Romney, Ryan to campaign 'on different tracks' until convention
August 12th, 2012
09:08 AM ET
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Romney, Ryan to campaign 'on different tracks' until convention

(CNN) – Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, will campaign together in Wisconsin on Sunday, but going forward the two members of the newly formed Republican ticket will campaign "on different tracks," a Romney campaign adviser told reporters Sunday.

"It's likely that they'll be campaigning on different tracks until we get to the convention," Romney senior adviser Kevin Madden said, adding that the campaign saw the potential for Ryan to made inroads for the Republican ticket in the Great Lakes states. Ryan is a seven-term Wisconsin congressman, who was re-elected in 2010 with over two-thirds of the vote.

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"We have a number of states that are competitive where we believe he helps us - obviously his home state of Wisconsin and some of these other Great Lake states," Madden said. "But Iowa in particular, that is a state where I think his life story is important for others, something that I think helps him connect with a lot of those voters there."

Ryan will attend the Iowa State Fair on Monday, a Romney campaign official said on Saturday.

Romney's vice-presidential candidate rollout began Saturday morning, when Romney and Ryan appeared side by side on stage in Norfolk, Virginia. The pair made additional joint appearances on Saturday. Romney's bus tour is scheduled to continue over the next several days in North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida.

Asked if Ryan's absence from the bus trip to Florida was because of the changes to Medicare in his proposed budget plan, Madden said splitting the two candidates was more about spreading resources than avoiding tough questions from Florida's large senior population.

"This has more to do with expanding our bandwidth," Madden said. "Gov. Romney is going to be talking about the issues that are important to Floridians."

On Sunday evening, Romney and Ryan will attend a "Homecoming Rally" in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a late addition to the Republican bus tour.

The county is the state's biggest suburban county and biggest Republican county, and is one of three seen as critical for Republican electoral success in the state.

The Badger State went for Barack Obama in 2008 by nearly 15 percentage points, but the latest polling in Wisconsin shows a much tighter race this time around.

A Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll showed 51% of likely Wisconsin voters backing Obama, compared to 45% who back Romney. The former Massachusetts governor won the Wisconsin GOP primary on April 3 with 44% of the vote.

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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Media may fall in love with this ticket, and follow the ticket where ever they go really we don’t care

    When we retire this ticket will through us from cliff if we don’t have billions $ in our account

    August 12, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Chumlee

    Yep, like their military/foreign affairs experience. ZERO. What an insult to military service members and their families – Naval ship backdrop!

    Wake up voters. These two are more destructive than Bush was, if that is possible.

    August 12, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. The Elephant In The Room

    I know I`m stating the obvious here but neither one of them knows ANYTHING about foriegn policy / affairs. Mitt only knows about offshore secretive tax havens.

    Under Obama, the Democrats own foriegn policy successes again, and again, that neither Romney nor Ryan could have pulled off.

    Where was Ryan on the war in Iraq, Afghanistan? Where was he on the Libya debate [so masterfully managed by the President]? What about catalyzing the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, & Syria, could Rmney / Ryan do that? To listen to MR, he`d eneter into ANOTHER middleEast war with Iran if given half a chance. What does PR`s voting record say that held do? Oh, and how, Mr. Budgetman, would You PAY FOR ITthis time?

    August 12, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. ted

    they will be campaigning on two different tracks. Is this a way of saying that Mitt will flip and Paul will flop on the same issues so that they will be on both sides of all issues and only the ignorant folks will think these two clowns are working in their favor? One is a job destroyer and the other is a thinktank cheesehead. Wake up folks, support Obama/Biden for intelligent balanced government that is for the people, not the rich and corporations.

    August 12, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Anonymous

    They're going to campaign on different tracks, are they? Going to have to if Romney doesn't want to spent the next two months explaining why his pick for vice president is set to gut medicare and privatize social security. The Paul Ryan budget passed the House of Representatives. Only thing left is a Romney presidency to get the Ryan Budget once again rolling up the hill to the White House for a Romney signature.

    Oh, well. Romney can spend the remainder of his campaign explaining away why he's refusing to release his tax returns for the years he's spent running for president and Ryan can go on his different campaign track and spend the time explaining medicare vouchers and Wall Street controlled social security to those whose financial existence depends on medicare and social security.

    Ought to be a fun-filled fall campaign.

    August 12, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |

    Mitt the twit now has his Palin. The problem is at the top of the ticket,Mitt the twit.

    August 12, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. carlos

    the HOODSTERS, finally on stage and ready to take everything from the middle class, seniors, veterans, women and let us not forget firing policemen, firemen and teachers.
    12 million jobs the first year?????...they never stop lying, do they???

    A battleship background for two draft dodgers , what an insult to our TRUE HEROES in the Armed Forces, sickening.

    August 12, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |