Fundraising trumps rallies in Romney's schedule
With less than seven weeks remaining until Election Day, the Republican presidential nominee spent his morning at a Salt Lake City finance event before a scheduled trip to Dallas for a private fundraising dinner.
Entrenched in the most conservative state in the nation before landing deep in the heart of Texas, the entirety of Romney's day will have been spent hundreds of miles from the nearest swing state. What's more, he is slated to appear in public only via a satellite feed for an interview on the Fox News Channel.
Romney's light public schedule in the heart of the campaign's final sprint has led some GOP donors to grumble that he should be paying less attention to them at this point and spending more time winning over voters who will decide the election at the ballot box.
"There's not really a campaign here," said one Republican with extensive ties to the party's fundraising community. "He's getting ready for the debates, and he's out fundraising. You've got enough money!"
Over the last seven days, Romney's public events have included just two rallies: one with supporters at a campaign office in Florida, and a speech to the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in California.
During the same time frame, he has attended seven private fundraisers and had two days with no events scheduled at all, choosing instead to prepare for the three upcoming debates with President Obama and conducting one TV interview.
In all, Romney has spent only nine of the 19 days since the conclusion of the Republican National Convention campaigning in battleground states.
But while some donors want to see more of him in public, others say that they are on board with the strategy behind this relatively light schedule.
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