Travels of Former Gov. Romney—October 2012

Former Gov. Mitt Romney  |  Ann Romney   |  Rep. Paul Ryan  ||  President Barack Obama 

Highlights of the month, in between all the trips to battleground states, included the three presidential debates on Oct. 3, 16 and 22 and the increasing intensity as the campaign headed to the final stretch.  Hurricane Sandy forced the campaign to adjust Romney's schedule somewhat in the closing days of the month. ...



Denver, CO

Denver, CO

Denver, CO

Denver, CO
*Fishersville, VA

Abingdon, VA
St. Petersburg, FL

Apopka, FL

Port St. Lucie, FL

Lexington, VA
Newport News, VA

Van Meter, IA
Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Mount Vernon, OH
Delaware, OH
Sidney, OH

Asheville, NC

Richmond, VA
*Lancaster, OH

Portsmouth, OH
Lebanon, OH

Belmont, MA


Hempstead, NY

Chesapeake, VA
Leesburg, VA

New York, NY

*Daytona Beach, FL

Palm Beach, FL

Delray Beach, FL

Boca Raton, FL

*Henderson, NV
*Morrison, CO

Reno, NV
Cedar Rapids, IA

Cincinnati, OH
Defiance, OH

Ames, IA
*North Canton, OH

Pensacola, FL
Kissimmee, FL
Land O' Lakes, FL

Virginia trip
*Celina, OH
*Findlay, OH
*Marion, OH
Avon Lake, OH
Davenport, IA
West Allis, WI

Milford, NH
Elida, OH
Kettering, OH
Des Moines, IA
Tampa, FL
Coral Gables, FL
Jacksonville, FL

Note: This calendar is based on publicly available information from the campaign and news accounts.  The calendar above shows cities and towns.  The listing below includes impromptu stops and other details, again based on publicly available information.  See Rationale, Methodology and Limitations.  


Mon. Oct. 1, 2012
-Victory rally at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, CO.

Tue. Oct. 2, 2012
Debate prep. in Denver, CO.
    OTR stop, tours and shoots video footage (for possible use in ads) at Western Steel and Boiler in Denver, CO.
    OTR stop with Rob Portman, orders burrito bowl at Stapleton Chipotle restaurant in Denver, CO.

Wed. Oct. 3, 2012

-First presidential debate at University of Denver in Denver, CO.

Thurs. Oct. 4, 2012

    Surprise appearance at Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport in Denver, CO.
Flight Denver to Weyers Cave-Shenandoah Valley Airport in Weyers Cave, VA.
*Romney and Ryan rally with Trace Adkins at Augusta Expoland in Fishersville, VA.

Fri. Oct. 5, 2012

Flight Weyers Cave-Shenandoah Valley Airport in Weyers Cave, VA to Blountville-Tri Cities Regional Airport in Blountville, TN.
-Coal country event at Carter Machinery in Abingdon, VA.
-Victory rally at Pier Park in St. Petersburg, FL.
    OTR Mitt and Ann Romney stop at La Teresita in Tampa, FL.

Sat. Oct. 6, 2012

-Mitt and Ann Romney Victory rally in the Apopka Amphitheater, “Fields of Fame” at Northwest Recreation Complex in Apopka, FL (north of Orlando).

Sun. Oct. 7, 2012
-Mitt and Ann Romney Victory rally at Tradition Town Square in Port St. Lucie, FL.
Arrival in Weyers Cave, VA.

Mon. Oct. 8, 2012
-Delivers foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA.
    OTR stops motorcade to greets students in front of Fairfield Elementary in Fairfield, VA.
-Victory rally at Victory Landing Park in Newport News, VA.

Tues. Oct. 9, 2012
Flight from Newport News, VA.
    Meets with the Des Moines Register editorial board.
-Victory event at the Koch Family Farm in Van Meter, IA.
    OTR surprise stop at Wendy's (per CNN spicy chicken sandwich) in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.
-Victory rally with Gov. Chris Christie at Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

Wed. Oct. 10, 2012
-Town hall with Gov. Chris Christie at Ariel Corporation in Mount Vernon, OH.  Meets with the Columbus Dispatch editorial board.
-Romney and Christie drop by Bun's Restaurant in Delaware, OH.
-Victory rally with at Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney. OH.
Thurs. Oct. 11, 2012
Arrives Asheville, NC.
    Meets privately with evangelist Billy Graham, and his son Franklin, at Graham's home in Montreat, NC.
-Victory rally with country music artist Ronnie Milsap at U.S. Cellular Center Asheville in Asheville, NC.
    Watches the vice presidential debate from his hotel room in Asheville, NC.

