Collected by the RNC. Included in here is the hysterical story about Obama flak David Axelroad painting as "desperate" the Romney campaign presence in Ohio. Then, magically, Joe Biden appears there, in a "pre-scheduled" appearance. Whatever dude.
SHOT: GOP county turnout up
- · Plain Dealer: Geauga election chief predicts 80 percent voter turnout today
- · Geauga County early vote was 125% more than 2008 early vote
- · McCain won Geauga County with 57% and Bush got 60% in ‘04
CHASER: Dem county turnout down
- · WOUB: Athens County Election Officials: Morning Voter Turn Out Low
- · Athens County early vote was 10% less than 2008 early vote
- · Obama won Athens County with 67%
The Obama campaign is having a real hard time spinning why Joe Biden is in Ohio right now. First, David Axelrod said it was a sign of weakness to do Election Day events. Then Joe Biden showed up in Ohio and Stephanie Cutter could only say it was “just one last stop to make sure that everything is in order.” This all left Columbus Dispatch reporter Joe Vardon wondering if the Obama campaign’s talk about strength in Ohio was just spin. Check it out below:
SHOT: This Morning, Obama Campaign Senior Strategist David Axelrod Criticized Election Day Events As “Some Frantic Last-Minute Appeal.” AXELROD: “Well, he's also sending satellite feeds, like this one into battleground states. Partly we didn't want to detract assets from the get out the vote efforts. Anytime you bring the President to an area where there's volunteer strength and staff strength that you need to devote to that. We’d rather have them working on the get out the vote efforts. I can't speak for our opponents and why they don’t think that’s important, but I suspect they feel like they're in some degree of trouble and therefore they want to get their candidate out there for some frantic last- minute appeal.” (KTVD, 11/6/12)
CHASER: @jimacostacnn: OHIO: Biden just landed in AF2 in Cleveland and taxied right past Romney charter.
CHASER 2: Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter Said Biden Stop Was “Just One Last Stop To Make Sure That Everything Is In Order.” FOX NEWS’ JENNA LEE: “What's the deal with Joe Biden going to Ohio? Why did you decide to send him?” STEPHANIE CUTTER: “Well, just one last stop to make sure that everything is in order, everything is set. Ohio, obviously, is incredibly important for either candidate's prospects, and we feel good about where we are. So the vice president wanted to make one last stop on his way to Chicago, so it should be a pretty good event.” LEE: “And when did you decide to make that stop?” CUTTER: “Uh, when did we decide to make that stop? Well, this is…” LEE: “Is this in reaction to Mitt Romney going, or did you decide to go regardless of that?” CUTTER: “We had decided a couple of days ago, but this type of stop is called an off-the-record stop so we don't have to interrupt traffic, we don’t have to interrupt people trying to go vote. It's just a quick unplanned, unannounced stop to reach a couple of voters. So I wish I could see that picture of the two planes on the tarmac because that sums up what is going on today. Everybody's competing for these last votes.” (Fox News’ “Happening Now,” 11/6/12)
CHASER 3: Columbus Dispatch’s Joe Vardon: Last Minute Biden Stop “Makes You Wonder On The Obama Campaign Side If Some Of The Polling And Some Of The Early Vote Numbers They Thought May Have Skewed The Election Their Way Early On.” FOX NEWS’ JENNA LEE: “Joe Vardon is a political reporter for the Columbus Dispatch and he joins us now on the phone. Joe, let's talk a little bit about these two last-minute visits, one by Romney's team and one by Biden, obviously, the president's team. What do you make of those last-minute visits?”COLUMBUS DISPATCH’S JOE VARDON: “Well, you know, yesterday privately the Obama campaign was talking to me about how this is a sign of panic from the Romney campaign, ‘silly,’ those sorts of things, and low and behold the vice president stops in the Cleveland unannounced. You know, we've been talking all week about making moves from positions of strength, and you could say that the jeep ad that Romney ran in Ohio would not seem to have been run from a position of strength. This last-second move makes you wonder on the Obama campaign side if some of the polling and some of the early vote numbers they thought may have skewed the election their way early on.” (FOX News’ “Happening Now,” 11/6/12)