Closing in on the swing states

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Closing in on the swing states
Closing in on the swing states
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by Charles Hitchins

Four weeks from today millions of Americans will be entering the voting booth to decide the next President of the United States.  In sports terms, this is the fourth quarter and with just 28 days to go, the race is still anyone’s game. Republican candidate Mitt Romney has jumped out to a 4 point lead in the latest Pew Poll of likely voters, getting a bump from his debate performance in Denver last week.  The Romney campaign is feeling invigorated.  Just a few weeks ago some strategists were talking about ways for the former governor to win without taking Ohio, now the campaign is rumored to be pulling staffers from Pennsylvania and sending them to the buckeye state.

With both candidates in Ohio today;  President Obama is at Ohio State University for a rally, while Governor Romney will be campaigning with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie throughout Ohio tonight.  But as the candidates battle for Ohio there is one campaign ad residents won’t be seeing on the airwaves.  The Obama campaign released a new ad targeting Romney’s comment about Big Bird during their debate last week.  “Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about. It’s Sesame Street.”  Surprisingly the ad will not be shown in any battleground states.

Next up though is Thursday’s Vice Presidential debate.   Both Vice President Biden and Representative Ryan have been off the campaign trail preparing for the only time the two will come face to face.  And much like the first Presidential debate the two sides are talking each other up, saying that the other is the better debater.  We’ll find out who truly is the better debater in Kentucky on Thursday. 

For now grab some popcorn and settle in for an exciting few weeks.  There are two more Presidential debates and hundreds of hours of television left before you enter the voting booth.  

While, the clock is ticking towards November 6th, this is the time the candidates need to shine.  Any mistake in the next few weeks could cost one of them the election.  

Closing in on the swing states

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