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Romney cedes Ohio TV airwaves to Obama (at least for now)
LA Times ^ | September 6, 2012 | Michael Finnegan

Posted on 09/06/2012 12:24:41 PM PDT by HenryArmitage

CLEVELAND — If you switched on a television in northern Ohio this week, chances are you saw an ad for President Obama’s reelection campaign. Or two. Or three. Over and over again.

Mitt Romney? Nothing.

Obama’s Republican challenger has spent much of the summer racing around the country gathering campaign donations to pay for advertising. And the legal restraints that kept him from spending money raised for the general election were lifted a week ago, when the party officially nominated him for president.

Yet for reasons that his advisors declined to discuss, Romney has ceded the advertising airwaves to Obama over the last week in Ohio and other battleground states...

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: ads; obamaohio; ohio; ohioswingstate; romney; romneyads; romneyohio; swingstate; swingstates
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I know this is LA Times, but with the warchest bulging and Ohio being so important why stop?
1 posted on 09/06/2012 12:24:48 PM PDT by HenryArmitage
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To: LS

what say you?


2 posted on 09/06/2012 12:28:01 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: HenryArmitage

Similar article this morning about Pennsylvania. I’d say why run ads in the week of your opponent’s convention? It is like a BB versus a cannon of TV time. Wait until next week and then hit them hard with 7 weeks to go.


3 posted on 09/06/2012 12:29:57 PM PDT by PaForBush
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To: HenryArmitage

Why not wait until after the DNC to get fresh ammo for a reload.


4 posted on 09/06/2012 12:30:10 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: HenryArmitage
Given the attention span of *many* in the electorate and the fact we're still 60 days out,
  perhaps they're planning to wait to blitz everywhere much closer to the day ?
5 posted on 09/06/2012 12:30:31 PM PDT by tomkat ( FU hussein)
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To: Perdogg

it would be dumb to run TV ads during the Democrat Convention.

No, they haven’t given up on Ohio . .lol


6 posted on 09/06/2012 12:30:39 PM PDT by StevenFlorida
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To: HenryArmitage

No they are not pulling adds in Ohio. Wishful thinking.


7 posted on 09/06/2012 12:31:44 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: HenryArmitage

Sounds like they are sitting out the convention and then planning to relaunch. After all, during the convention the dems dominate the news, but you get some free time responding in the news.

Romney has been very proactive and produced a number of surprises. I’m sure they are planning a few more over this last couple of months.


8 posted on 09/06/2012 12:32:20 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: HenryArmitage

Romney is smart with money.

No need to worry.


9 posted on 09/06/2012 12:33:23 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Perdogg
The theory I've heard:

Romney is going to cede most of the commercial advertising to the Super Pacs. Obama has been burning far more money than Romney on commercials with little to show for it so far and Romney doesn't think that will change. He is planning to pour his war chest into the largest "ground game", "get out the vote" program in history.

10 posted on 09/06/2012 12:33:49 PM PDT by apillar
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To: HenryArmitage

Actually, I think it is smart. Obama’s ads will probably turn off most voters. When the other guy is sticking his foot in his mouth, let him. I think Mitt is letting the “Empty Chair” sink in for people. He will hit it hard when the convention is over.


11 posted on 09/06/2012 12:34:23 PM PDT by Bookwoman ("...and I am unanimous in this...")
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To: Perdogg

I’d agree...save the money for a little later. The media is going to the airways to the Dems exclusively for the next week. Yuk and double yuk....


12 posted on 09/06/2012 12:34:56 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: HenryArmitage

Romney just raised $300 million in the last 3 months that he wasn’t able to spend until after the conventions.

Hard to believe he is conceding when the campaign hasn’t even started yet.


13 posted on 09/06/2012 12:34:56 PM PDT by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: HenryArmitage

Just a guess:

1) No use competing with convention coverage

2) Any day now, the campaigns will disclose their latest cash haul, and camp Romney will know where Barry stands...and spend accordingly.

I don’t agree with either of these strategies, btw.


14 posted on 09/06/2012 12:35:00 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: apillar

Do you think Romney should buy TV time like 0bama did?


15 posted on 09/06/2012 12:36:32 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: lacrew

Or they want to parse through what’s said during the convention, then come out guns blazing turning their own words against them.


16 posted on 09/06/2012 12:38:02 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: radpolis

I doubt very much he is conceding Ohio. It may be that Ohio is in the bag already in the private polling.


17 posted on 09/06/2012 12:40:55 PM PDT by expat2
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To: HenryArmitage

Team Romney needs a few days to sort through the humongous pile of fodder that the Dem convention has provided.


18 posted on 09/06/2012 12:41:39 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Perdogg

Probably knew that this convention would supply endless amounts of fresh material for boffo new ads.


19 posted on 09/06/2012 12:42:11 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Perdogg
Do you think Romney should buy TV time like 0bama did?

I think it would be a risky strategy to abandon advertisements altogether or even leave it to the (ostensibly) independent super pacs. But Romney is a risk taker and has had a good track record of making the right calls in business and politics. One thing for sure if he poured his entire massive warchest into the ground game, he would have one heck of get out the vote effort.

