Adviser: Romney to do more campaign events 'hopefully soon'
September 24th, 2012
01:20 PM ET
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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. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    "Soon..." ? Like " I'll have to get back to you on that..." Or "we haven't run the numbers yet..." Or "whatever I said when I said it..."

    How can even REPUBLICANS stand this flip flopping, pandering, jellyfish? What DOES he actually decide other than who to throw out of work?

    September 24, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. rs

    Yeah, do some planning, hold a few focus groups, you still have about a month to go.

    Given how badly the Romney campaign is run, I can't imagine the mess a Romney Presidency might look like.

    September 24, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. incredulous

    There's not much time left till November 6th. When is soon? Of course it doesn't matter. Romney has already lost.

    September 24, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Since he's planning to do more campaigning (in his case lying), I guess he's too ignorant to know the secret service protection is part of that 47% he doesn't care about. I wish they would let him go it alone-that would shut his big, ignorant mouth for good and send him back to this cult where he rightfully belongs.

    September 24, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Beverly - NYC

    This campaign reminds me tof the last weeks of the McCain/Palin campaign. The parade of the crazy pundits named Buchanan( Pat now Bay) while the managers hide behind conference calls. After the first deabate, more Romney supporters will follow Pawlenty out the door.

    September 24, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. lolo

    The Romney campaing is just pitiful. The man sold his soul to the devil to get elected and now it has backfired. He forgot about trying to please the American people. He's hoping that the people so full of hate and racism along with his fat cat rich buddies will be enough to elect him for President. He better think again and the rest of the GOP Klan better start packing too, because America is sick and tired of their lying and shenanigans. I have not seen him lift one finger to make a case as to why he should be president. He does not want the job he just wants the power and perks that come along with the job. America you had better wake up or we will have a shady fool in the white house. Romneyhood is nothing but a businessman, that is greedy and cold. For those of you voting for him remember that Romneyhood thinks that the middle class begins with a salary of $200,000.00 per year. (Straight from his own mouth). So if this is not your salary you are screwed. The man is telling you in this statement that he is for the rich and you are too simple-minded and racist to see it.

    September 24, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Maybe Ann Romney was right when she said "this is the hardest thing to do" which one has to ask is it too hard for both Romneys or is Mitt slowing down for poor Ann. Of course it's hard for his wife, she's never had to work for anything.

    September 24, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. rs

    How right Claudia- unlike the Romney's rather idyllic "unemployed" life, running for President is real life, and hence too hard for them.

    September 24, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Too little too late Willard

    Excellent, I can ask Willard why he is now in favor of uninsured people flocking to the ER as their sole remedy.
    The guy has flip-flopped more on healthcare than a circus acrobat.
    It was great when he introduced Romneycare; it was supposed to be a national model
    Then once he became severely conservative, Romneycare was bad
    He pledged to repeal Obamacare
    Then pledged to keep parts of Obamacare without mentioning how to pay for it.
    Then his campaign spokesperson Saul suggested all unemployed people move to MA.
    Now Willard wants everyone to go the very expensive ER...that he wants mentioned was "socialism" since we all end up paying for that anyways.
    I will also ask him about what he's hiding in his pre-2010 taxes...and how he now justifies his candidacy when he said that anyone who paid more in taxes than necessary would not be qualified for POTUS, seeing as how Willard did not claim all of his deductions in the '11 return.
    Can't wait to see Willard out and about!

    September 24, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. rosco

    Was very impressed with Mr Romney on 60min, the president stuck his same old story, blame others.

    September 24, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. REG in AZ

    Mitt Romney, in a “60 Minutes” interview, stated he would give the middle-class tax savings by providing cuts to Dividend Taxes, Capital Gains Tax and the Minimum Tax. The actual truth is that those cuts would really benefit the wealthy, especially like Romney himself, and they would offer very little to the middle-class who don’t have those large investments and likely most of what they do have would already be in tax advantaged 401ks. Again the subterfuge is boldly given to con the majority while concentrating on serving only “the money”. This is totally consistent and typical of the Republican tactics and again demonstrates why they can’t be trusted or ever counted on to represent the majority – everything they say is just an insulting con while they concentrate on serving only the few and their own political ambitions.

    September 24, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. AnnsTheMan!

    I get it.. he didn't realize he'd have to keep showing up to prove he wants to be president.. after buying the election, he figured he only had to sit back and wait.

    September 24, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Too little too late Willard

    One other question that was not asked by Pelley: Willard detail out some specific jobs: with wage figures and benefits that you have personally created with the tax savings you have enjoyed. After all, if that's the philosophy he spouted to justify his taxes, let's see it in action.
    That will be a short answer seeing as how he hasn't created one even for himself nor Ann in over 6 years.

    September 24, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. John

    I'll give romney some credit here. This is a smart move. Buildup more cash so that regardless of the outcome, he won't be in debt like 99% of the candidates who run.

