ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — It's the busiest day of the campaign for the two presidential candidates, their running mates and their wives, who are visiting seven of the swing states that will help determine Tuesday which man will occupy the White House for the next four years.
Mitt Romney is continuing to attack President Barack Obama's business policies, including his suggestion to MSNBC this week that he would create a secretary of business. Romney told a crowd in Virginia that the nation needs a president who understands business -- not a secretary of business.
Obama, meanwhile, is arguing that Romney is not the agent of change he claims to be. Campaigning in Wisconsin, Obama also pointed to the surplus and the new jobs created under Bill Clinton, and said, "We know the ideas that work." Obama asked for four more years, saying his administration has met many goals but hasn't completed the changes he's been trying to usher in since his election.
Aides to Romney are conceding that Hurricane Sandy slowed his momentum. They still say their internal polling shows Romney ahead in some battleground states -- but they're not voicing as much confidence in Ohio or Wisconsin. Romney will campaign in both states in the coming days.
260-w-36-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with President Barack Obama)--Back on the campaign trail after Superstorm Sandy, President Barack Obama has begun the "closing argument" of his re-election bid. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. ((opens with sound)) (1 Nov 2012)
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236-w-36-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP correspondent, with Mitt Romney)--Mitt Romney's back on the attack, saying President Obama doesnt get how business works. AP correspondent Sagar Meghani reports. (1 Nov 2012)
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247-r-10-(Sound of supporters shouting "Four more years!", at Obama campaign rally)--Sound of supporters shouting "Four more years!", at Obama campaign rally. (1 Nov 2012)
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243-a-13-(President Obama, at campaign rally)-"give up now ("no"s fade)"-President Obama says he's the true candidate of change, not Mitt Romney. (1 Nov 2012)
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214-a-06-(Mitt Romney, Republican presidential nominee, at campaign rally)-"on Main Street"-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says the president's idea of creating a secretary of business is silly. (1 Nov 2012)
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APPHOTO WITL108: President Barack Obama shakes hands with supporters during a campaign stop at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis.,Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn) (1 Nov 2012)
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APPHOTO VACD120: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves as he arrives on stage at a campaign stop at Meadow Event Park in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (1 Nov 2012)
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