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Obama, Romney Ramp Up Campaigning After Conventions

Cara Palmer |
September 8, 2012 | 12:17 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

There are only 60 days left before the presidential election. (DonkeyHotey, Creative Commons)
There are only 60 days left before the presidential election. (DonkeyHotey, Creative Commons)
The end of the Democratic and Republican national conventions marks the beginning of the home stretch toward the 2012 presidential election.

President Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney have ramped up their campaigning; both are attempting to sway swing state voters to their advantage by targeting class difference.

The Associated Press reports:

“President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are working feverishly for an increasingly smaller but crucial slice of the electorate — white, working-class voters.

“These clock-punching voters — from Iowa’s tiny manufacturing cities to Virginia coal country to pockets of Ohio reliant on the auto industry — are considered the potential tipping point in battleground states that will decide the winner on Nov. 6. These voters are also critical to turning less competitive states such as Michigan into suddenly swing states in the final stretch.”

While Romney campaigns in Virginia this weekend trying to persuade voters that the president “hasn't lived up to his promises and his policies haven't worked,” Obama is in Florida telling voters that “no matter what the naysayers may say for political reasons, no matter how dark they try to make everything look, there's not a country on earth that wouldn't gladly trade places with the United States of America.”

The Hill explains the importance of swing states in this election:

“By most projections, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire will determine the outcome of the election.

“President Obama won all of those states in 2008 and will need to hold on to about half if he’s to secure reelection.

“Neither campaign is slated to spend any time outside of these battleground states in the coming days.”

Both campaigns are now focusing on mobilizing their bases.

The final 60 days leading up to the election began with both candidates hitting the ground sprinting.



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