20 posted on 09/06/2012 12:44:40 PM PDT by apillar
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To: HenryArmitage
Just wait.

In my opinion (hope) Romney campaign are waiting until the last moment to reveal their campaign strategy. They couldn't do so until AFTER the DNC convention. 1. so the Dems can't use it against us 2. They may want to include things that happen AT the DNC convention. If that part is correct, WOW, did they get new ammo or what?

This, in my opinion, includes which and how many states they are targeting. Time will tell, but it should become clear in a few days after the euphoria from the DNC convention wears off.

21 posted on 09/06/2012 12:46:30 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: HenryArmitage
I think the Romney campaign is going to use their advertising budget strategically. I was listening to ABC news during the 3 o'clock feed of WABC and they played a portion of the new Bill Clinton ad done by the RNC. They reported the Romney campaign would not give detail on how much they spent on the ad or where it was going to be aired, but I saw another Freeper post the ad is already showing up in his state on television. That ad is most potent being aired now considering Clinton sang the praises of Obama last night so it's still fresh in voters minds IMO.

Romney has a ton of $$ and will spend is wisely unlike Obama.

22 posted on 09/06/2012 12:48:59 PM PDT by MissyMa
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To: HenryArmitage

Why blow an ad budget when you know you’ll have better material to work with later, when it will be more effective. This deal in Charlotte is producing a bevy of low hanging, ripe, throwing tomatos.


23 posted on 09/06/2012 12:52:15 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: StevenFlorida

Spot on.. they haven`t given up at all. Watch for the biggest cannons to commence firing next week.

We`re going to see GOP firepower unleashed like we`ve never before seen. And 0bama knows it; thus that 50-minute dog-and-pony show by Clinton last night.


24 posted on 09/06/2012 12:58:45 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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Why interrupt a freak show like the DNC convention? The TV coverage of the convention is like a NatGeo special on the weird, poisonous, toothy fish they find living near the wreck of the Titanic. My liberal Jewish family who voted for Obama in 2008 now says they think he’s an anti-Semitic, communist *sshole (yes, we did build our businesses). Beyond that, I will be very surprised if Romney and superpac ads doesn’t disembowel Obama in the next two months.


25 posted on 09/06/2012 1:04:07 PM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: expat2

I was working at the campaign office when word came down that McCain was abandoning Michigan. No sicker feeling in the gut. Today there have been similar stories about Mi, Pa, and Oh. This is psyop high grade b.s. They wish. Michigan voters - Reagan democrats - are sick of how dishonest and incompetent this jackarse has been. No one I know other than hard line unioneers or gov dependants want four more years of this mess.


26 posted on 09/06/2012 1:05:30 PM PDT by epluribus_2
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To: HenryArmitage
LA Times. *snicker*

Romney knows exactly what he's doing.

27 posted on 09/06/2012 1:13:56 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (Obama, a ship sailing on yesterday's wind)
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To: HenryArmitage

Well, I live in Cincinnati which is very different from the cesspool that is Cleveland but on my street I count 6 Romney yard signs and 2 religious freedom yard signs. (Including in the yard of my FDR democrat union neighbor) and i have yet to see a single Odogeater sign anywhere.


28 posted on 09/06/2012 1:13:56 PM PDT by Finatic (I ran out of change and have given up on hope. FUBO, I am so sick of your sorry a$$ you effin punk)
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To: tomkat
...the fact we're still 60 days out, perhaps they're planning to wait to blitz everywhere much closer to the day?

Ohio has 30+ days of early voting. Waiting to run ads extremely close to traditional Election Day is the old way of doing things (although many campaigns have yet to grasp this fact).

29 posted on 09/06/2012 1:14:25 PM PDT by gdani
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To: bkepley

They are going to carpet bomb obama starting tomorrow.


30 posted on 09/06/2012 1:15:40 PM PDT by scbison
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To: onyx

Right on! This may be the first campaign that shows a profit! ;-)


31 posted on 09/06/2012 1:16:54 PM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: bkepley

Methinks Axelrod’s crew sent a reporter to try to find out Romney’s impending ad buys.

Romney’s campaign doesn’t seem to have obliged them.


32 posted on 09/06/2012 1:18:08 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: ScottinVA

James Rosen of Fox news is reporting they are going to start carpet bombing Obama tomorrow.. they even made it known that they don’t care about the war language they are using.. Actually, I think they compared it the daisy cutters as used in Iraq.


33 posted on 09/06/2012 1:20:15 PM PDT by scbison
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To: epluribus_2

I think this is reason Obama is panicking.. Romeny hasn’t spent much money yet and he is within the margin of error in all of these battle ground states.. He is going to start carpet bombing(romeny campaings words) starting tomorrw.


34 posted on 09/06/2012 1:23:46 PM PDT by scbison
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To: HenryArmitage

Stay tuned...


