Romney, Obama camps war over 'state of the race'
October 31st, 2012
05:39 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney, Obama camps war over 'state of the race'

(CNN) - Who has the momentum in the race for the White House, President Barack Obama or GOP challenger Mitt Romney?

Each campaign says they do, and are seeking to impress upon reporters that point.

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"A week from today, we will know hopefully the outcome of the election and we believe that Mitt Romney will be the next president of the United States," Russ Schriefer, a senior adviser to Romney's campaign, said Wednesday afternoon in a conference call with reporters.

Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod cited poll and early voting numbers in a separate call a few hours earlier, saying, "We feel very, very good about the numbers that we're mounting up in those states."

Their efforts come with only six days remaining in the presidential contest and after several days of campaigning were scrapped as Superstorm Sandy battered several eastern states. On Monday, Obama's campaign held a call with the same theme, and earlier on Friday, Romney senior adviser Kevin Madden told reporters traveling with the candidate that Democrats were feeling under pressure.

"I think in many of these states where the Democrats considered those to be locked down, safe states that they weren't going to have to defend, they've now gone up with - they're now pouring resources into those states," he said. "They have to put up ads on the air, and I think that shows that they're playing defense, whereas when we've gone in with resources to many states, it's because we're playing offense, that we have an expanded map now to get to the, our electoral of 270."

Madden's briefing took place on a flight from Miami to Tampa, Florida, and was the first time in several days the campaign has held an on-the-record briefing for reporters.

The Romney campaign described their newly-developing effort in Pennsylvania - where they have announced an ad buy on Monday and Tuesday of next week - which Democrats have said is a bluff to show confidence.

"As you looked at the numbers in Pennsylvania starting to close it became a very interesting place for us to go in," Romney's political director, Rich Beeson, said. "And when you look at the issues in Pennsylvania, when you look at the absentee ballot numbers that are playing out there - and we are significantly over performing in those - Pennsylvania is a place that we decided to wade into as a path to 300 electoral votes."

Only 270 electoral votes are required to win the presidency, and the CNN Electoral Map predicts Romney holds 206 and Obama 237 with 95 among eight toss up states.

On Monday's Obama call, campaign manager Jim Messina said of Pennsylvania, "We're not going to take anything for granted."

Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said on his candidate's conference call that the race comes down to winning among independent voters.

"We lead among independents," he said. "If you take a step back from this you'll see exactly what this is, which is a very tight race that is very far from being decided right now."

- CNN's Rachel Streitfeld and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report

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  1. godbluff

    I'M WIT MIT!
    Although, tying your wagon to a puppet who is the front man for a corporation that would just as soon see you dead as they would successful is a sign of insanity.
    It really doesn't matter who resides in the Oval Office, they will sell out the common folk, they will increase your taxes, they will endorse death on those in foreign countries. They will lie, boldly and brazenly to our faces far more often than they will ever tell the truth. Their agendas are controlled by men far more powerful than they will ever be.
    FOUR MORE YEARS; FOUR MORE YEARS... of lies, obfuscations, misleading's, acting and faking... I can hardly wait...Yawn; Smirk!

    November 1, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  2. gramatanbob

    Witness 5 days until a new American revolution. Romney elected by a landslide and brings America back to global greatness.

    November 1, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  3. Robert DeBeaux

    Because the Electoral College is made up of only Republicans and Democrats, the likelihood that another party's candidate will be selected is extremely remote. Seeing how no other than the two MAJOR political parties are sitting at the voting trough.
    Therefore, it is realistic that all who oppose the current regime of the last 4 years vote for Romney. By splintering our votes on "hopefuls" will usher in the final nail in the coffin that holds the Constitution and America as a free nation.

    November 1, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  4. Cuffy Meigs

    Presidebt O'bysmal's campaign has all the momentum of a flat tire. That's a good thing for America.

    November 1, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  5. RedHotRash

    Romney will win in an epic, never seen before landslide victory!! It will be soooo awesome to have REAL leadership insted of the incompetence..

    November 1, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  6. kestrel27

    While the joke we call news media in this country goes to bat for Obama and covers for his losing campaign, Romney and Ryan just keep moving on. The Romney campaign has to fight against the aforementioned media, the lies and attacks by Obama who offers nothing, but 4 more years of the same, idiot Parasites with their "free" Obama phones, boxes of premarked Democrat ballots, dead Democrats, and the usual Democrat voter fraud we get every election cycle. When you consider all that, there is no way Romney should even be close, let alone win this election, but somehow, I think he will! What it bpoils down to, is that every Republican, Independent, and rational thinking person has to vote in order to defeat the Democrat sleaze machine.

    November 1, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  7. Big Ed

    It's funny that the Dem/Libs refuse to see the writing on the wall, but rather will put all their faith in Nate Silver and "Intrade"... it's like reality means nothing anymore

    November 1, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  8. Greg C

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012 – obozo is finished...

    November 1, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  9. Bill F

    What about your failure to respond to the terrorist attack in Benghazi – Obama ? You're responsible for the murder of 4 Americans – we demand justice.... You are guilty and do not deserve to serve as president of the USA.

    November 1, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
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