First on CNN: Romney internal memo says 'GOP enthusiasm' will tilt election
November 3rd, 2012
04:13 PM ET
10 years ago

First on CNN: Romney internal memo says 'GOP enthusiasm' will tilt election

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - In the face of poll numbers showing a challenging path to victory Tuesday, particularly in Ohio, Mitt Romney's campaign is telling allies to talk up Republican chances in Democratic-leaning states while insisting that "GOP enthusiasm" will carry Romney to victory on Election Day.

In a memo circulated Saturday to top Republican leaders and surrogates in the media, the Romney campaign says they are "forcing Obama on defense" in states he won handily in 2008 – including Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Romney will campaign on Sunday.

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The memo was provided to CNN by a Republican source outside the Romney campaign, which frequently sends out confidential talking points to GOP senators, congressmen and governors.

The memo distributed Saturday is titled "GOTV and the Romney-Ryan ground game."

"With the campaigns even on the ground and in early vote, GOP enthusiasm is going to carry Romney to victory," it reads.

Under a section named "Path To Victory," the memo lists Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio as "Obama's firewall" (despite the fact that Obama can afford to lose Iowa if he also wins Nevada, where he is favored). Polls show Obama with a slight advantage over Romney in all three Midwestern states.

"Mitt Romney is up or tied with Obama in every key battleground state, forcing Obama on defense in states he won by double digits in 2008 like WI, IA, MI, MN and PA," the memo reads. "Obama's firewall includes two states – WI and IA – he won by double digits and is even with Romney in the polls today."

It continues, "Ohio is his other firewall – a state Obama has been visiting for 4 years and has spent millions of dollars on the air. Obama is behind where he was in 2008 in early vote. The Republican ground game is going to push us over the top."

The document provides data on the number of voter contacts the campaign has made in various battleground states.

It also touts Republican gains in early voting since the last election, when Republicans were out-maneuvered by the Obama campaign in early and absentee balloting in several states.

Polls show Obama leading Romney by double digits among early voters in Ohio and Iowa, two of the states described in the memo as part of Obama's firewall.

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  1. norma jean

    To the voters who plan to vote fpr Mitt Romney......I have one thing to say and one question...First....Romney has not made clear on any subject on what he plans to do as President...He has even said he will make that clear once he is elected!! ........My question to voters is:.......would you blindly buy a house or a car without knowing absolutely and positively what it was going to cost you ????I KNOW I WOULDN'T!!!!

    November 3, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  2. fernace

    People need to vote like their lives depend on it because they do!! Our choice is between a tax evading, corporate raider, who "harvested" companies like they were crops, or a man who has basically had to fight for us by himself, because the GOT-Party wants the black man out! Yet he's stuck to his principles & convictions that Americans & our diversity are what makes this country great & we need to continue the path to build on that! Romney proposes "less government" by eliminating things we need & specifically pay for, rather than end W's tax cuts for the rich, or cut the "pork" in other areas! They do reserve the right to intrude themselves in our bedrooms, though! So much for less government! I support Obama's way forward! Romney wants to take us back to the past! Obama/Biden 12!!

    November 3, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  3. JM

    "Mitt Romney is up or tied with Obama in every key battleground state". Um. Pretty much the opposite, so again facts are unimportant to the Romney campaign.

    November 4, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  4. Bill Graham

    We shall see on Tuesday, Mr. Romney. Don't count your eggs before they hatch.

    November 4, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    Translation: GOP cheating will tilt election.

    Democratic, registered voters here in the Detroit area are receiving robo calls stating they are not registered to vote. This has happened to several people and they have always voted and have their voter registration cards. Reported on our local news last night.

    OBAMA 2012!

    November 4, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  6. Name

    Its shameful how grown men, supposedly conservative, can lie and not be embarrassed. They are embarrassing!

    November 4, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  7. LIP

    Challenging path to victory?'s a dead heat.

    November 4, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    All this thinking makes my head hurt.
    First Republicans say they are equal to Obama in getting out the early vote and that more have done so this time.
    Second we are consistently told that Republicans go out in strength on polling day.
    Duh they cant have it both ways they either match in early voting OR can get a plus on voting day to offset the Obama early vote advantage., but not both, beccause statistically ther are only X total voters and we dont know who they voted for, but they are registered voters so a 95 % certainty (could be less/ more) they vote party line.
    Add to that we are also constantly told that Obama's "GROUND" get out the vote teams in Ohio and Pensylvania are far greater in numbers than Romney.... add in the poll advantage and a NE Pensylvania by over 200K votes as last time and Obama is home and dry!!

    November 4, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  9. Marie MD

    The twit's campaign reminds me of Napoleon at Waterloo and Custer. Oops 🙁

    November 4, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  10. DB

    Wishful thinking, yeah that wins every time. What a way to govern, surround yourself with people who tell you what you want to hear, not what you need to hear

    November 4, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  11. Michael

    Sounds like the times I have told my family to repeat out loud every hour "we are going to win the lottery" the day before and on the draw.

    Obviously, we have not won yet !!!!

    November 4, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. Jean

    Fired up!! Godspeed President-Elect Romney!

    November 4, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
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