Barack Obama, Mitt Romney struggling for final push

Monday, November 5th, 2012 10:42:49 by

With less than 48 hours remaining in what it feels like the longest election race ever, President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney are leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters and are engaged in a heated exchange of words in their final leg of campaigning.

The two contenders have flooded the airwaves with ads and are stumping all across the country in a last ditch effort to convince those few crucial undecided that they deserve to be at the helm of the most powerful nation.

Obama and Romney are running almost neck-and-neck in national polls, but polls of many key battlegrounds show Mr Obama narrowly ahead.

Barack Obama stumped in New Hampshire in the morning, flew to Florida and Ohio, and was headed west to Colorado in the evening. Romney spent Sunday heading east from Iowa to Virginia, with a stop in Ohio and a foray into Pennsylvania in between.

Along the way, Obama painted the elections as a choice between policies that had moved the country out of the depths of recession and ones that got it into one in the first place.

He observed, “On the one hand, you can choose to return to the top-down policies that crashed our economy or you can join me in building a future that focuses on a strong and growing middle class.”

Romney while speaking to gatherings in Des Moines, Iowa, and Cleveland told voters that Obama’s record, particularly on the economy, didn’t warrant returning him to Washington.

He stated, “Throughout this campaign, using everything he can think of, President Obama has tried to convince you his last four years have been a success.”

“So his plan for the next four years is to take all the ideas from his first term — the borrowing, Obama care and all the rest — and do them all over again. He calls his plan ‘forward’. I call it forewarned,” he added

They are effectively tied in national polls of the popular vote but Obama appears to be in a stronger position in the battleground states, and if the polls are accurate, seems to be in position to win re-election.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post survey showed the race for the White House tied, with both Obama and Romney receiving 48-percent support among likely voters.

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