    September 24, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    I'm sure Willard is being more quiet, after all each and everytime he opens his trap he sticks one or both hooves in it. I bet anything they threatened to replace him if he doesn't shut up.

    This guy has been his own worst enemy. He could be winning right now if not for his big mouth and ego. And not because he is the better candidate for the job, just because he has three of the main qualities that a lot of voters are looking for.... Rich, white, and male.

    It looks like they plan on keeping him muzzled until after the debates. Do the GOP really think Americans are stupid enough to fall for this madness? The sad part is many will....

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 24, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. TheVoice2

    He is going to start campaining soon! Wow, can you imagine how he would run this country?? To the ground likely.

    Mitt Phony's motto "make President now, I'll give you details later"

    September 24, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. cali girl

    ,,,turn out lights... the Robmeys party's over...

    September 24, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. big boy

    Take five off ,it will make your polls beter

    September 24, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Pete

    Romney smarter to being more quiet,every time he opens his trap his lies fall out.Didn't you ignorent republicans Google Lying for the Lord ,it'll explain how Romney lies so much,mormons as a religion are taught as children to lie to protect their lord as well as themselves.Their religious creator John Smith told lies about how many wives he had and other lies that sometimes were extreme..Romney will crash and burn after the debates,he can't run on unfactual lies,inuendoes ,he needs facts to back up claims something he won't have so don't expect a great response after the debates,in the primaries his chlengers schooled him and you know it and the president is a lecturer,so let's see how bad the president beats Romney,it'll be fun to watch!!!

    September 24, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. bwanadave

    I'll tell you how we can stand this guy, he is not Obama. I would vote for a door knob before I would vote for Obama.

    You talk about lying, look at Obama. In '08 he said he wanted out of NAFTA. When his campaign was questioned on this by the Canadians they quietly responded that the comments were "for domestic consumption". How's that for lying to the American people?

    Then this time around he tells the Russians he will have "more flexibility after the election". What is it he won't tell us? Clearly he knows if he told the truth he would lose the election.

    So why on Earth would anyone vote for him? Think about it for a second or two, you have a guy who has already indicated he is going to do things we would not approve of if honestly stated and if reelected he will never have to face the voters again.

    Romney may have his faults but they are not what the Obama/media disinformation campaign have been spewing forth. It is funny that they didn't see wealth as an issue when their boy Kerry was running. In regards to taxes if you don't like the rate he pays blame Congress. By the way, no one ever complains about how the Kennedy family minimizes taxes.

    Everything Obama has done reinforces my conclusion that he cannot be trusted when he no longer has to face the voters. Like I said I'd vote for a door knob before Obama.

    September 24, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Boo

    Robme has to stay home an recharge his batteries....LITERALLY!!! I've seen more animation in a rock.

    September 24, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. 2020

    I tracked and observed everything about Romney, the more I read and watched him, I don't like what I see.

    The world is complicated enough, we don't need a president whose tax return is fussy, paid 14% if tax when I paid 30%.

    I am one of the 47% he is talking about, and he doesn't care!!!

    I worked all my life, never collect unemployment. Now retired, enjoy my grand kids, with my social security, and medicane. But, Romney turned his back on Obamacare which he instituted. That irks me.

    After all the toss and turns, now, I know I made an informed and rational decision. Romney, No way. I cannot support you.

    The President though not perfect, has much more to offer. He is a good guard for the country, I truly believe.

    September 24, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If elitist birther Mittens left his billionaire cronies and had to actually rub elbows with 'you people' he may catch cold or get germs.

    September 24, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Tony

    Hopefully soon? Romney is running out of days before the election. Is this his plan to sit back and do nothing while his campaign continues to sink? Never has a candidate raised so much campaign funds and done so little with the money.

    Perhaps this is Romney's plan for everything. Sit back and do nothing and the campaign will turn around. Sit back and do nothing (well, except cutting taxes) and tax revenue will magically increase to cut the deficits. Sit back and do nothing and the housing market will straighten itself out. Sit back and do nothing and the auto industry will save itself. Sit back and do nothing and the economy will recover. If you want the government to do nothing (well, except fighting a war with Iran), Romney is your man.

    September 24, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. the situation

    Willard will have to play error free campaigning for the next 1.5 months. Right now according to Realclearpolitics this is become now a beatdown with the President up by North Carolina, up by double digits in both Michigan and Wisconsin, the birth states of both the GOP ticket. I can't remember the last time that a Ticket haven't won either the Presidential Nominee or the VP Nominee home state. As well if those 2 states goes to the President, Ohio will all but likely going to Obama and Biden.

    Willard is just weak and out of touch. This party, the party of Dick Cheney is out of touch of mainstream America. In 43 days the message for the GOP will be heard loud can clear.

    September 24, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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