Adviser: Romney to do more campaign events 'hopefully soon'
September 24th, 2012
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Adviser: Romney to do more campaign events 'hopefully soon'

(CNN) – While Mitt Romney said he expects his fundraising calendar to be "a little quieter," a senior campaign adviser sounded less certain Monday about taking donor meetings off the Republican nominee's itinerary in the near future.

"We're going to reach a point here–hopefully soon–where we'll have the resources we need to carry us through Nov. 6 and we don't need to be doing those finance events," Ed Gillespie said on a conference call with reporters.

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Some conservatives have criticized Romney's campaign for spending too much time on the fund-raising circuit, rather than holding campaign events in crucial swing states.

The former Massachusetts governor, for example, spent much of last week raising money in California, Utah and Texas–states not considered up for grabs this fall. It's worth noting, however, he stopped in the battleground states of Florida and Colorado, as well.

Romney told reporters on a plane Sunday night his campaign has been "heavy" on raising money, but he also laid out an expected change in pace. "I think the fundraising season is probably a little quieter going forward."

Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, also acknowledged Romney had been doing "a lot" of fund-raising events and argued the White House hopeful has to keep up with President Barack Obama, who opted out of taking public finance campaign funds in his 2008 and 2012 presidential bids.

Last month Obama's campaign surprised political analysts by hauling in more money than Romney.

"Obviously we have to compete with a very well-funded Obama machine on the other side," Gillespie said.

Romney holds a public event Monday in Colorado before heading to New York City to speak at the Global Clinton Initiative. Also on the trail, his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, kicks off a three-day bus tour in Ohio, which Romney will join on Tuesday in Dayton.

The Romney adviser said he's optimistic the campaign will be able to spend longer stretches in "target states" and focus on "political events" as opposed to fund-raisers.

"We're all looking forward to that moment in time," Gillespie added.

- CNN's Rachel Streitfeld and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Ed Gillespie • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. pccel

    @roscoe....please tell me exactly what Romney said on the 60 Minutes show last eveing that was new....I didn't hear anything new, but perhaps I missed it....unless it was saying that the uninsured could always go to the ER when they need treatment; that just shows how truly ignorant he is about health care.

    September 24, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. jane

    The man has more money than God. Obviously even HE doesn't believe he's got a chance in hell and doesn't want to waste HIS money! What a maroon.

    September 24, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain: Mittens 47% ... Veterans, grandma and the disabled are all moochers!

    Mittens saying that the uninsured can always go to the ER for treatment tells you how clueless he is about the FACT that ER treatment is not cost-effective for illness that could be much more cheaply and effectively treated with preventive or early intervention.

    It astounds me how absolutely dim Mittens is ...

    September 24, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain: Mittens 47% ... Veterans, grandma and the disabled are all moochers!

    Even though Mittens 'n' Munster are imploding ever day, don't let this make you complacent.

    The GOP is doing everything they can to suppress the vote, from changing voter registration deadlines to exclude college students, to demanding photo ID where none were required in the past. It is absolutely necessary for every Independent, Democrat and thinking Republican to GET OUT AND VOTE FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA (and Democratic majorities in the House and Senate so we can get things DONE) in November 2012.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 24, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. The REAL Truth...

    @bwanadave – I would vote for a door knob before I would vote for Obama.
    And therein lies the dilemma faced by the left. They know that there a folks out there that have swallowed enough of the foreign-owned Faux Noise hater cool-aide to be dumb enough to vote for a door knob over the POTUS. Intelligence is defined as
    (1) : the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations : reason; also : the skilled use of reason
    (2) : the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria (as tests)
    It would appear that most right wing voters have failed on both counts, no matter how much Willard tries to re-invent himself.

    September 24, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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