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Very very busy — the days are flying by.  It’s why I have barely posted about our national tour.

But tonight I have news for you.  We’ve decided to refocus the tour and instead of going around the country as originally planned, we are going to spend the next 22 days in Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania — all swing states that combined have 70 electoral votes, enough to put Romney in the White House if we can help him win them.

So we will do rallies in this five-state region and continue to raise funding for TV ads which we are producing for broadcast in those same swing states. Today we announced this:

Debates MOVE polls! Recent polls are showing a major shift in the presidential race, and a block of 5 states that Barack Obama had been counting on to win the presidential election have now shifted and the gap between Obama and Romney in these states is now within the margin of error. These 5 states account for a total of 70 Electoral Votes.

This is extraordinarily important – and here’s why: if we can win just 3 of these 5 states, it is virtually impossible for Barack Obama to win re-election. We are calling this OPERATION LIGHT BLUE!

The 5 states (and the Electoral Votes for each state) are:

Pennsylvania: 20 Electoral Votes
Two new polls are out in Pennsylvania. One has Romney down just 3%, and the other poll has it even closer, with Romney trailing by only 2%.

Ohio: 18 Electoral Votes
Four new polls are out, and two of them have Obama with a small lead, but now 2 new polls show Mitt Romney with 1% lead!

Michigan: 16 Electoral Votes
What had once been a 12%-14% advantage for Obama is now down to just 3% according to brand new polls.

Wisconsin: 10 Electoral Votes
The new PPP poll released this week shows Obama’s lead is now down to just 2%

Iowa: 6 Electoral Votes
The new Rasmussen Reports poll released this week has Obama’s lead now down to just 2% here as well.

These states are all contiguous, and they are all states that Obama had been counting on for his “win” column, with the possible exception of Ohio which they had considered a pure toss-up state.

So here is what we must do: We must focus like a laser on these 5 states for the next 27 days until the Election.

We are going to take our two “Rebuild America – Defeat Obama” tour buses and re-route them to travel exclusively in these five states. From now until Election Day we are going to hold all of our campaign rallies exclusively in these five states. And, perhaps most importantly, we are going to direct all of our TV, radio, print and online advertising to these five states.

Victory is within sight now for the Romney/Ryan ticket. Several weeks ago many people across the country were depressed and thought Obama was likely to coast to a win. But we here at The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama have always believed we could turn this around, and our efforts are working. And now, with this exciting strategy to steal away the states Obama needed to win–well, we are going to hand him a pink slip on November 6, signed by the American people!

There is one sad element to our aggressive new approach: so many great friends and patriots across this country were expecting us in their states and had worked so hard to help organize our efforts in their communities.

Implementing Operation Light Blue means we won’t be making the full country tour, but instead will be focused on these 5 “Light Blue” states.

Please know this revision in our strategy and focus comes from our efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio… we have had a huge impact. Now it’s time to push even harder, and deny Barack Obama a path to victory. We look forward, on election night, to sharing a toast with our great patriot friends across the country who we missed via rallies as a result in OPERATION LIGHT BLUE.

We’re committed to winning this race! Together, patriots united from across the nation can bring a victory to the Romney/Ryan ticket.

The fall foliage colors are gorgeous — especially so in Wisconsin and Michigan.  We hit it right at the peak.  So lucky to see it from a wide windshield as we’re traveling down the country roads in fly-over America. Driver Bill Burke took good care of us, safely taking us on roads less traveled. Below is a slide show that includes Cheboygan, Sault Ste. Marie, Alpena, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grosse Point, Houghton and Marquette.  

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