On the final evening before election day, both President Obama and Mitt Romney were on the campaign trial, criss-crossing the nation...hitting key battleground states and hoping to sway undecided voters and make a final pitch to change the minds of those who may have already decided. If Monday was any indication, both camps believe the election may boil down to Ohio.
Republican Mitt Romney spent his last day on the trail on the offensive against the president. In Columbus, Ohio, Romney made an open appeal to voters who may like the president but may find themselves frustrated with the state of the U-S economy. "So many of you look at the big debates we have in this country not as a Republican or a Democrat first but as an American...you've watched what has happened at the last four years with an independent view. You hoped the president would keep his promise to bring people together to solve big problems. He hasn't. I will." And echoing the words of former Republican president Ronald Reagan, Romney challenged the crowd to compare their lives now to the ways things were back in 2008...when President Obama was first elected. "I know the president wants you to think about all sorts of diversionary issues to decide what is key in this election. But I think the election comes down to this question: do you want four more years like the last four years? Or do you want real change? President Obama promised change but he couldn't deliver it."
President Obama also campaigned in Columbus, Ohio....backed by entertainers Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z...the president says people need to remember what has happened over these last four years. "In 2008, we were in the middle of two wars and the worst economic crisis since the great depression. Today our businesses have created nearly five and a half million new jobs. The American auto industry has come roaring back. Homes prices are on the rise. We are less dependent on foreign oil than any time over the last 20 years." The president ended his appearance there with a firm message: he believes the progress that has started under his administration will continue...if he is re-elected. "The war in Iraq is over. The war in Afghanistan is ending. Al Queda is on the road to defeat. Osama Bin Laden is dead. We've made progress these last four years. We've made real progress Ohio but the reason we're here is because we have more work to do."
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