As Romney fought for delegates, Obama team was lying in wait
May 11th, 2012
12:07 PM ET

As Romney fought for delegates, Obama team was lying in wait

(CNN) - With Mitt Romney's victories in the April 24 Republican primaries, a new phase of the campaign began at Obama re-election headquarters in Chicago. After a year spent hiring staff and building an organization, Obama for America finally had what it had been waiting for: an opponent.

"The monologue is over," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said the day after Romney's conclusive five-state primary sweep. "Now Romney has to put his record and his agenda up against the president's, and we look forward to that debate. The general election might just be starting, but we've been at this for more than a year in Chicago."

This year of preparation certainly gave the Obama campaign a head start on building up a national organization, but it also allowed the campaign leadership to map out a message for the early weeks of the general election.

The map has included a campaign kickoff just days after the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, a huge push by the president on the issue of student loans and an aggressive attempt to define Romney as out of touch with the struggles of middle-class Americans.

Even the president's recent announcement that he now supports same-sex marriage appears to have been scheduled as a part of the campaign's rollout. Senior advisers to the president say Obama was always planning to announce his new position before the Democratic convention in September, probably at a time when his Democratic base needed energizing.

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  1. Howard

    It would be nice if Obama would use his cunning, under handed, deceptive moves to protect the American people ... instead of using them against the American people !!!

    May 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      I am curious,

      Was Romney looking at a Teleprompter?

      I know Obummer was (well,,, look at wHoushinne's Eyes)

      Watch his eyes and listen to his voice,,,,
      If he sounds Educated and doesn't studder, he is reading the Teleprompter,,,
      If he is Studdering, he is making it up on the fly,,,,
      If he is Speaking, he is probably trying to sound middle of the road....
      but is actually, 90% of the time, telling a fib!

      The other 10% of the time he was lucky to actually say some truth,,,,
      but he was using words that sounded true, but was actually using code words,,,,

      Move Forward all you Working Families!

      (Move Communisim Forward for the Labor Party)

      May 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Just wondering,

        Are there any black-Californian-Americans, or black-New Yorker-Americans, or black-Washington, DC'er-Americans, or white-Kenyans, or anybody here, that agree with the Lady in the following YouTube Posting?

        If so, which part did you like the best?


        If you do not agree with any of the posting above,,,,

        Let us know!

        I was working today so I am posting this late.

        Thank you for your 2 cents worth!

        May 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Just wondering,

        Are there any black-Californian-Americans, or black-New Yorker-Americans, or black-Washington, DC'er-Americans, or white-Kenyans, or anybody here, that agree with the Allan West, Lt Col in the US Army?

        Or are kin-folk of any of the Americans in the following YouTube Posting?

        If so, which part did you like the best?


        May 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Washington Post has DISCOVERED Obama's RECORDS!


        We can get the truth!

        Yes We CAN!

        Washington Post's Investigative Reporters have Found all of the Obummer Records!


        Please let me know what your thoughts are?

        May 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • jpeppa29

      If you were any dumber you would need to be watered twice a week

      May 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  2. John

    Another anti-Romney headline. Hey CNN, we all know you are a shill for the dems. Where are the stories from Obama's childhood? Did he have one? All we thought we knew from his books is now supposedly "made up" according to Obama? So what do we actually know about this guy and his past? He has been a sitting president for 3.5 years. You stupid people at CNN can't find anything, good or bad, about Obama? But, you can dig up a 40+ year old story on Romney? Not bias are you?
    The funniest thing is the dems now think this 40 year old "story" about nothing is bigger than the economy. And, BTW, this story tells us about a 13-year old boy from the 70's who was out of the closet? Does this ring true to anyone (other than the Obama shills)?

    May 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Hermine Scates

      are you crazy? we lost a when Your president Bush where are the weapons of mass supply? look how the got rich companies the vice president knew,Did you really think his buddies got richer!!!!!!!!!!whebn[[[[[ any one that knew them ,how many people for his father,and OIL learn to read

      May 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Now that the DemocRATS have taken care of Detroit,,,,

        Let us see where they will take YOUR CHILDREN!


        DemocRATS are funny!

        President Clinton Likes Cigars and so does Monica Lewinski!

        She was such a good Hummididor!

        Just ask Hillary,,, the "I DON'T CARE ANYMORE" Sexetary of State!

