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Obama, Romney Return to Campaign Trail

Nov. 1, 2012

President Obama was set to return to the campaign trail Thursday, with stops planned in Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado, all swing states.

Obama spent Monday and Tuesday in Washington monitoring the progress of Hurricane Sandy before visiting parts of devastated New Jersey on Wednesday with Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Also returning full force to the campaign trial in the battleground state of Virginia was Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who toned down his attacks on Obama and turned campaign rallies into relief events for the those affected by the hurricane.

One who hasn't paused is former President Bill Clinton, who has been a whirling dervish for Obama, racking up mileage as he visits state after state after state in the days before Election Day.

Clinton spoke at 13 events in seven states in four days this week, adding on to a dizzying campaign schedule observers say is unprecedented for a former president, ABC News reported.

Clinton has rallied or will rally voters in multiple locations in Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa, drawing audiences of several thousand in each place.

"You just have to decide," Clinton told supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Wednesday. "Obama's economic plan is better, his budget plan is better, his education plan is better, his healthcare plan is better, his plan to bring America together is better. That is worth standing up for."

Obama campaign officials believe Clinton's endorsement and credibility on the economy can help counter dissatisfaction with the country's current economic state, ABC News said. A New York Times-CBS News poll conducted last week indicated 54 percent of Americans said they think the country is on the wrong track, compared to 39 percent who said they felt things were on the right track.

While he hasn't leveled any of the blistering remarks against Obama during the past few days, Romney did remind audiences that he believed the country was heading down the wrong path under the current administration. At an appearance in Coral Gables, Fla., the former Massachusetts governor instead said the nation's path had created a limping economy where college graduates struggled to find work and 47 million people depended on food stamps, The Washington Times reported.

"I believe that this is the year for us to take a different course," Romney told supporters in Coral Gables.

"I will bring real change and real reform," he said, appropriating Obama's 2008 "change" slogan. "I don't just talk about change -- I actually have a plan to execute change and make it happen."

Source: Copyright United Press International 2012

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