Obama, Romney, Launch Final Campaign Blitz

    President Barack Obama waves to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a campaign event, Nov. 1, 2012, at the Cheyenne Sports Complex in Las Vegas.
    President Barack Obama waves to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a campaign event, Nov. 1, 2012, at the Cheyenne Sports Complex in Las Vegas.
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    U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, are doing a campaign blitz through so-called "swing states" during the final days before Tuesday's election.

    After rallies in Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado, and Ohio Thursday, Obama plans to spend all day Friday in Ohio -- a crucial state for victory for either candidate. Obama plans to visit Ohio on each of the final four days of the campaign.

    Romney on Friday visits both Wisconsin and Ohio. In West Chester, Ohio, he is expected to join forces with running mate Paul Ryan. The Romney campaign says it expects "nearly 100" governors, senators, mayors, and other officials to attend. In his final days of campaigning, Romney plans stops in New Hampshire, Iowa, and Colorado.

    The candidates are concentrating on the same set of states because they are the so-called "battleground" states that could turn the election one way or the other.

    Though disaster relief efforts have won Obama unusual praise from both Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, polls show the two candidates are just about tied for popular support.
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    by: Anonymous
    November 02, 2012 10:19 AM
    What does the president mean when he told the former Russian president Dmitri Medvedev: "You know it's election year and we cannot afford to say all we mean or mean all we say"? This coming over strategic defense talks that bordered on missile deployment, was the president begging the Russian to show him and his America some mercy because of the election, even if he's had to talk tough to him? I think the real person of Obama will be known if he ventures to win the election a second time

    by: Skee from: America
    November 02, 2012 7:20 AM
    Americans will get no real relief from the disasters,natural or artificial, from the profiteers.

    The only way for Americans to govern themselves appropriately as intended by the nation's founders is to restore the use of voter-verified ballots and
    actual auditable counts.

    When you don't know who designs, builds, programs, or operates the electronic 'voting' systems, you are not actually voting.

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