Romney Fights for Ohio, Regardless of the Polls

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Brian Snyder / Reuters

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio Sept. 25, 2012.

Before Mitt Romney set foot in Ohio for a two-day bus tour this week, his campaign was spinning the state of the presidential contest there. On a flight between Newark and Dayton on Tuesday, Romney political director Rich Beeson argued that publicly available polling, most notably a Washington Post survey that showed President Obama ahead by 8 points in the state, had the race all wrong. “The public polls are what the public polls are,” he said. “I kind of hope the Obama campaign is basing their campaign on what the public polls say. We don’t. We have confidence in our data.”

Beeson didn’t share any of the campaign’s internal polling–nor did he explicitly say that it shows a radically different race than the public surveys. But like many Republicans at the moment, he was adamant that polling samples based on exit polls from the 2008 election overstate Democratic support. (Some are taking that theory to extremes.) Romney is “inside the margin of error in Ohio,” Beeson said, a statement that suggested a close race without really putting a number on it. True, the Post poll could easily be an outlier, and a New York Times/CBS News poll released Wednesday is almost certainly one: it found Obama up by 10 points in Ohio, a margin larger than any other major firm has reported. But even if the number strains credulity, it’s bad news for Romney.

Both candidates will sweep through Ohio on Wednesday, the unofficial start of the final mad scrum for swing-state votes. Romney rallied with Paul Ryan, Rand Paul and Rob Portman on Tuesday in Dayton, and he’ll hit three more cities Wednesday, while Obama visits Bowling Green State and Kent State universities.  Those efforts make sense regardless of the latest polls.

Beeson claimed the map is “wide open,” that Romney does not need to win Ohio to carry the election. While it’s true that there are scenarios in which Romney would not need Ohio to win, losing it would seriously handicap his chances. If you add Ohio to the category of states that Obama is almost certain to win, that group adds up to 255 electoral college votes, just 15 shy of the total needed to carry the race. In other words, Romney can’t afford to withdraw from Ohio. Taken in this light, Beeson’s comments can be interpreted a little differently. He said repeatedly that the Romney campaign is “basing our decisions off” trusted internal data, not darkening public polls. If this week is any indication, that decision is to fight for Ohio, no matter what the numbers say

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Glen Fiddich
Glen Fiddich

Mr Obvious:  "I don't get it, I thought CNN was part of the dry humpin' media that covers up for Obama? You guys need to decide which media and at what time that do the bidding of the evil Obama."

  Do you suppose, MrO, that perhaps the FBI and/or the White House prefer

NOT to give out information to hotheaded gasbags such as handjob -- in view of the fact that the situation

in Benghazi is so unstable that the FBI cannot safely enter there yet --

until there are ACTUAL FACTS (someone explain this concept to handjob)

that accurately reflect what happened and why?  Maybe they think it is

not really a good idea to encourage the ranting of bubbleheaded

blowhards like handjob but rather to let them hang themselves with their

own stupidity?

One of the concepts of logic which seems

constantly to escape RepubliKKKrappers in general -- and handjob in

particular -- is that, as a general rule, critical thinking involves developing some emotional and

intellectual distance between yourself and ideas -- whether your own or others'

-- in order to better evaluate their truth, validity, and reasonableness.

In his emotional angst over the fact that Romney has lost the White House, handjob makes irrational statements such as : "Unless someone confesses, we will never have justice for those people."

Please refresh my memory: did Bin Laden confess to anything, before President Obama brought him to justice?

wyl5326
wyl5326

Media's bias for Barack is very obvious by the way the covered Barack's gaffes while exagerrating and repeatedly emphasizing Mitt's ! That clearly will have impact on voters !

Media bias is enormously aiding Barack's credibility as they try to minimize his gaffes and exaggerates Mitt's. That's what makes Hillary frustrated in '08 and media is repeating it now !