        Yes,,, Hillary is representing the US of Amer i ker,,,,,

        And she does not care anymore...

        Can we get Monica Lewinski to be the Sexetary of State?

        Billary would vote yes and give her a Cigar!

        May 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Now that the DemocRATS have taken care of Detroit,,,,

        Let us see where they will take YOUR CHILDREN!


        DemocRATS are funny!

        President Clinton Likes Cigars and so does Monica Lewinski!

        She was such a good Hummididor!

        Just ask Hillary,,, the "I DON'T CARE ANYMORE" Secretary of State!

        Yes,,, Hillary is representing the US of Amer i ker,,,,,

        And she does not care anymore...

        Can we get Monica Lewinski to be the Secretary of State?

        Billary would vote yes and give her a Cigar!

        May 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
      • John

        If I understood you I would respond, but I don't...

        May 14, 2012 at 11:30 am |
      • jean2009

        @1 IDIOT

        May 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  3. Dan5404

    The article was right. The GOP got millions of dollars worth of free air time in those endless sideshows called debates. Theu could bash, lie, exaggerate and whatever about Obama while showing the public just how extreme they have become.. Now Romney will pay the price for his flip-flopping career, because he is on tape dozens of times taking opposite positions on most major issues You will see for yourself as the DNC shows those major flip-flops in order to please the Tea Party, Norquist and the Koch brothers.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • MykeTheVet

      "because he [Romney] is on tape dozens of times taking opposite positions on most major issues."

      And so is O'bama. Remember what he said about gay marriage in 2004? What does he say now? UH-HUH.....

      Can I ask all Romney and O'bama supporters a serious question? And I mean no disrespect:
      What's the difference between Romney and O'bama if they're both going to re-appointed a Secretary of Treasure from Goldman-Sachs while keeping the Federal Reserve in charge of National Interest Rates?

      Veterans for Ron Paul

      May 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
      • DEcember 2012


        May 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        What I really want to see is

        the white-Hollywood-American and
        the black-Hollywood-American
        RICH folks
        pay more into the US Treasurery
        (and not pay into the Tyrannical-leaning
        re-election campaign).

        If the white and black Hollywood-Americans want more of Socialism than FREEDOM,,,,

        Then they should SPEAK THEIR MINDS
        and let the Movie-Goers decide
        if they want to see
        TYRANNICAL-LEANING Movie Stars
        or just go on about their business!

        May 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Do you want to know the TRUTH?

      The Police talk to the Gangs,,,,

      The Police tell the Gangs,,,, IF YOU CAUSE SOMETHING OUTSIDE THE HOOD,,,,

      We will come for you!

      IF YOU CAUSE SOMETHING within the HOOD,,,,

      It is a HE SAID, SHE SAID, HE AND HE and SHE AND SHE and HE and SHE SAID....

      There are SAFE Areas,,,, MALLS are Safe Areas,,,,
      If you cause a problem in a SHOPPING MALL,,, we will come for you,,,
      If you cause a problem with BLACK ON BLACK CRIMES in the Hood,,, it is a HE said SHE said....
      If you are Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson,,,,,
      Have them pray for your Killed (Black on Black) Love Ones,,,,

      If you are a Black or White or Yellow or Red Police Man (or Police WOMAN),,,,


      Get your DemocRAT Mayor or DemocRAT Representative or DemocRAT SENATOR,,,
      to come to your home to do a Fund Raising,,,,

      Yes DEMOCRAT FUNDRAISING IN THE SECTION 8 HOOD as soon as possible!

      May 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Happy Mother's Day!

        Check it out!


        Think the police can handle this?

        Anybody want to protect our Southern Borders?

        May 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Every Day is Mother's Day!

        Let's Celebrate!


        Anybody want to respond?

        May 13, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  4. MykeTheVet

    Ron Paul just won Nevada, grabbing 21 out of 24 delegates. He's also won a majority of delegates in Colorado, Maine, Missouri, Wisconsin, Washington, ROMNEY'S HOME STATE of Massachusettes, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Alaska.

    People here, please listen to a Veteran who took an Oath to protect you: Why is CNN ignoring Ron Paul's success? There is not one report showing the CORRECT delegate count, as posted by GOP Chair officials. What is CNN afraid of by not reporting Dr. Paul's success? Just stop and critically think for 1 minute. Trust me, it's not because he's "unelectable." He's been elected to Congress 12 times, for Pete's sake.

