Obama camp - We are intentionally limiting crowd size at rallies
The presumptive GOP presidential and vice presidential nominees Mitt
Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan are attracting thousands of supporters to
their campaign rallies since Mr. Romney named Mr. Ryan to the bottom of
the ticket. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has taken
notice of the massive crowds at the Romney Ryan stump speeches and sent
out an urgent e-mail to their supporters, reported The Washington Examiner last week.
However, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are not drawing the crowds they once could. The New York Times
is reporting that the Obama campaign is saying that it is intentionally
limiting crowd size at their events because of security and cost:
“We have plenty of time for big rallies,” a campaign spokeswoman,
Jen Psaki, said between the rallies on Thursday. “Our focus right now
is on exciting our supporters and winning over undecided voters and the
smaller and medium-size events are the best venue to accomplish that
because the president can closely engage with the crowd.
”Big rallies are expensive, especially given the logistical and
security challenges for a president as opposed to a mere United States
senator. And Obama campaign operatives, both at the Chicago headquarters
and in swing states where Mr. Obama recently has stumped, say the
campaign intentionally limits crowds by restricting tickets. The reason
is to allow the president to better connect with supporters, aides say.
The Romney campaign told the New York Times that the smaller turnout
at Obama events shows there is an “enthusiasm gap” for Obama.
A Romney spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, provided photos of three
packed events: 5,000 at a Memorial Day weekend rally in San Diego, 2,200
in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in March, and 4,200 in Denver in mid-February.
More typical appearances draw 300 to 500 people. An event in Ohio three
weeks ago attracted about 400, with about 100 more in an overflow room.
Last week in Colorado, Mr. Romney spoke to about 200 people at a school
in Basalt. It was a small audience on Wednesday in a Des Moines high
school auditorium, limited to Romney volunteers and staff members. And a
day earlier outside Chicago, a couple hundred supporters were seated
and enthusiastic, but behind them factory workers stood stone-
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