Eleven days to campaign and access to the candidates is at a premium but the tack each campaign is taking couldn't be more different.
Access is outright unattainable from the Romney campaign which has eschewed any further interviews with candidate Mitt Romney. Gaining access to Gov. Romney has devolved into shouts at the governor from the rope line. This pathetic volley is especially comical as reporters' questions have some gravity; specifically will Mitt Romney continue to back Indiana Republican Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock after Mourdock's controversial statements about rape and abortion? Does Romney also support his surrogate Gov. John Sununu's remarks that Gen. Colin Powell endorsed President Obama because of race?
The Romney campaign insists there are no interviews scheduled and thus we all remain in the dark on more of the governor's positions. This has not gone unnoticed, even among conservatives. Last night even Bill O'Reilly and Laura Ingraham lamented that Governor Romney won't sit down with them either.
In contrast, some conservatives have chided the president for some interviews he is actually doing because a few are with entertainment hosts. While Mitt Romney refuses all interviews, NBC's Brian Williams is currently traveling with the president, asking questions all along the way. The president will also be speaking to msnbc's Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough in the next few days. Scarborough, of course is a former Republican congressman and will likely ask some tough, yet thoughtful questions.
And if the score is simply reduced to number of interviews being done, Governor Romney remains at zero... while this is the president's list of interviews, all just on this day, Friday October 26th:
- April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks in the Oval Office
- "The Michael Smerconish Show" in the Oval Office
- Live Interview on MTV with Sway Calloway
- And then the president is speaking to these local television stations:Des Moines, IA - KCCI TV (CBS)Columbus, OH - WBNS TV (CBS)Milwaukee, WI - WISN TV (ABC)Denver, CO - KUSA TV (NBC)Reno, NV - KRNV TV (NBC)Charlotte, NC - WSOC TV(ABC)Miami, FL - WPLG TV (ABC)