Skip to comments.Romney camp trusts own data, strategy, not public polls, in Ohio
Posted on 09/25/2012 6:09:51 PM PDT by Red Steel
VANDALIA, OH For the Romney campaign, Tuesday brought yet more bad news from the Buckeye state: a new Washington Post poll showed the Republican presidential nominee trailing President Barack Obama by eight points in this critical battleground state, with 52 percent of Ohio voters in favor of giving the incumbent another four years.
Before Mitt Romney's plane touched down at the Dayton airport today, two top aides were dispatched to the press cabin to put out possible fires the numbers might have sparked.
"The public polls are what the public polls are," Romney Political Director Rich Beeson told reporters. "I kind of hope the Obama campaign is basing their campaign on what the public polls say. We dont. We have confidence in our data and our metrics."
What the Romney teams data indicated about Ohio, Beeson wouldn't say. He argued that Romney was inside the margin of error here by any stretch, and dismissed the much-hyped Obama ground game in Ohio as activity confused with progress.
"I will put our operation up against anybodys. But at the end of the day, Ohio is going to come down to the wire and well be in it down to the wire and Im confident that we will win, Beeson said.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Romney's Ohio chairman Rob Portman projected similar confidence that Romney would carry his home state, despite the mounting poll data showing him slipping further behind President Obama. He told NBC News that the Romney campaign was taking a page out of then-candidate Obama's book by attempting to run a more regional campaign inside the state.
"I do think there is a strategy, which the Obama administration is very good at, which is to you know, target particular groups of people and particular regions and you know, the Romney campaign is doing it as well," Portman said.
Portman, a freshman senator, then ticked off the various demographics and localities and how they're being targeted by the Romney campaign: running advertisements accusing the president of a war on coal in the east; talking fracking in communities near the Marcellus and Utica shale formations; and focusing on trade and China in heavy manufacturing areas like the Mahoning Valley, Northeast Ohio and here in Dayton.
"I think that's one way we're going to win Ohio, by addressing the issues region by region," Portman said. "There isn't just one Ohio. Its not monolithic."
Moments earlier, Romney had done exactly what Portman suggested; running as much against China's trade practices as the incumbent president, and vowing to fight back to preserve jobs.
"This cannot be allowed," Romney said of alleged Chinese trade abuses. "We cannot compete with people who don't play fair and I won't let that go on, I will stop it in its tracks."
In addition to his role as Romney's Ohio campaign chairman, Portman also serves as Romney's debate sparring partner, a role at which he is so good, Romney claims, the GOP nominee sometimes wants "to kick him out of the room."
Asked how debate preparations were going, Portman shrewdly looked to lower expectations for Romney, and raise them for Obama, ahead of the first showdown on Oct. 3rd.
"When you think about it, [Romney] hasn't had a real debate in 10 years," Portman said, claiming the 20-plus GOP debates Romney participated in during the primaries were not one-on-one, and were more like candidate forums than true debates.
He also heaped praise on Obama's debating skills: "Barack Obama is going to be formidable. I think it'll be a good debate, but I certainly would not underestimate what Barack Obama brings to it: a lot of experience in these kinds of debates and obviously a lot of knowledge and background on the federal issues."
romney is down 3 points to the black muslim commie usurper fraud in ohio.
What the h*ll is wrong with the people still on their knees with Obama? Have they no shame?
I hope and pray the poll numbers are way off.
Good to hear - it’s easy to let the media control your mood. It seems Romney has better polling than the media is willing to allow...so he’s not fooled.
Sadly, but predictably, Ohio will be wholly represented by the large metro areas, notably Cleveland. While there may be some hope for Columbus, and a smidgen for Cincinnati, the Cleveland, Dayton, and Toledo metro areas will likely carry the state, overall.
I can say, though, that the areas away from those metro areas are solidly conservative, and will vote that way.
My hope is that the lazy-a$$ dems will believe the polls, and a great many of them will stay home for the Oprah marathon rather than vote...
NBC REPORTER MOCKS ROMNEY FOR NOT BELIEVING ‘MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING’ CREATES HURRICANES
Romney has dismissed man-made climate change & joked about rising oceans. Today he’ll see effects of both in flooded south Louisiana
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Garrett Haake obviously think it’s okay to tweet this unthinking, unscientific, historically ignorant nonsense because he sees it — as OBJECTIVE TRUTH. You know, like water is wet and up is higher than down.
And this is what happens when you live in a bubble — you actually start to believe that if we increase fuel standards hurricanes will go away.
Moreover, now we have yet another look at how impossible it is for Romney to get anything close to objective coverage from those covering the campaign. Look at what Romney’s up against in just the few words of that tweet — a roaring moron who believes that if we cut carbon emissions hurricanes will go away.
Haake epitomizes the anti-scientific, theocratic thinking of the Our Gaia Of the Global Warming Church.
Biased, arrogant, and hopelessly ignorant — the corrupt media in a nutshell.
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Polls are for strippers and cross country skiers.
Dispatch from Battleground Ohio, where Rob Portman called me “Romney’s @AndrewNBCNews” & set debate expectations looow: nbcnews.to/UFn85L
7:18pm - 25 Sep 12
Ah, those mythical “internal polls” that perdicted Juan McCain’s victory in 2008.
Reporters get shaft on Romney plane
In the 2 hours the press was off Romney plane in SD, a new curtain has been installed to separate the reporters from the staff section. NBC News Garrett Haake.
“Ah, those mythical internal polls that perdicted Juan McCains victory in 2008.”
Until the scare tactics of the financial markets manipulation delivered the election to Obama a month or two before the election, McCain/Palin had it in the bag. Once people felt sufficiently threatened, and McCain couldn’t articulate a plan for anything other than “business as usual”, he was sunk. Up until that point, any Obama supporters I knew assumed Obama would lose (and it was close enough to indicate that was the truth).
Understanding the Romney policy leak
Yesterday evening NBCs Garrett Haake had a nice scoop, revealing some policy proposal details that Mitt Romney discussed at a closed-door fundraiser. Most notably: plans to streamline the federal government, possibly eliminating some agencies and, perhaps, shutting down the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which Romneys father once headed.
I don’t trust ANY “polls” right now. These same bass turds who claim Barry the Kenyan Guy is winning never saw 2010 coming. They’re about to make it two in a row.
Wise to ignore the external polling. It’s like any statistic: it can be skewed any way the person preparing it wants to skew it.
Now, anything can change and we've only looked at the main counties so far but they all are showing big gOP advantages and/or in Dem counties much smaller margins than what Obama needs to win.
I doubt that McCain won have won in 2008 under any circumstance. A third-term in the presidency for any party is a historic rarity - Bush 41 was the first time (other than FDR) since 1928.
That said, the magnitude of McCain’s loss would have been considerably smaller without the financial meltdown - ironically caused by the RATS from the beginning. And several senate races would have been salvaged without the McCain undertow.
Once the meltdown occurred, the voters saw McCain as a mumbling, bumbling old man who couldn’t string 3 coherent sentences together and knew nothing about the economy.
Thank you, please keep us advised as to Ohio absentees and ground game.
Until the scare tactics of the financial markets manipulation delivered the election to Obama a month or two before the election, McCain/Palin had it in the bag. Once people felt sufficiently threatened, and McCain couldnt articulate a plan for anything other than business as usual, he was sunk. Up until that point, any Obama supporters I knew assumed Obama would lose (and it was close enough to indicate that was the truth).
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