Amid slipping poll numbers and complaints from Republicans that he's not fighting hard enough for the presidency, Mitt Romney will step up the pace of his campaigning in key battleground states in coming days.
The move comes after Romney has spent much of the last two weeks behind closed doors raising cash for his campaign and prepping for the upcoming presidential debates. On Wednesday, the Republican presidential contender held his first public campaign event in five days—headlining a rally aimed at Latino voters in Miami, reports The Ticket.
On Thursday, Romney will hold a rally in Sarasota, Fla., where he's expected to talk about Medicare. While nothing has been formally announced, aides confirmed Romney will travel to swing states including Nevada and Colorado in coming days.
On Monday, the campaign will kick off a three-day bus tour of Ohio—with Rep. Paul Ryan spending Monday and Tuesday in the state. Romney will arrive Tuesday, where he'll meet up with Ryan in Cincinnati. He'll then travel onto Dayton and then Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo on Wednesday.
But it's unclear how intense Romney's schedule will be. The GOP contender's schedule is still packed with several fundraisers in coming days—including a finance swing through California this weekend.
The announcement comes amid complaints from Republicans that Romney should have scrapped his finance schedule this week, which took him through Orange County, Salt Lake City and Dallas, in the aftermath of a secret video that captured him suggesting President Barack Obama's supporters have a "victim" mentality. Instead, many of Romney allies argued he should have used that time campaigning in battleground states, where several polls in recent days have found him losing ground to Obama.
A senior Romney aide defended the candidate's schedule to Yahoo News, insisting Romney has to keep up with Obama's fundraising now that both candidates have opted out of federal funding for the general election.
"There are better ways we'd like to be spending our time," the aide, who declined to be named, said. "But we have to pay for things somehow."