U.S. President Barack Obama pointed to Americans pulling together in the wake of superstorm Sandy and called on voters to unite behind his campaign Thursday as he turned his focus to next week's elections.
"We've also been inspired these last few days because when disaster strikes, we see America at its very best," Obama said in Green Bay, Wisconsin in his first campaign rally since leaving the trail to deal with the storm for most of the week.
"There are no Democrats or Republicans in a storm, just fellow Americans," Obama, 51, emphasized, before gradually shifting to a more strident tone against Republican challenger Mitt Romney, 65.
The president has received high marks for his handling of the disaster, with 8 in 10 Americans saying he had done an "excellent" or "good" job in a Washington Post-ABC News poll released late Wednesday.
Obama and Romney, however, remain tied in an average of national polls compiled by the website Real Clear Politics, in a race that looks to come down to the wire when voters head to polling stations on Tuesday. The men also remain tightly locked in the swing states that will determine the outcome of the election.
Obama was also to hold rallies in swing states Nevada and Colorado later Thursday, while Romney campaigned in Virginia. The Green Bay, Wisconsin event was originally to have been held Tuesday, but had to be rescheduled due to the storm.
Romney painted himself at a Roanoke, Virginia rally as the candidate of change and said four more years of Obama would be damaging to a still weak economy.
"We really can't have four more years like the last four years," he said. "I know the Obama folks are chanting, 'four more years,' our chant is 'five more days.'"
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