Romney steps up efforts in Democratic-leaning states
Reaction from Fox News contributor Ed Rollins
- Duration 5:08
- Date Oct 31, 2012
Reaction from Fox News contributor Ed Rollins
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Back to politics now on governor Romney is expanding his campaign in the final days into several traditionally democratic leaning states.
Hoping to gain some ground in the path to 270.
Electoral votes which is of course.
We need to win the presidency so among those states where we are now seeing a push.
By the run -- campaign Minnesota -- which has ten electoral votes Pennsylvania which has been blue in the last three presidential elections twenty.
Electoral votes there so what's the strategy here let's bring in -- man -- I was -- he's been there at Rollins is a former deputy chief of staff to President Reagan.
Also managed to campaign for mr.
Reagan's reelection in 1984.
And has had major roles in nine other presidential campaigns and he's also -- Fox News contributor.
And good morning good morning happy Halloween think you have no chemistry as Colleen Ryan isn't so much else going on but not up for the kids of course.
So interesting to note you know when you look at Michigan and Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
Why hate our why are we seeing it this sort of last -- to some of these democratic territories what's the strategy -- -- two.
Two reasons the basic strategy is still the same you still -- after Florida Ohio North Carolina Virginia.
And as somebody sound of some of the state.
But I -- races are all closing up and in the polls that we're still functioning.
Two days ago.
And I think there's an excess of money and his -- unlike the either taken a ninety million dollars in the public financed past elections you wouldn't be able to do this.
But why not go spend a 1020300000.
Dollars in these states if you have this excess money.
And you're not taking away from the basics.
The other states now -- We're looking at the use and as you've been talking and you can see Minnesota Michigan and here's Pennsylvania.
As similar charts as they get a lot more narrow as we come into the close but you know -- -- folks.
Some out there would say -- -- united that is that it's a desperate plea to get to choose seventy that he didn't -- scatter shot that they're just sort of hoping that one of these days is gonna come thrilled.
And how to push them over the and -- yeah.
Not you're not gonna get to seventy by winning any of these states you gonna get to seventy by the by the basics if you don't win Ohio you're not gonna win Pennsylvania and I'm gonna win.
Michigan and Minnesota but.
You could easily win these states when you're within the margin of error which is NASA's what you are these polls.
Why not -- at this point in time.
And you may help other candidates that are running for congressional or senate races.
And that Pennsylvania's superb example -- agree governor there that elected two years ago you've got to.
Very conservative senator got elected two years ago -- have both houses of the legislature.
So it's not -- Democrat it's a dark blue state.
It sustain we've got to make some appealing you do that the television.
You know it's interesting to note that -- Clinton was at a university campus in Minnesota the other day.
And he is obviously one of their biggest guns on me you know he's the guy who some call the -- -- if -- -- for President Obama so why is he in Minnesota's good question about.
While you're forcing what are your biggest assets who obviously Bill Clinton is.
I in the Minnesota state that Ronald Reagan didn't carry in 1984.
You know it tells you something and equally as important.
You've taken a major asset away from the campaign being in Florida Ohio today so to me that -- there's there's no little losing and can -- and strategy.
Matter of we haven't but it would but there's a look at the race on -- I asked this morning our brain room where was Carter Reagan in 1980.
The roughly eight today you know at the end of October and -- -- this it's it's amazing.
Jimmy Carter was at 45%.
To -- a national poll taken just -- before the race and Ronald Reagan was at 39%.
What do you think about a.
Lots and since I live to that I know yeah I know whether there were points where Reagan was -- had prior to that.
What happened and and those days -- you can't make a perfect parallel.
Is there a whole lot of Democrats.
In the end of that gave the big -- Ronald Reagan one out of four Democrats.
I -- 27%.
That's obviously not gonna happen this time the positive news though as we go under this sort of hi hiatus here because of the storm.
Is Romney is doing extremely well among independent voters and independent voters what's gonna decide the selection as they have the last several.
There's so little time left dead and obviously the storm has taken a bite out of fat out of their campaigns.
Plans you know where where do you think the Romney camp needs to be right now -- if they have a hope of getting there.
Well they still they still have to be in the in the in the formula that I laid out earlier that you can't go where there's apps is chaos she can't go into the Virginia.
And do well.
-- to what happens we have a president or presidential campaign coming in Asia -- first responders who way to protect the motorcades and went ahead.
And right today that's that's a detriment of those states so my sense is go.
Go to Colorado go to Wisconsin go to Nevada.
-- -- parts of Ohio that are affected here can go to Florida and don't basically go where there is big burden is on on the on the first responders.
And thank you sound -- -- -- attacked in the coming days it's going to be a fascinating is how we had thankless -- -- guys that are largely.