become the next president of the United States," Romney said, adding: "We're
going to win on Tuesday night."
Romney sought to strike many notes in the speech, which appeared aimed at the political center.
"The closing hours of a campaign have a dynamic of their own," Romney said. "Many voters have known for some time who they will vote for. Others are just now putting aside the demands of daily life and considering how their vote will affect their life, the lives of their children and the course of the country we love."
Asking the crowd to "look beyond the speeches and attacks and the ads," Romney said, "Words are cheap. A record is real and earned with effort. Real change is not measured in words. It is measured in achievements."
He said Obama promised to be a post-partisan president but became an attacking president. Romney criticized the president's record on jobs, the debt and energy.
"He never led before. He never worked across the aisle before," Romney said.
"The same course we have been on will not lead to a better destination. The same path we're on means $20 trillion in debt in four years, means staggering unemployment."
Romney sought to contrast his record of building a business, leading the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and serving as governor of Massachusetts, with Obama's tenure.
"Candidate Obama promised change but couldn't deliver it. I promise change and I have a record of achieving it," he said.
He added, "If you're tired of being tired, I ask you to vote for real change."
He said even though the economy will still be stagnant when he's elected, he won't spend time "blaming my predecessor," a subtle dig at Obama pinning blame on his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.
Romney vowed that if elected, "I will work with Republicans and Democrats in Congress. I will meet with them regularly."
"I won't just represent one party, I will represent one nation," Romney said.
He reflected on the stakes of the race, telling the audience: "We are four days away from a fresh start. Four days away from the first day of a new beginning. My conviction that better days are ahead is not based on promises and hollow rhetoric but solid plans and proven results."
Romney added, "If there is anyone worried the last four years are the best we can do, if there is anyone who fears that the American dream is fading, if there is anyone who wonders whether better jobs and better paychecks are things of the past, I have a clear and unequivocal message: With the right leadership America will come roaring back."
He also played to the strength he showed in the debates, particularly the first one, when he told the crowd: "You saw the differences when President Obama and I were side-by-side in our debates. He says it has to be this way. I say it can't be this way. He's offering excuses, I've got a plan. He's hoping we'll settle. I can't wait for us to get started."
Vice President Joe Biden also visited Wisconsin on Friday, with stops at middle schools in Superior and Beloit.
Clearly energized by an audience that often gave shouts of encouragement and largely remained on its feet the entire 33-minute speech, Biden laughed and raised his voice as he spoke at Aldrich Middle School in Beloit, about 15 miles from Ryan's hometown of Janesville.
Wearing a dark blazer and blue shirt, Biden immediately spoke about superstorm Sandy, which devastated his home state of Delaware and much of the northeast, saying that it had brought together Republicans and Democrats in a way that the nation used to see more often.
"Mom used to have an expression, Joey out of everything bad something good will come. . . . Although there are still significant problems, there are gigantic opportunities for this country," Biden said.
Speaking to voters in an economically struggling region of Wisconsin, Biden talked about the progress that had been made on the economy.
"We're going to reward companies that bring jobs home, not those who go abroad," he said.
Biden said Republican policies were focused on providing lower taxes to the very wealthiest families in America.
"Folks, look, we've seen this movie before and it ended in the Great Recession of 2008, and I'm absolutely convinced the American people do not want to go back!" Biden said.
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