US Election: Romney To Campaign To The Wire

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign has announced he will make two new stops in Ohio and Pennsylvania on Election Day.

The surprise move comes as he and President Barack Obama make one last push for votes in one of the closest battles for the White House in decades.

Mr Romney, currently at a rally in Fairfax, Virginia, was scheduled to end his campaigning with a late-night rally Monday in New Hampshire, but is now set to campaign in Cleveland and Pittsburgh as America goes to the polls.

“We are only one day away from a fresh start, one day away from the start of a new beginning … to start putting the past four years behind us and start building a new future, Mr Romney said at his second rally of the day in Lynchburg, Virginia.

“This is not just a choice between two candidates or two parties. It is a choice between two visions,” Mr Obama told nearly 20,000 people in Wisconsin, before heading to Ohio for a rally in Columbus with rapper Jay-Z

Both candidates are hitting the skies to squeeze in as much campaigning as possible ahead of Tuesday’s election – covering six key swing states between them in 14 hours.

Mr Romney was the first to touch down earlier, and once again, put the focus on the economy and his own track record in business.

“The President promised change, but he couldn’t deliver change,” he told a crowd at an airport hangar in Sanford, outside Orlando.

“I not only promised change, but I’ve a record of achieving it.

“I actually built a business. I helped turn around another business. I helped get the Olympics back on track. And then with a democrat legislature – 85% democrat – I helped turn my state from deficit to surplus, from job losses to job growth, and from lower take home pay to higher take home pay.”

He continued: “We have one job left. We need every single vote in Florida.

“We ask you to stay at it all the way to victory on Tuesday night,” he added, calling on supporters to make last-ditch phone calls and door knocks.

As Mr Romney addressed crowds in Florida, Mr Obama arrived in Madison, Wisconsin, for his first campaign stop of the day at a rally with rock legend Bruce Springsteen.

“We’ve made progress these last four years, but the reason we’re all gathered here – in addition to listening to Bruce – is because we know we’ve got more work to do,” Mr Obama said to a crowd chanting “four more years”.

He told voters they had a choice to make of “returning to the top-down policies that crashed our economy, or a future that’s built on providing opportunity to everybody, and growing a strong middle-class”.

The candidates have attended hundreds of rallies, fundraisers and town hall events, spent billions on advertising and ground campaigns, and squared off in three intense televised debates.

Nationwide polls show the pair level-pegging with just over 47% of the vote each.

A majority of polls in the battleground states – including Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio – show Mr Obama with a slight advantage, giving him an easier path to the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.

Sky’s Dominic Waghorn in Madison, said: “At the end of this process America remains pretty much as it was half a year ago – divided down the middle, neck-and-neck.

“The polls give the President a slight edge – but he has got to get the vote out to be sure he can win.”

The Obama campaign is scheduled to make a further stop in Des Moines, Iowa, while Mr Romney is also visiting Columbus, Ohio and Manchester, New Hampshire.


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