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How Mitt Romney’s Campaign Put A Damper On Obama’s Big Day

Hand-to-hand political combat, as Romney aides show up at Obama's rallies to spin back


by Zeke Miller  May  6, 2012


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Saturday was supposed to be President Barack Obama’s day, dominated by headlines of successful campaign holding its first rally. Instead, reports prominently included references to thousands of empty seats at the president’s first rally here — just as the Romney campaign wanted it.

At The Ohio State University, over 5,000 seats in the 20,000-person venue went unfilled on the upper seating deck and behind the press cameras —a sharp contrast to Obama’s events in 2008, and even a 2010 event with then-Gov. Ted Strickland which drew 35,000


ABC News had reported Saturday morning that the campaign  expected “overflow” crowds at each event, crowds which never did  materialize.

The New York Times quoted Obama senior adviser David Plouffe,  not about the president’s remarks, but about the crowd size — with reporter Mark Landler comparing the rallies  to “a concert by an aging rock star.”

Reporters had some help in noticing the empty seats. Romney  spokespeople made it into both events, waiting in line like everyone else. They  worked their way close to the press risers, ready to provide rapid response to  Obama’s speech.

Romney Deputy Press Secretary Ryan Williams was in the  audience at the OSU rally, and tweeted a picture of the empty seats — which  instantly got picked up by conservative blogs. After Obama’s remarks he was  swarmed by local reporters, and after giving them a standard response to the  speech, he commented on the empty seats.

References to the crowd size made it into local papers and  television reporters, all distracting from Obama’s message.

Democrats fired back with references to “Ford Field,” and  Romney’s infamous speech to the Detroit Economic Club and the bare football  stadium.

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