We will never get out of the hole he has put us in.
    Nan, you seem to have the lock on the knowledge so care to provide some specifics, or is this tirade more of the standard brainwashed Faux Noise crowd that upchucks in repetition? The hole we are in is entirely due to failed Grand Obstructionist Party trickl-down fiscal policies. The last time we had a great recession was in 29 after the GOP created the same economic disaster. History repeats and here we are again, only this time we voted Obama in. He was handed a bum deck in true GOP fashion, yet it is his fault that we have not fully recovered – even tho' the GOP has done all in their power to prevent that recovery – including a down-grade of our debt rating.
    Perhaps you should examine where some of the lost Iraqi cash and no-bid contract BILLIONS went to under Dubya's administration. Not too pretty if you dig a little.

    July 31, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. George

    If he has a brain in his head, he'll ask Bloomberg, but since he likely does not, he'll probably pick Christie.

    July 31, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. protank

    Libs worry more about how much money is in Romneys pocket than their own. Re-elect Obama and you wont have to worry about it, We will all be BROKE

    July 31, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. guitarman

    He will not survive Tampa, just wait and see. Something big is afoot and Mitt will not survive the convention process, he might as well go back to Mass.and go into the waffle iron business.I'm sure can get them Bain can find a company that makes them and he can ship their work to China so he can get the real cheap. Then he can be the king of WAFFLES

    July 31, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Kentucky Windage

    Well WILLARD, since you met with one of the KEY UNION LEADERS in POLAND, nothing WILL SURPRISE US NOW !

    July 31, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. Martin

    I've just got to laugh at his campaign manager calling his trip to Europe "wildly successful".

    The Europeans HATED him. In London even Conservatives were saying that they were frightened about the prospect on him becoming President. He managed to massively upset the British, massively upset the Palestinians, and his campaign chief managed to swear at the invited press when they dared to ask questions.

    If this is deemed a "triumph of diplomacy" by his campaign, what would he have to do for them to admit he was a failure?

    July 31, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. Rick in Phx

    Nan Byers

    Open your eyes people. Why are you worrying about what MITT ROMNEY does with HIS money when you should be worrying about what OBAMA does with OUR money. If you only knew what OBAMA has REALLY done with OUR money you would be shocked. We will never get out of the hole he has put us in.

    What did Obama do with your money? Did he go out drinking and then visited a bunch of strip clubs? Did he borrow your credit cards and max them out? Did he borrow some money from you and hasn't paid you back? I'm just saying, what has Obama done with you money? I can tell you what he's done with mine. What he has done with my money is nothing that any other president before him, republican and democrat hasn't done.

    July 31, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  18. lsterne

    What the heck, since corporations are people, too, his choices are wide, indeed. He could pick Goldman Sachs..or possibly Bain Capital. Or maybe the National Rifle Association, they're incorporated, too, aren't they?

    July 31, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. RapidOne

    "nolimits3333 said:

    George W. Bush inherited a strong economy, a budget surplus, and a nation at peace.

    Eight years later, he left Obama with a shattered economy, a trillion dollar deficit, and two useless wars.

    Obama saved the country from another Great Depression, rebuilt GM, reformed healthcare, reformed Wall Street, doubled the stock market, created 11 straight quarters of GDP growth, created 28 straight months of private sector job growth, got Bin Laden, got Gaddafi, and got us out of Iraq.

    And now with the automatic spending cuts and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts in 2012, Obama has solved the deficit problem as well.

    Obama has done a very good job."

    July 31, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. LivingHistory

    Okay, the Romney campaign has promised "the theme of the tour would be Romney’s vision for the economy". I hope that means that he plans on LETTING US KNOW HOW HE WOULD ACHIEVE HIS VISION and not just saying his vision is to make it better.

    July 31, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. RapidOne

    Wow, the Romney supporters here have no shame and can't see how idi0tic they sound. So sad they have been uneducated due to the GOP's lowering of education (their plan of course) and have been indoctrinated with such hate and misinformation by the likes of Limbaugh and Fox news. It's rough to see your own countrymen relegated to such drivel...

    July 31, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. moonghaelela

    Mitt, the dimwit, when in a hole stop digging.

    July 31, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. smart lib

    We should hope Obama wins and keeps his promise to be like 1930's senator Huey Long. Give every american a goverment salary. and take away all of the business owner's and big companies money and distribute to all. Like he preeches to colleges, Shoulden't we all be the same. Please if you like this kind of america please vote for Obama. No more bad Oil companies, Apple All 500 compinies. We don't need them. Just keep printing money to pay our income. I hate working. I just want to ride that fast train in Ca for free.

    July 31, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Dyslexic Dog

    it'll be Rubio so he can regain some of the Latino vote ... at least the ones that the Republicans haven't purged off the voter lists.

    July 31, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |

    Why keep trotting out this Marco Rubio=Anchor Baby character? He has
    nothing to say and basically no one gives =Running on Empty aka joke

    to the GOP A Cuban on the ballot means nothing to the general
    population of the Hispanic community.

    Cubans have enjoyed a status not accorded to any other immigrant
    group over time. In this work,Illegal Immigrants from Cuba: Preferential

    Of course no republican will say anything about this as most cubans tend to vote republican

    Romney says he favors 'self-deportation

    other vs. Cubans: Is There A Double Standard On Illegal Aliens

    July 31, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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