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Politics

The Final Stretch

Campaign snapshot for today

On the stump

 President Obama, in Green Bay, Wis.: “[Mitt Romney’s] saying he’s the candidate of change. Let me tell you, Wisconsin. We know what change looks like. And what the governor is offering sure isn’t change.’’

 Mitt Romney, in Roanoke, Va.: “I don’t think adding a new chair in his Cabinet will help add millions of jobs on Main Street. We don’t need a secretary of business to understand business. We need a president who understands business, and I do.’’

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 Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, in endorsing Obama: ‘‘Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be — given this week’s devastation — should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.’’

On tap today

Romney’s campaign is planning what it calls a super-rally outside Cincinnati that will include the nominee, his running-mate Paul Ryan, and their wives. It is being billed as the largest gathering of Republicans since their convention. President Obama will campaign at three events in Ohio, Bill Clinton at three events in Florida, and Vice President Joe Biden at two events in Wisconsin.

On the airwaves

With a new ad titled “Secretary of Business,’’ Romney’s campaign extended the nominee’s chiding of the president for suggesting he might consolidate agencies into a new Cabinet post. The ad calls Obama’s idea another example of trying to solve a problem by adding to the bureaucracy.

The Obama campaign released two new ads. The first is a positive spot that promotes the endorsement of Colin Powell, a moderate Republican, and his words that the president saved the country from an economic collapse and ended the war in Iraq. The second ad was the latest salvo in the battle over the auto industry. Titled “Cynical,’’ it calls Romney’s latest claims on the industry and the government bailout hypocritical and indefensible.

On strategy

Romney decided to campaign in Philadelphia Sunday, one day after Ryan attends a rally in Harrisburg on Saturday. For Romney, it’s the first visit there in weeks and represents the most concrete step the campaign has taken to back its contention that
Pennsylvania — long thought to be strongly leaning to Obama — is in play.

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