Campaign Fires Up

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 7:28am

The Obama Campaign is getting fired up as Romney tries to pick a running mate.

Expect a big ad blitz from the Obama team this week as the President officially kicked off his campaign this weekend, with rallies in two swing states.

President Obama kicked off Campaign 2012 with two big rallies in Ohio and Virginia. "14,000 is 11,000 more than the largest crowd that Mitt Romney has ever drawn," said David Axelrod, Sr. Advisor to the President.

Mitt Romney was a clear target. "He sincerely believes that if CEOs and wealthy investors like him make money, the rest of us will automatically prosper as well," said President Barack Obama

But this race won't just be about the economy - the President favors civil unions, but the Vice President seemed to go a step further Sunday, favoring gay marriage: "I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights," said Vice President Joe Biden

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney's got a decision to make. Who will share the republican ticket - Newt Gingrich?

"Oh, I can't imagine it. You've known me for years. Would you pick me to be number two?" said Newt Gingrich, (R) Former Presidential Candidate

Florida Senator Marco Rubio? "I'm not going to discuss the Vice-Presidency. I'm not going to -- Governor Romney has a process in place. And I'm going to respect that." : Senator Marco Rubio/ (R) Florida

New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte? "I have, some would say, better experience than Barack Obama had when he was a Senator and ran." Senator Kelly Ayotte/ (R) New Hampshire

Romney - at last night's Celtics game in Boston - hasn't yet made a choice - at least not publicly.

The Obama campaign promises extensive advertising starting this week, focusing on his accomplishments -- killing Osama bin laden, saving the auto industry, and stopping massive job loss.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.

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