35 posted on 09/06/2012 1:28:06 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: PaForBush
Similar article this morning about Pennsylvania. I’d say why run ads in the week of your opponent’s convention? It is like a BB versus a cannon of TV time. Wait until next week and then hit them hard with 7 weeks to go.

Ditto!

36 posted on 09/06/2012 1:29:51 PM PDT by torchthemummy (Calvin Coolidge - "Patriotism is looking out for yourself by looking out for your Country.")
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To: tomkat

I hope they are not planning to do the 73 hour get out the vote crap again like they did 4 years ago.

They seem to forget that there is early voting now and this 72 hour get out the vote is not for today.

If they do this then they really are stupid


37 posted on 09/06/2012 1:33:50 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: HenryArmitage

The fix is in. Romney’s prize is the nomination, NOT the Prsidency. He has no intention of winning.

I at least thought he’d wait and make a fatal mistake in the debates, but I see he is making sure that he doesn’t win.


38 posted on 09/06/2012 1:40:26 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: gdani

just said the same

The oldway of doing things has gone and are out of date, the crap of getting out the vote in the last 72 hours doe snot work today and if the GOP does this like they did in 2008 then we will lose.

We have early voting now, we have absentee which will contain massive fraud and the GOP had better get a grip of this and get out the vote much earlier than 4 years ago.

I’m still stunned that there are some who still think the old way of 72 hours before election day will work.

Also early voting needs to go, why it is there os for the the left to vote often and early in different states


39 posted on 09/06/2012 1:45:04 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: MissyMa

In battle, nervous new recruits just fire their guns wildly in every direction. Very seasoned veterans make each shot count. “One shot, one kill”

Romney and team are seasoned.


40 posted on 09/06/2012 1:45:20 PM PDT by MrDem (Founder: Democrats for Cheney/Palin 2012)
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To: HenryArmitage

I’m in southern (west central) Ohio and we get a constant diet of Obama ads and an occasional Romney ad.

Last week was Medicare

This week is middle class tax increase of 2000

Romney’s ad: don’t recall seeing one.


41 posted on 09/06/2012 1:54:53 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: HenryArmitage

Mitt Romney’s campaign is gearing up for its first major television offensive since the Republican National Convention, laying down heavy-duty ad reservations in eight swing states, according to media-buying sources.

Romney’s campaign is buying time in Nevada, Ohio, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Virginia and Massachusetts — the last of those representing the Boston TV market, which covers much of New Hampshire.

http://www.politico.com//blogs/burns-haberman/2012/09/romney-revs-up-general-election-tv-blitz-134695.html


42 posted on 09/06/2012 1:56:17 PM PDT by jaguar21
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To: pabianice
Why interrupt a freak show like the DNC convention?

+1 to that.

43 posted on 09/06/2012 1:56:45 PM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: expat2

“I doubt very much he is conceding Ohio. It may be that Ohio is in the bag already in the private polling.”

There can be no “conceding” of Ohio for Romney.
Without the electoral votes from that state, he loses.

Having written that, I was cheered today to see a just-released poll that suggests Romney is now leading in OH. Previously, Obama had clung to a small, but steady lead in there.


44 posted on 09/06/2012 1:57:07 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: NTHockey

Poll: Romney up 3 in Ohio, best showing since June
The Hill ^
Posted on Thu Sep 06 2012 16:32:44 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) by Arthurio

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2927539/posts

Poll: Romney up 3 in Ohio, best showing since June

By Justin Sink - 09/05/12 08:25 PM ET

Mitt Romney has opened a 3-point lead in the pivotal swing state of Ohio, according to a new poll released Wednesday — the Republican nominee’s best showing since June.

The Republican ticket garnered support of 47 percent of those surveyed, versus 43 percent for Democrats, according to a poll released by Gravis Marketing. President Obama has led consistently in the polls since June, although that lead has been usually within the margin of error.

Meanwhile, 10 percent of voters remain unsure in the pivotal contest, or say they would back a third-party candidate


45 posted on 09/06/2012 1:58:22 PM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: apillar

that is similar to what I see happening in VA. No TV spots in a while but lots of calls and there has been a presence at just about every public event we saw.


46 posted on 09/06/2012 1:58:23 PM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: PaForBush

I hope that’s the case.

We are getting close to the election, and there is lots of ground to make up and little time.


47 posted on 09/06/2012 1:58:59 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: newfreep

Obama at 43 and Sherrod Brown at 44 is death for incumbents.

I really hope Josh Mandel gets in there and wins, he will make a great Senator. There are not enough military veterans in the Senate (who served recently and not 40 years ago).


48 posted on 09/06/2012 2:03:48 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: scbison

Sounds good to me!


49 posted on 09/06/2012 2:06:36 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: gdani; manc
Yea, I'd forgotten about OH's early voting (how f'd up is that ??)

As I think Romney's in this to win it, look for the barrage to start this weekend in OH,
and very shortly afterward in the other battleground states, incl/ here in PA.


But I'm just a carpenter, and they didn't ask me about it    ;-)

50 posted on 09/06/2012 2:11:24 PM PDT by tomkat ( FU hussein)
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