    Romney supporters: do you honestly think Romney is going to take the Black/Hispanic/Poor/Women/Independent vote from O'bama if it's O'bama vs. Romney in Nov? Have you even looked at Ron Paul's numbers next to O'bama? You haven't, have you...

    Please open your minds and research everything.


    * = p

    Veterans for Ron Paul

    May 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • jean2009

      NEWS FLASH! Ron Paul is not going to be on the ticket.

      May 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
      • marc

        ummmm.. he already has enough delegates to be on the ticket it will also give you an insight to how romneys campaign cant even follow rules.. or are rules not important?

        May 13, 2012 at 7:10 am |
      • jean2009

        Looks like Paul just dropped out of the race.

        May 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  5. DEcember 2012


    May 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • MykeTheVet

      And O'bama would be destroyed by Ron Paul in a debate.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
      • DEcember 2012


        May 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        No serious, sane, and sensible person is going to vote for anyone who is pushing the lame theory that 9-11 was
        America's fault.

        May 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • Pete

        @mike the vet,ya right,Paul should be takin it easy in a rest home,a debate with Pres.Obama if its not too late,bed at 9,remember!!!

        May 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Steveo

      ONLY if the president's teleprompter is HD and a big screen

      May 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
      • DEcember 2012


        May 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
      • Steveo


        Yeah Romney can keep his Etch-A-sketch and you can keep your man crush!

        May 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
      • DEcember 2012


        May 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Howard

      Abraham Lincoln said ... "You can fool some of the people ALL of the time" ... You're obviously the FOOL he was talking about !!!

      May 12, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      We are just stuck here!

      We cannot work,,,, err,, chose not to work,,,

      And we need Housing here in the Community!


      Al of You All need to get to work so that we can get a Roof over our Heads!

      May 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
  6. Jilleranda

    I think Mitt Romney forgot to organize his supposed supporters to fight for his delegates. Ron Paul is organized and following the rules that the Electoral College stipulated to account for Romneys type of candidacy, real people that believe in a platform turn out and participate in the electoral college so they can vote for their candidate in the nomination process. The Paul delegation is growing exponentially and will have their philosophy of policy rooted in common sense start to influence the Republican party to return to it's non NeoCon tendencies.
    When the Main Stream Media tells you that the Paul Delegates hijacked , or used "Arcane" rules, remember this, they followed the republican rules and won election fair and square to the Convention, and Romney used underhanded tactics and Lawyers to try to stop the train when it was already running full steam ahead since January.

    May 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  7. jerry is time to take obama apart...mitt is 7% over obama in the polls and the economy is europe returns to recession, china and india slows. Israel is frozen out of the chicago NATO she calls up military reserves. obama's mishandeling of the middle east is about to catch up with him...just before election time. The birth cert and selective service card forgerys are comming up too. They are pulling the covers of the fraud-in-chief. Soon obama care hits the trash bin with his immigration policy...and he (obama) is running out of diversion tricks.

    May 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  8. jean2009

    First it was the dog that preferred being chained to the roof of the car, and now it is a convenient memory lapse about cutting a gay classmates hair, in a bullying more flip-flops than a beach. Oh well!
    What would one expect from a Gordon Gekko clone?

    May 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Hellooooo Jean!

      Please let us all know what your thoughts are on this serious Obama Lover,,,,


      L O V E I T.

      Now, after your thoughts on the lady above, you can praise all the Flip-Flops on the Beach! (wink)

      May 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld


      May 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Crickets are chirping,,,,

      I hope Jean2009 is ok,,,,

      Maybe she is praying for an answer!

      Maybe she is preying for an answer!

      Maybe she is celebrating Mother's Day like the Lady in the Video!

      The Lady in the Video has 6 or 7 chilren and wants you all to be at work early on Monday to make sure she gets her Benefits!!!

      Happy Mother's Day to all the Folks!

      May 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Was it Jean2009 that said all of her children are working in good jobs and paying their taxes????

      I hope Jean's Children are ready to pay for that ladies 6 or 7 "chilren",,, of course she loves Amer i ker....

      Jean,,, ask your children if they want to pay for the ladie's "CHILren"!

      Let me know what you CHILDREN want to do.

