Romney projects confidence despite polls

2012-11-06 12:10

Columbus - Either he is wearing the best poker face in politics, or Mitt Romney is his own truest believer, so sure of his destiny as the next US president that he refuses to contemplate the alternative.

"Confidence" is the singular word that senior strategist Stuart Stevens used to describe the Republican nominee's mood going into Tuesday's election, despite polls showing a slight lead for US President Barack Obama.

Nearly everyone running for higher office projects an aura of accomplishment, strength, even inevitability, knowing that charisma can translate into votes.

But plenty of real-time writing on the wall about the US election would suggest even to the most optimistic Romney backer that things may not go as planned for the challenger.

Romney has always faced an uphill climb to the 270 electoral votes needed to win, and while national polls have shown the rivals in the tightest of races, recent gains by the president have left Romney with increasingly long odds.

Decisive moment

Obama, say experts and pollsters, has a clearer path to the nomination, especially when one looks at the battleground states where voters will determine the next president.

Obama leads in poll averages in seven of those states, including Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. Of nine swing states experts say are up for grabs this year, Romney leads in just Florida and North Carolina, and by narrow margins.

But you wouldn't know that from speaking to Romney aides, who described the former Massachusetts governor as confident and optimistic as his five-year quest for the presidency approaches its decisive moment.

"He's very eager to lead the country," Stevens said on Monday, dismissing suggestions that the Republican nominee might be nervous on the final full day of campaigning as he puts his political fate in the hands of American voters.

According to two Romney aides, the talk in the staff section of his campaign plane simply does not turn to the prospect of a defeat.

Those who travel day in and day out with Romney - Stevens, senior advisor Kevin Madden, Romney "body man" Garrett Jackson, travelling press secretary Rick Gorka, and trip director Charlie Pearce - have been reminiscing with Romney about the best moments of his campaign, Madden and Gorka said.

"It's been a light mood up front," Gorka told reporters on the campaign plane.

"It's been an incredible journey. We're very, very excited for these last events today, and we're very, very optimistic about our chances tomorrow."


Romney himself is not a candidate likely to reveal much of his inner emotions out on the trail. As a supremely successful businessman and private equity investor, he had a steely bearing during public campaign events.

In recent days, though, he has boldly told crowds that a victory in their state - Florida, Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire - will put him over the top and make him the nation's next president.

He has sometimes appeared exhausted in recent days, as has Obama, as the two men have criss-crossed the country in a feverish final effort to shore up support and win over undecided voters.

But while Obama grew wistful on Monday night, his eyes moist at his final campaign rally, Romney was charged-up.

The crowds certainly help. They have built steadily in the final weeks of Romney's campaign, and a night-time rally at a Pennsylvania farm on Sunday drew 25 000 people.

With the race coming to a close, senior officials in Romney's circle, including campaign manager Matt Rhoades and senior advisors Beth Myers and Peter Flaherty, joined the final campaign ride on Monday.

At a rowdy rally in battleground Ohio, Romney's plane rolled into a hangar as some 10 000 supporters chanted "One more day! One more day!"

With the theme of the movie Air Force One playing, Romney and his wife Ann stepped out of the plane's doorway to a loud roar from the crowd, then walked down the steps and over to a stage.

Several top Romney aides were grinning broadly, sharing hugs and high-fives.

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-11-06 12:21

    ... or he is just lying with a straight face like he's been doing the whole campaign. If you choose to ignore the past (Bush), history has a way of repeating itself....

      elewies - 2012-11-06 12:57

      Agreed. He's going down. The Republicans are going to blame Sandy, but we all know its because he lacked principles. If the Republicans nominated someone with core values they could have won this one. Its their own fault.

      elewies - 2012-11-06 13:02

      Casters what's it feel like to know Romney's going to lose?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-06 13:25

      Casters, stop listening to Rush Limbaugh, he's confusing you. The MSM is overwhelmingly in support of Romney (brand new study by the 4th Estate). Republicans quoted 44% more than Democrats. Negativity against Obama 17% higher than against Romney. The only TV station who statistically supports Obama is MSNBC. So stop spreading lies, your candidate is a LOSER despite overwhelming support by the MSM.

  • marco.hudson.33 - 2012-11-06 12:22

    Dont count ya chickens just yet Mr Romney.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-06 12:37

    Casters Balle has been sharing his Hallucinogens with the other Republican degenerates!

      elewies - 2012-11-06 13:09

      He copy and pastes that message on every Obama article. I think he quickly forgot what the last Republican administration looked like. They actually banned the press from showing the coffins of fallen soldiers returning from Iraq. And that's just one of the vile actions of that administration. Not to even mention that Bush and his Secretary of State (Rice) were warned about imminent terrorist attacks []. He never mentions that. If he wants to hold Obama accountable for the deaths of the ambassador and the other three people that died he should also admit that Bush is then accountable for the 3000 American lives that were lost on 9/11. Just to make it clear in advance, I know what his response is gonna be. "You are so stupid. You are an idiot. You are a liar. Obummer is the devil. Barack Husein Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter, etc."

      elewies - 2012-11-06 13:48

      Says the one who hides behind a fake profile.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-11-06 12:38

    It aint over till the fat lady sings! Viva Romney Viva!!!

  • linmal - 2012-11-06 13:45

    So interesting to see all the racist Trolls on here who never come up with facts, just always predictable negatives, insults and general hatred and then ask that the others get their facts straight... pretending to be clued up.

      linmal - 2012-11-06 14:13

      Casters... there you go again, thank you for proving me right

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-11-06 14:23

    So Israel rather wants Romney. No sh sherlock ... let's declare WAR together! Why not Iran? Next week? Okay!!!

  • dor.narf - 2012-11-06 14:55

    Casters balls ,why you so angry must be horrible being you

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-06 15:05


  • thabo.mtaner - 2012-11-07 08:49

    Now, he needs to be more engaged with the American Economy as well as have Africa's interests at heart. Clarify America's position on foreign policy and I'm not talking about Israel and Iran or G8 member states, I mean the world at large. Congrats Barack.

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