Romney to focus on debates while Democrats gather in Charlotte

Sat Sep 1, 2012 5:01pm EDT

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio September 1, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio September 1, 2012.

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ABOARD MITT ROMNEY'S CAMPAIGN PLANE (Reuters) - While President Barack Obama and his supporters rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, next week, Republican rival Mitt Romney will be off the campaign trail to prepare for the televised debates this autumn against the Democratic incumbent.

Senior Romney campaign adviser Kevin Madden said Romney planned to spend Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on debate preparation at the home of Kerry Healey in Reading, Vermont. Healey was the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts while Romney was governor of the state.

Madden could not confirm whether Romney would campaign at all during the week of the Democratic National Convention, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday in Charlotte, but he downplayed the move and insisted it was not a reversal of previous plans.

Senior Republican strategists, including Madden, said last month that Romney would have a full campaign schedule, including in battleground states, during the week of the Democratic convention.

"I expect we will have public events, I just don't have them confirmed yet," Madden said.

Romney, who formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination earlier this week in Tampa, Florida, is in a close race with Obama, who is personally popular but vulnerable due to anger over the sluggish U.S. economy

Democrats, in turn, have tagged Romney as a wealthy elitist out of touch with average Americans. The Republican challenger must beat back that charge and overcome criticism that he is dry and aloof in public if he is to win the November 6 election.

The three televised debates on October 3, 16 and 22 could be pivotal points.

Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio will stand in for Obama during Romney's debate preparation, while Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, will play Romney during Obama's pre-debate sessions.

Obama regained a narrow lead on Saturday by 44 percent to 43 percent over Romney, in the latest daily installment of the four-day Reuters/Ipsos rolling poll. Republicans had hoped their convention would give Romney a huge lift in the polls rather than the modest bump that appears to have materialized.

When asked about the prospect that Democrats would monopolize headlines with their convention in Charlotte, Madden said that Romney's "surrogates" would be busy campaigning during the week.

Romney's running mate, U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, is planning to campaign, beginning with a visit to North Carolina on Monday.

"I don't think it's going to be like a news blackout," Madden said.

(Editing by Paul Simao)

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Comments (4)
altalks21 wrote:
Lightning strikes twice in Republican dominated Texas. August, a court struck down the state’s newest maps for voting districts saying they undercut the voting power of Latinos & African-Americans. A court has also ruled that the Texas voter ID law discriminates against the poor & minorities in violation of the Voting Rights Act. So much for Republicans representing ALL AMERICANS.

Sep 01, 2012 9:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JusticeNow4U wrote:
RNC Platform:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military

5. Rampant Sexism

6. Controlled Mass Media

7. Obsession with National Security

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined

9. Corporate Power is Protected

10. Labor Power is Suppressed

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption

14. Fraudulent Elections

Sep 02, 2012 2:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Texasbred wrote:
I ran across this and it really sums it up for the GOP. They cry PATRIOTISM and yet don’t confuse them with the facts.

“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”
Dick Cheney or Herman Goering – you decide

Sep 03, 2012 10:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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