      Do you love Amer i ker as much as I do?

      May 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
      • Camila

        I'm very surprised (on two fnorts) that the National Right to Life Foundation would climb aboard Thompson's fast-sinking ship. Aside from the obvious, Thompson is not advocating for a constitutional amendment to criminalize abortion, only to overturn Roe vs. Wade and pass the baton onto the states. Wouldn't Romney, Huckabee, or McCain be more obvious choices for the NRLF? On top of everything else, none of those guys are former lobbyists for an abortion rights group as Thompson once was.The Republican race is in a constant state of flux and we can't formally count Thompson out, but it's telling that many of his biggest early cheerleaders and now moving back to McCain. A poll yesterday showed Thompson in SIXTH place in New Hampshire, behind both Huckabee and Ron Paul. If we assume Thompson pulls out a distant third-place in Iowa, is there any chance he can survive a SIXTH place showing in New Hampshire with enough momentum to win South Carolina? Particularly if Romney sweeps Iowa, Michigan, and New Hampshire?I never bought the hype that Thompson was this dynamic second-coming-of-Reagan orator as was being sold on this blog and elsewhere six months ago. Thompson probably thought he could sit out the summer and let the fictional legend about him grow, riding out the undeserved early momentum and the dissatisfaction with the rest of the field to eke out the nomination before retreating back to the pitcher of sweet tea on his front porch after Super Tuesday. It wasn't a bad strategy, but Fred needed to at least exhibit the necessary level of energy expected from a future chief executive during the few months between his September announcement and the February day of reckoning. Having allowed himself to be caricatured as the slacker candidate , complete with a Saturday Night Live spoof on his own former network (ouch!), Thompson most likely squandered his opportunity.

        July 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
      • Ynnasf

        Oh and one more thing HCFA: Do you libs really think that those of us frceod to buy insurance will not make runs to the doctors on a weekly basis, just to get our money's worth ? You would be wrong if you thought that way. If I have Quality, affordable, health care shoved down my throat, I promise you, I'll visit my doctor as often as I can, leaving you unable to make an appointment. Where will you be then?

        August 2, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Maybe Jean2009 would like her "Chilren" to see this one!


      Happy Muders Day to the Lady in the Video!

      UNCLE SAM's PLANTATION,,,, hmmm,,, I need to work?
      Get Yo Momma to Work!
      I am on the DOLL! (wink)

      I just couldn't figure out how to abbreviate YOUR into YO,,,, is it Yo',,,, or is it Yo'Mamma???

      Just trying to learn Ebonics!

      Happy Mother's Day to Jean's "Chilren" !!!

      May 12, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
      • jean2009

        Jean's children are baby boomers not too many years from retirement. You do know Romney uses a teleprompter?

        May 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Happy Mother's Day Jean!

        Do your Babyboomer Children and their Children and their Children's Children,,,
        want to pay for our SINS of OVER SPENDING?

        No comment from Jean,,,,

        on the Lady from the Hood wanting your Children and your Children's Children, and their Children's Children,,,,
        Paying for the Lady in the Hood
        wanting you and
        your Children's (etc)
        to GO TO WORK so they can pay taxes to pay for them?

        May 12, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
      • jean2009

        # 1 IDIOT...My children and their children are already paying for George Bush's excesses: for his war profiteers, and for the GOP oil and farm billionaire's subsidies.... which is basically welfare for the 1%. They were raised with a great work ethic, a sense of common decency, and to not begrudge lending a helping hand to those who are in need of help. They were raised to volunteer in their communities and to give back. They feel as their mother/ grandmother about those whose greed, and lack of need, should eliminate them from the welfare for the rich trough.

        May 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  9. 1FreeWorld

    Not too long ago, I was speaking to an Iranian that told me he was a Mexican!

    He was an Iranian (if you know their way of speaking English,,,, it is a little different from the way Hispanics speak English)

    The funny part was, I was with an Iranian and we called him out!

    The Iranians then went into thier Language.

    The ones Chained at Obummer's Speech were found in Mexico!


    Look for Hands and Feet,
    under the seats at Obummer's last engagement!

    Protect the Southern Borders!

    May 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      47,000 dead in Mexico!

      That is 47 Thousand Dead in Mexico,,,, just South of the Border!


      Any Gangs in your Neighborhood?

      Better find out soon!

      May 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm |