Republican nominee Mitt Romney has chided US President Barack Obama for calling on Americans to vote for “revenge” as the battle for the White House raced to an ill-tempered climax.
Two days before voters choose between giving Obama a second term or sending him packing back to Chicago, the rivals chased one another through a handful of states that will decide Tuesday’s too-close-to-call election.
Romney was up early in New Hampshire, which has only four of the 270 electoral votes needed to claim the White House but could punch above its weight in a tight finish, accusing Obama of “demonising” political foes.
“I won’t represent just one party, I’ll represent one nation,” Romney told a crowd at an airport rally outside Portsmouth on Saturday, and warned Obama would find it impossible to work with congressional Republicans if he wins re-election.
Romney also debuted a new political ad on Saturday, seizing on Obama’s comment in Ohio a day earlier when he told supporters angry at the Republicans not to boo but to vote, saying “voting’s the best revenge”.
The ad featured Romney telling his biggest crowd of the campaign in Ohio on Friday that Obama asked his supporters to vote for revenge - for revenge. “Instead, I ask the American people to vote for love of country,” Romney said.
Romney repeated the message in New Hampshire and then at a rally in Dubuque, Iowa, where in a show of close combat on the last weekend of the campaign, Obama was set to touchdown for his own event at the same airport just five hours later.
“Words are cheap,” Romney told a crowd in Dubuque. “You can say whatever you want to say in a campaign, but what you can achieve — results — those are earned. Those can’t be faked.”
Latest polls show Obama and Romney tied nationally, but Obama appears to be solidifying his position in enough of the eight or so swing states that will decide the election to support his hopes of a second term.
Ann becomes emotional during final stretch
During a rally both Mitt and wife Ann became emotional. “That is quite a welcome. That is amazing, to walk in and have this kind emotion come to us. It makes me believe we can win Colorado,” Ann Romney said. “(It is) quite emotional, I must say, to be in this room, but it's also quite emotional to me to know how I humble I feel at this moment.”