Obama, Romney Race to Close Election Finish

    Michael Bowman
    Less than 48 hours before Americans go to the polls, Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, are crisscrossing the United States in a final push for votes.

    With public opinion polls showing an evenly-divided nation, both campaigns say they are confident of victory Tuesday.

    His voice hoarse from days of non-stop campaigning, President Obama is asking voters to stand with him on Election Day. “We have come too far to turn back now. We have come too far to let our hearts grow faint. It is time to keep pushing forward," he said. 

    Obama insists, after four years as president, he still represents true change in Washington. “You know that I know what real change looks like. Because I have fought for it alongside you. I have got the scars to prove it. I have got the grey hair to show for it," he said. 

    “I need Iowa so we can win the White House and take back America," said Republican Mitt Romney. He says the United States needs a change from failed Obama policies. “He [President Obama] said unemployment would now be 5.4 percent. We just learned on Friday that it is 7.9 percent. The question of this election comes down to this: do you want four more years like the last four years, or do you want real change?”

    At the end of a long and often bitter campaign, the candidates are pledging to bridge partisan divides to solve the nation’s problems.

    “As long as I am president, I will work with anybody of any party to move this country forward," said Obama. 

    “When I am elected, I am going to work with Republicans and Democrats in Congress," Romney told a cheering crowd. 

    And, they are bringing some well-known voices to the campaign trail. Former President Bill Clinton is making appearances on Obama’s behalf.

    “Are we moving in the right direction? I am for President Obama, because he has been a good commander-in-chief and he has done a good job," he said. 

    Romney’s wife, Ann, joined him at an Ohio campaign stop, and had this to say about her husband. “I can tell you one thing about this guy. He will always stand by my side, and he will always do what is right for America," she said. 

    Both campaigns are focused on fewer than 10 swing states like Ohio and Florida that will likely determine the outcome of the election. Republicans are seen as more energized, while Democrats boast of a more-extensive voter outreach network.

    Public opinion polls show a fairly-evenly divided electorate nationally, but small leads for Obama in most battleground states. Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie is predicting victory. 

    “We feel very confident in terms of where we are in the target states. We have been able to expand [the campaign focus] into Pennsylvania while fully-funding and staying current with everything we need to be doing in Florida and Virginia and Ohio and all the other target states," he said. 

    Obama campaign adviser David Plouffe has a similar message. “I am confident two days from now the president will be re-elected. We have the support to win this election. We have to make sure it materializes in votes, and that is the challenge for us over the next two days," he said.

    Tuesday’s vote comes one week after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the U.S. East Coast. The storm’s effect on voting remains to be seen. With voter turn-out viewed as the key to victory, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will continue a frantic campaign schedule from now until election eve. 

     

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    by: sudeep paralkar from: India
    November 06, 2012 10:33 PM
    I hope Obama wins the presidential election.Global Issues ranging fron war against terrorism,proactive policies towards powers such as EU,China,Russia and India has been well handled by Obama.Obama is more popular in India.
    But of course Americans will decide based on domestic issues confronting them.
    American Presidential election is indeed fascinating process and keenly watched world over.

    by: Mhee from: Philippines
    November 06, 2012 8:05 AM
    Whoever wins!!!!!

    by: NVO from: USA
    November 06, 2012 12:24 AM
    No! It's about who is furthering the agenda of THE NEW WORLD ORDER that will win. Take your head out of the sand you BLISSFULLY IGNORANT PEOPLE!!!

    by: azadisetan@yahoo.com from: USA
    November 05, 2012 6:18 PM
    Wake UP! However you see it! We have to elect Mitt Romney for white House; the current pat is only taking U.S.A to be weaker and weaker domestically and internationally! Getting out of Iraq is not to benefit USA in fact it is for benefit of him for today’s reelection! Iraq was in hand of Saddam Hussein, now it is in the hands of more dangerous enemy which is Atomic terrorist’s government of Iran! We need a firm president, so they lesion to, not by appeasing them!

    by: M from: VN
    November 05, 2012 2:49 AM
    Vote for Barack Obama. He's a good man. I believe He 'll help the America to recover economy.
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    by: Douglas Pitcher from: central New York
    November 05, 2012 7:29 PM
    donot vote for the top two, vote for the under dog, RON PAUL .

    by: Jan from: Rhode Island
    November 04, 2012 8:33 PM
    Cas Lee - No independent feminist egalitarian voter would ever vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket. Their positions on women's issues, the environment, health care, education, etc. are from the Dark Ages. Obama 2012.

    by: jack from: indonesia
    November 04, 2012 8:32 PM
    i hope obama win again.
    I"M not a american, but i hope obama win again.
    if romney win, he isn"t different with bush, he like war and that not good for american and this world.

    good luck mr obama

    by: Jim Ars from: Idaho
    November 04, 2012 5:27 PM
    You want to talk about the last four year? Read this post and it has government chart links. Voting records can’t be lied about and I suggest you look further into this. Not only should Obama be re-elected, people need to wake up and there are names to be taken for treason. Look at the article and then look at the voting records on Government web sites. Also imagine what going back to Bush policies would do to us now. We need to vote for Obama and hold those accountable for holding our country down.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/bob-cesca/republicans-filibuster-ev_b_2018663.html
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    by: Jack from: Florida
    November 04, 2012 8:46 PM
    Nice, huffingtonpost, a website full of biased democrats and liberals. Also, Bush's policies aren't what messed us up. Ohhh but people don't wanna believe that, silly silly kids. You guys think everything Bush did was wrong. I laugh at you guys. What Bush DID do wrong was not handling the oil situation right when the prices spiked; he went to war; and all the costs incurred were costs he didn't know how to fix because he's not economically sound so he just basically took his little credit card and borrowed a bunch from China. It's mainly that Bush was STUPID for these few things. The few things that make him very unliked.