It is indeed very scary if we also apply this to the creeping destruction of US by internal forces created by the HOPE and CHANGE that Barack unleashed in '08 ! He not only mesmerized the World politics single-handedly, it also prompted Nobel Committee to award him the Peace Prize even without any visible accomplishments aside from his Presidential election ! Such was the lure of Barack with the power of his Words ! Unfortunately for him, his soothing rhetoric to call for an end to violence and division don't apply to the politics he preaches on his campaign trails ! What a big Hypocrite Barack is ! I hope somebody will call his attention to it and expose him for what he really is ! Likewise, we now have a debt total of over $16Trillion that will saddle the country and future generations of heavy tax burdens for years to come. Barack's share of responsibility amounted to $5 Trillion in less than 4 years of his reign to date compared to his predecessor W of a similar $5 Trillion in a longer period of 8 full years ! That is How Barack is slowly destroying the country and this is maybe similar to the slow boiling of Frogs in an Open Pot that will ultimately kill them ! Barack have promised to unite the US, but instead moved to destroy a person long before election season by unleashing Attack Ads against Mitt whom he sees as an out of touch rich man that stood across his path for re-election that must be destroyed before he could even ascend to the stage as a political challenger as early as June, 2012 ! Then he conveniently sided with the Occupiers to counter the gathering strength of Tea par-tiers who saw him as a real divider in 2009 when he arrogantly told GOPs that election has consequences as he ram down his Obamacare without considering the cost it will entail ! Barack may have the gift for soaring rhetoric, but he is an empty vessel without any idea how the real world of business works ! He was easily swayed by the whispers of his underlings who are equally naive of the real world as Solyndra have shown us ! He sided with Environmentalists to pursue unfeasible alternative energy source without understanding the consequence of Corn-based ethanol ! W may not be articulate and frequently fumbles with words, but he never followed the whispers of snake oil salesman that Barack swallowed hook, line and sinker, specially when they go to him bearing campaign donations !

Glen Fiddich
Glen Fiddich

Barack's gaffes?  You have proof of these?

Exaggerating and emphasizing Mitt's gaffes?  You have proof of such exaggeration and emphasis?  I think you will find that merely reporting them is all that is necessary.  They are sufficiently sensational -- and stupid -- without media enhancement.

"...destruction of US by internal forces....{snipping remainder of your rant}

Indeed.  Again, proof of the existence of such internal forces, and then proof of the "destruction" they have wrought...

WHINING and LYING ... its what RepubliKKKrappers DO!

wyl5326
wyl5326

don't you watch news about how Barack described Egypt not a US ally after turmoil in the Muslim world arising from the stupid fictional movie denigrating their Prophet ?  Is Barack not sabotaging the US by his policy of propagating culture of Entitlements instead of being independent in Spirit ? I can forgive you if you are not an American for lacking that culture !

wyl5326
wyl5326

Nobody is encouraging poor not to work, but you assumed I was referring to poor white only, but Barack have created this culture of entitlement as he campaign and repeatedly mouthing the slogan of Fair Share without even elaborating what it meant until a voice recording of Barack surface where he told listeners that he is committed to Redistribution of wealth ! That is clear admission of Barack to make the US either a communist country or similar to the bankrupt Euro counties now we see in TV with turmoil hounding their countries for a couple of years now with high unemployment ! They are in that situation now because their government have instituted culture of entitlements too and spending beyond the government's means ! Nobody should spent beyond their income and that is pure common sense ! We can't rob Paul to pay Peter, because that is un-American ! We are a compassionate country and takes care of our poor, but make no mistake that we want to encourage culture of dependency !

wyl5326
wyl5326

It is Barack himself who put up TV ads recruiting applicants for Foodstamp and you never saw the ads on TV ? I go to Hospital every week for cancer support group meeting and was surprise a table was place in Hospital lobby with placard on table announcing Food Stamp applications on table staff by some individuals from I don't know where they came from ! Is not not a policy to encourage culture of entitlement ? Entitlement should never be based on race and it is you who have mistaken notion to assume that I'm talking of entitlements as race driven ! I'm of color too !

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 Who is encouraging poor whites not to work? That is a fantasy only heard on Fox News and the lyin mouths of Republican operatives.

wyl5326
wyl5326

it is you who is clueless when you don't even knew that Barack was corrected by his own underling on the ally answer !  It is true that big part of entitlement recipients belong to poor white families, that is not the issue, because they really need help, but encouraging them not to work is the issue !

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 You clueless tool! That was a shot across the bow the the Egyptian Government. One that had the desired effect. And if you want to talk about propagating a culture of Entitlement perhaps you may want to visit some of the so called Red States most of which are built and run on government subsidies.

Glen Fiddich
Glen Fiddich

 Vote GOP for SMALL GOVERNMENT!!!!!

(Small enough to fit into your v@gina:twitter  .)

Glen Fiddich
Glen Fiddich

Vote GOP for SMALL GOVERNMENT!!!!!

(Small enough to fit into your vagina.)

Glen Fiddich
Glen Fiddich

  Among registered voters in Pennsylvania:

52% support Obama

43% support Romney

Have a nice day, Mitt!

Glen Fiddich
Glen Fiddich

  Among registered voters in Florida:

52% support Obama

43% support Romney

Have a nice day, Mitt!

Glen Fiddich
Glen Fiddich

  Among registered voters in Ohio:

52% support Obama

41% support Romney

Have a nice day, Mitt!