Obama, Romney Campaign in Swing States After Final Debate

President Barack Obama, right, with Vice President Joe Biden, at campaign rally Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio
President Barack Obama, right, with Vice President Joe Biden, at campaign rally Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio
Kent Klein
Two weeks before the election, Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are intensely seeking votes in several key states that could decide the outcome of the election. Public opinion surveys on Tuesday show the race is virtually tied.

One day after the last of their three presidential debates, President Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Romney traveled across America, looking for an advantage among the electorate.

At a campaign stop in Delray Beach, Florida, Obama said his opponent shifted his positions on several issues in the debates.

“In all seriousness, I mean, we are accustomed to seeing politicians change their positions from, like, four years ago.  We are not accustomed to seeing politicians change their positions from four days ago,” Obama said.

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Romney held a rally near Las Vegas, Nevada, where he said the president has no plan to improve the economy.

“We have gone through four debates, with the vice presidential debate and my debates, and we have not heard an agenda from the president.  And that is why his campaign is taking on water and our campaign is full speed ahead,” Romney said.

Obama responded to criticism that he has not specified his plan for the next four years by releasing a booklet, laying out where he intends to lead the country during a second term in office.

The president’s newly-released plan calls for instituting tax breaks for companies that create jobs, reducing dependence on foreign oil, increasing spending for education and job training, cutting the U.S. deficit, and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure.

After leaving Florida, Obama made yet another trip to Ohio, a state both campaigns say they need to win.

In Dayton, the president made a joint campaign appearance with Vice President Joe Biden.

At a rally in Toledo earlier in the day, Biden sharply criticized Governor Romney for comments he made on foreign policy during Monday night's debate.

“Whether it was the strength of the United States Navy, or our plans for Afghanistan, or how to handle Iran, or our relationship with Israel -- you got a very clear sense that these guys just do not get it,” Biden said.

Governor Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, shared the stage in Nevada.

Ryan criticized Mr. Obama’s performance on his handling of the U.S. economy.

“We do not have to settle for 23 million Americans struggling to find work.  We do not have to settle for 11.8 percent unemployment in Nevada.  We do not have to settle for all these underwater mortgages [i.e., mortgages that are more expensive than than the value of their corresponding properties].  We do not have to settle for 15 percent of our fellow countrymen and women living in poverty,” Ryan said.

Although public opinion surveys show that most Americans believe President Obama won Monday’s debate, Governor Romney has closed the gap in many swing states.
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by: bunmi adegboye from: nigeria
October 24, 2012 12:36 PM
i wish President Barrack Obama should win the election so that he can complement the good work he had been doing from his first term in government.

by: terry from: Canada
October 24, 2012 11:03 AM
I'm sorry...who's outsourcing to CHINA...If Romney is talking about jobs, let's not forget who is training Chinese workers. The people of Freeport Illinois will be less 170 jobs due to his outsourcing (Bain Capital and Sensata technologies. What a load!

by: Jason from: China
October 24, 2012 2:19 AM
I don't think Obama will win the election of president. But I like the debate between them with body languages and intensely atomsphere

by: angelina from: las vegas
October 23, 2012 5:07 PM
Both of them supporters of killing machines drones and useless wars which killed army innocent kids killed dollars as well both of them don't deserve to become presidents.
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by: A Anoymous Canasian from: Canada
October 24, 2012 10:53 AM
For serious, the ending of wars is highly unlikely if Obama or Romney wins. War is part of humanity, get over it.
Also Obama should win and hopefully he will
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by: Lyanzh
October 24, 2012 6:54 AM
Who deserves to become president and can end the war?

by: Brandt Hardin
October 23, 2012 3:43 PM
The Romney / Ryan ticket would drive the entire economy into a nose dive as long as it benefits the richest Americans. Income inequality is endangering the Middle Class and making paupers of us all who don’t have those millions upon millions of dollars. Read more about the role of Romney’s riches in this election and the power of his sacred undergarments at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html The working class of our country can’t AFFORD to allow this election to be bought and sold!

by: Ioane from: Whittieer
October 23, 2012 3:18 PM
I love and greatfull for President Obama, and one thing you all need to be remind that Osama was wanted dead or live by former President Gorge W Bush.
So whats that meaning?, is anybody, anywhere, can bring Osama dead or live. It meant you can or I can but it was Former President Gorge W Bush who puted it up and ask for anybody in the first place worldwide BE FAIR AND BE BALANCE OR ELSE YOU ARE LYING.
But I believe Mitt Romney set up a standard and President Obama found out that he needs to step up or weak up that is why Romney is remarkably outstanding and refreshing. Look I am a born again christian I have values like any of you. But when it comes to selecting a President, to me? is values + America=blessing, is Jehovah God Almighty for the USA.
May God bless President Obama and Romney and you as well. And keep the USA as long as Israel is safe.

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