Fri. Oct. 12, 2012
-Victory rally at Mobility Supercenter in Richmond, VA.
    Romney and Ryan meet at Columbus International Airport in Columbus, OH.
Romney and Ryan attend a Victory rally at Lancaster Town Square in Lancaster, OH.
    OTR unscheduled stop at City Barbeque in Gahanna, OH.

Sat. Oct. 13, 2012
    Debate prep. at hotel in Columbus, OH.
-Victory rally with country music artist Jamie O’Neal at the Alumni Green at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, OH. 
-Victory rally at the Golden Lamb in Lebanon, OH.

Sun. Oct. 14, 2012
-Mitt and Ann Romney attend services at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Belmont, MA.

Mon. Oct. 15, 2012
Debate prep. in MA.

Tues. Oct. 16, 2012
Arrives mid-morning at Long Island MacArthur Airport; to the Uniondale Marriott.
-Second presidential debate (town meeting) at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

Wed. Oct. 17, 2012
-Victory rally at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, VA.
-Victory rally at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, VA.

Thurs. Oct. 18, 2012

-67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York, NY. (+)

Fri. Oct. 19, 2012
Flight from Newark, NJ to Daytona Beach, FL.
*Romney and Ryan Victory rally with country music star John Rich at Daytona Beach Bandshell in Daytona Beach, FL.

Sat. Oct. 20, 2012
-Fundraiser at the home of Dwight Schar, founder of NVR, Inc. home builders, and wife Martha in Palm Beach, FL. ($)
-Fundraiser at the home of Wilbur Ross, billionaire investor and wife Hilary in Palm Beach, FL. ($) [Romney's final fundraising event]

Sun. Oct. 21, 2012
Debate prep at hotel in Delray Beach, FL. 
    With Ann Romney attends services at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Boca Raton, FL
    OTR takes a break to flip a coin and watch the first play of a flag football game between campaign staff and press in Delray Beach, FL.
    OTR Romney and family walk over to BurgerFi and order dinner in Delray Beach, FL.

Mon. Oct. 22, 2012
-Third presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL.

Tues. Oct. 23, 2012 

*Romney and Ryan Victory rally at Henderson Pavilion in Henderson, NV.
*Romney and Ryan Victory rally at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.

Wed. Oct. 24, 2012
-Victory rally at the Reno Events Center in Reno, NV.
-Victory rally at Landmark Aviation in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Evening arrival at Landmark Aviation, Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, OH.

Thurs. Oct. 25, 2012

    OTR with Sen. Portman, greets patrons and workers at First Watch cafe/restaurant in Cincinnati, OH.
-Event at Jet Machine in Cincinnati, OH.
-Evening Victory rally and concert with John Rich and Alabama's Randy Owen at Defiance High School football stadium in Defiance, OH.

Fri. Oct. 26, 2012
-Speech on the American economy at Kinzler Construction in Ames, IA.
Romney and Ryan Victory rally at Hoover High School in North Canton, OH.

Sat. Oct. 27, 2012
-Victory rally with Sen. Marco Rubio at Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, FL.
-Victory rally with Sen. Marco Rubio at Ranger Jet Center in Kissimmee, FL.
-Victory rally with Sen. Marco Rubio at Land O’ Lakes High School in Land O’ Lakes, FL.

Sun. Oct. 28, 2012
-Victory rally at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, VA.
-Victory rally at Robins Center at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA.
-Evening Victory rally at the Farm Bureau Live Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA.  ...cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy forecasts
*Romney and Ryan Victory event at Celina Fieldhouse in Celina, OH.
*Romney and Ryan Victory event at the Koehler Fitness Complex at the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH.
*Romney and Ryan Victory rally at Marion County Fairgrounds Coliseum in Marion, OH.

Mon. Oct. 29, 2012
-Victory rally at Avon Lake High School gymnasium in Avon Lake, OH.
-Victory rally with wrestling legend Dan Gable at Seven Cities Sod in Davenport, IA.
-Victory rally at Wisconsin Products Pavilion in West Allis, WI.  ...canceled "out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy"

Tues. Oct. 30. 2012
-Victory rally at the Fieldhouse at Elida High School in Elida, OH...cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy
-Victory rally with John McCain and   Storm relief event with Richard Petty and Alabama lead singer Randy Owen, makes brief remarks and helps pack truck at the James S. Trent Arena at Fairmont High School in Kettering, OH.
-Victory rally at the Hampshire Dome in Milford, NH...cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy
-Victory rally with Ann Romney at the Temple for the Performing Arts in Des Moines, IA.(Ann Romney substituted)
Flight from Vandalia, OH to Tampa, FL.

Wed. Oct. 31, 2012

-Victory rally with Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Connie Mack at Landmark Aviation in Tampa, FL.
-Victory rally with Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Connie Mack at BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.
-Evening Victory rally with Jeb Bush and Connie Mack at Veterans Memorial Arena Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL.