Obama campaign to begin advertising in Michigan
October 30th, 2012
06:14 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama campaign to begin advertising in Michigan

Washington (CNN) - The Obama campaign will begin advertising in Michigan later this week, a campaign aide confirmed to CNN. It is going up with ads beginning Thursday through Election Day.

This comes in light of continuing advertising in the state by the super PAC Restore Our Future, which is backing Mitt Romney. It has been up in Michigan for several weeks and just announced it is putting in $2.2 million there, as part of its final week buy.

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"We're not going to let them make a play anywhere," an Obama campaign official said.

While Michigan has been considered a safe Democratic presidential state this year, recent polls have shown a narrowing race. An Oct. 4-6 poll by the firm EPIC/MIRA showed the president with a 48%-45% lead over Romney with a 4% sampling error.

Mitt and Ann Romney are Michigan natives and had hoped that would help build support for the GOP nominee there.

Ann Romney attended the Detroit Tigers World Series game in Detroit Sunday and then stumped on Monday in the western part of the state in Traverse City and Grand Rapids. According to local press reports, she told a crowd of about 500 in Grand Rapids how important it would be to win there, and she held out her right hand in the shape of a mitten symbolizing the shape of Michigan.

For the Republican ticket to do well it needs to have a strong showing in the western part of the state.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. Neither of those thing would be true if Romney was President. Romney is a pathological liar as proven by fact checkers every time he speaks. He flip-flopped on healthcare, abortion, immigration, Syria, Libya, Iran, abortion, gun control, regulating the banking industry, taxes, and as a draft dodger – on his interest in war. Trust him?

    October 30, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Let Detroit go bankruptcies , mity romney. And on top of that ,your the 47% time to give romney the beat down he deserves along with that goofball lyin Ryan the seven term sponge of the taxpayers money ,while he gets free healthcare while he votes againest yours and veterns !!!!

    October 30, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. JV

    I understand this is about votes, but I think this is a complete waste of FEMA workers' time. Romney should stop thinking about turning this into a campaign photo op and start thinking about the people who really need the FEMA workers to help with the disaster relief.

    October 30, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Obama does not have Michigan "in the bag". They need a real recovery as much as the rest of us and they will be hurt by exploding national debt as much as the rest of us. Mitt Romney's 5 point plan, management capability and ability to reach bipartisan solutions will do better for the people of Michigan than what Obama is bringing. Michigan voters are smart enough to look past the rhetoric and decide based on the real issues. They will see what is best. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    October 30, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. becky

    Restore our Future" Have you seen the ads? How much are they paying the actors? Bet it is more than most Americans are earning who work for Wal-Mart which, by the way may be helping to fund these PACS which support Mr. Romney/

    October 30, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Please do in Ohio too. Telecast Bin Laden, 47%, now SHUT DOWN FEMA BY MITT THE TWITT., let Detroit go bankrupt etc., obama12.

    October 30, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. California Gary

    I don't think you have anything to worry about Mr. President......Michiganders know a true "car guy" from one who thinks he's a "car guy" just because he stacks up cars on an elevator. They know who saved the industry......and who was ready to throw it out with yesterdays garbage.

    October 30, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. James

    Dream on America.

    October 30, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Thomas

    @Critical Thinking / truth hurts
    If this president worked this hard in the last 3 years, instead of the last 3 weeks, he would have no trouble getting re-elected. Too little, and much too late.

    Have any Ideas other then obstruction and closed mindedness ?

    You both must enjoy disfunction , disasters and living in denial.

    Romney = GW Bush

    Give Ralph Reed and Karl Rove a kiss for me !

    October 30, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. mgrgurich

    Romney can't win because he isn't even playing the same game as Obama

    Presidential politics is like the game civilization. You have to keep your people fed, happy and safe.

    Romney is playing monopoly. The only way to win is to make everyone else go broke

    October 30, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    Ann Romney attended the Detroit Tigers World Series game in Detroit Sunday and then stumped on Monday in the western part of the state in Traverse City and Grand Rapids. According to local press reports, she told a crowd of about 500 in Grand Rapids how important it would be to win there, and she held out her right hand in the shape of a mitten symbolizing the shape of Michigan.

    Did she allow the crowd to "touch her" this time? Was she wearing her [Sonsata] jeans, Sonsata sneakers, or maybe a Sonsata jacket? She's a criminal just like her lying husband, and neither of them deserve to live in the WhiteHouse when everything in their lives has gone to benefit those OUTSIDE our country. I can't wait until I no longer have to listen or look at ANY of the Romney's anymore. IF the people in Michigan think the Romney's will be so good for their state, I'll watch in anticipation while what's left of that state falls off the face of the map. The middle class and poor won't be able to find any help, support or comfort with that administration and will therefore, be forced to FLEA into other states begging for a chance and I await the opportunity to SLAM the door in their faces for making a vote against their best interests. Good luck with your vote.

    October 30, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw Humm,
    We aren't going to let them make a play anywhere. Famous last words?? It's a little too late for that. When you do everything backwards it is time to pack it in.

    October 30, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    I think the people of Michigan and ohio have seen Mitt turn from the bishop to a bald-faced liar.

    They won't vote for Mitt.

    October 30, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. me

    stop spending ttax payer money on your dooomed campaign and se iit to help those states hit hardest by the disaster..Do at least one goood thing before you are eviicted from the WH

    October 30, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Riley

    This spells TROUBLE for OBAMA. Now, he has to fight to hold onto states that were a sure bet just 3 weeks ago. Momentum is clearly on Romney's side.

    October 30, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. prsmithsr

    Obama should start packing. When he deserted our men in Benghazi, he lost all credibility. He's all done.

    October 30, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  17. REGinAZ

    Romney simply ignores that the president of Chrysler corrected him and said they are not sending the production of American Jeeps to China. Obama takes $700M out of Medicare expenses and not any out of the benefits, while Romney wants to reinstate those funds which then helps Special Interests and not Medicare recipients. Romney wants to cut taxes 20% across the board and aggressively cut regulations, which effectively once again gives “the money” Carte Blanche, like it was with Bush-Cheney, to further exploit their advantages and feed their insatiable “more” (never enough) appetite. As for all of the problems, Romney blames Obama without acknowledging the problems were given to Obama by Bush-Cheney, that the Republicans fought to block and fault all efforts and Romney’s math just doesn’t add up, as he simply says, “trust me, I know what to do”. The consistency is there and the message is absolutely clear that Romney literally has a lot of gall but returning to “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, with government catering to “the money” and depending on deception to con the people and manipulate public opinion, just can’t do anything other than get “more of the same” results that cost us so much.

    October 30, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  18. daniel

    It looks like that Romany can't even win his own home state "Michigan". Mean people will always fall hard and he is heading that way. Preaching is easy, but living it is some thing else. VOTE OBAMA!

    October 30, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  19. Name

    I don't believe Mitt Romney really care about
    The America senior citizens, students, union worker, single moms, minorities, or the poor.

    October 31, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  20. Ken

    Romney is proving to be a true leader with experience and vision for this county. Many people I talk to him see him as a possible next Ronald Reagan in his strong beliefs and faith in everyone to turn around a major mess that Obama has made much worse with all his spin and smoke and mirrors due to his inexperience coming into the Presidency and NEVER having the private sector business experience, and we are all paying for that today as the country struggles. Go Romney!

    October 31, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Obama has not held to the same standard as right leaning leaders. Let’s look at these examples. Fast and Furious, One year before NBC ran the story, ONE YEAR. Bin Laden, Obama kept military commanders hanging on by declaring he would ‘sleep on it’ before taking 16 hours to give the go-ahead to raid Bin Laden’s compound. When Obama called seal team 6 they answered and Osama Bin Laden was taken out. When 2 seals team members called Obama from Benghazi they were told to stand down. For seven long hours Obama did nothing. 2 brave men, who heard the pleas, defied orders, and in the highest traditions of the seals, they fought to defend Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith on sovereign U S soil, against 150 terrorist. The white house situation room watched these events unfold in real time by way of a drone that was circling overhead of the consulate. Obama went to Vegas the next day to prep for the debate, and lied about it being about a protest about a video. He then waited a month to take action in the gulf after the BP oil spill. Where is the angry, the outrage over these inexcusable actions, Yet Bush got crucified for seven minutes while his secret service detail arranged for a change of plans on 9/11, And Obama seems to get a pass.
    Romney/Ryan 2012 they are both men of honor and integrity.

    October 31, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |

    President Obama looks very Presidential - I bet Michelle is very proud that her husband is close to getting re-elected. Barack is THE man of the hour - the day - the year -FOREVER!

    October 31, 2012 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  23. betterdays

    Spending borrowed money where it is not likely to make a difference. Sounds familiar.

    October 31, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Thank you mr. president that you are going to do adverr

    October 31, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Thank you mr. president that you are going to do advertisment in michigan. mitt ramney messed up the middle class which cost several citizens jobs. the very important things to do is advertisment. who sqaid......one god. one nattion. one people...only nmr. president barack obama.

    October 31, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
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