    But to think EVERYTHING bush did was bad is so stupid. It's like people thinking Nixon is the worst president because of the watergate incident....when in fact, if you disregard that incident, you see nixon was a foreign policy GENIUS. Indeed, one of the best at foreign policy

    by: Anonymous
    November 04, 2012 5:20 PM
    An athlete makes claims to get a sponsor that he/she can win a sport

    A sponsor decides to take a chance and back this athlete.

    The powers that be decide to cut off one of the athletes legs because they don’t like this particular athlete,

    The athlete competes anyway but is not able to pull off the promise of winning.

    The powers that be (the ones who cut off the leg) claim that the person lied and is deed not a good athlete because they didn’t make good on their promises, of course failing to mention their own administered obstacle played a major role in the outcome.

    The athlete is fairly happy with the fact that he/she accomplished placing in the race and is determined to work harder and try to make good on that promise.

    The sponsor sees that this athlete has promise based on his/her performance in spite of the overwhelming obstacles placed.

    The crowd has mixed feelings about the results because of all the spins, misinformation, opinions, downplaying of the powers that bees’ involvement, outright lies, and plain ole hatred.

    Pretty much sums up this election
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    by: Berwin from: guangdong Procvince,China
    November 04, 2012 7:50 PM
    I support Barack Obama ,he is the one who can give America a brighter future.

    by: Cas Lee
    November 04, 2012 1:10 PM
    Reasons Why This Independent Feminist (Egalitarian) Voter Supports the Romney/Ryan Ticket

    (1) Romney/Ryan will use their leadership, determination, knowledge, experience, and skills to deal with America’s problems.
    (2) During the 4 DEBATES, Romney/Ryan reflected an understanding of the issues and won the debates with substance, directness, integrity, respect, clarity, facts, commitment, inspiration, credibility, and leadership.
    (3) Romney/Ryan will get our ECONOMY back in shape (more jobs, higher wages, small business support, balanced budget).
    (4) Romney/Ryan will refrain from implementing any more ineffective and costly QUANTITATIVE EASING (i.e., pumping money into the economy by printing dollars).
    (5) Romney/Ryan will develop a desperately-needed coherent FOREIGN POLICY for America that will bring about strong international cooperation and keep us out of senseless wars.
    (6) Romney/Ryan will bring about legal IMMIGRATION REFORM via Congress, including by (a) giving many illegal immigrants with historical long-term roots in America the opportunity to take responsibility for their mistakes and forge a path to a legal immigration status; and (b) securing America’s borders and sending an unequivocal message to potential illegal immigrants that America is NOT a place where they (and people smugglers who exploit them) will be able to thrive economically.
    (7) Romney and Ryan are highly disciplined, methodic, analytical, and focused on PROBLEM-SOLVING, i.e., defining specific problems, studying them from all angles (which also includes analyzing indepth opposing viewpoints), breaking them down into their component parts, coming up with creative, practical, and workable solutions to them, and then implementing and refining these solutions. Since our America currently has plenty of truly complex problems, this indepth problem-solving approach is very much needed in the White House.
    (8) Finally, I am an INDEPENDENT voter, having earlier been a Republican in the southwest and a Democrat in the southwest and northeast. I am also a female feminist (egalitarian) person who very much values and promotes human dignity for all people. The best option in voting is to vote FOR a candidate/party platform, rather than simply AGAINST another candidate/party platform. Unfortunately, during recent years I often find myself making compromises between these two options. The current Dem Party has become far too liberal in its ideology, while the current Rep Party has become far too conservative in its ideology. As a result, a lot of us Americans who do NOT see life in terms of stark contrasts (but rather in terms of a MOSAIC) find it difficult to support candidates from either of these parties. However, as in life generally, in politics there must also be compromise. Of course, I could vote for a candidate from a non-Rep, non-Dem party, but I want my vote to count in terms of actually getting someone elected whom I can expect to do the job in an excellent way. After careful research and consideration, I have made my compromise in favor of the Romney/Ryan ticket.

    This election is NOT about who wins but rather about who is the best person and in the best position in terms of qualifications and character to lead our country. I am INSPIRED by the Romney/Ryan ticket since I envision how they will lead our country in a positive and productive direction - I hope that you too are inspired by them and will vote for them on Nov. 6th to help make America and us Americans strong, secure, and stable!

    Best regards,
    Cas Lee
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    by: joe from: texas
    November 04, 2012 7:44 PM
    You are delusional.

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