By Sam Stein
WASHINGTON — Campaigns are, for all intents and purposes, everlasting affairs, with preparations for the next run seeming to start the moment the last cycle ends. For the scorekeepers and historians, however, May 5, 2012, will officially mark the day in which the 2012 presidential election campaign begins between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
On that day, the president will make the first two official stops of his re-election campaign in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Va.
“Good evening everyone,” campaign manager Jim Messina declared Wednesday evening at the start of a conference call with reporters announcing the events. “Welcome to the general election. MORE