On the stump
President Obama, in Concord, N.H: ‘‘You have the power.’’
Mitt Romney, in Cleveland: ‘‘Instead of bridging the divide, he’s made it wider.’’
On tap today
Romney will speak in Sanford, Fla.; Lynchburg and Fairfax, both in Virginia; and Columbus, Ohio, before ending the night in Manchester, N.H. Running mate Paul Ryan will be in Reno; Johnston, Colo.; Des Moines; Vienna, Ohio; and Milwaukee.
Obama will start the day in Madison, Wis., then go to Columbus, Ohio, and end in Des Moines. Among Obama’s surrogates: Vice President Joe Biden will be in Sterling and Richmond, Va.; former president Bill Clinton will be in Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, Scranton, and two events in Philadelphia); and Michelle Obama will be in Orlando and Charlotte, N.C., before joining her husband in Des Moines.
On the airwavesThe Romney campaign released an advertisement that seeks to encapsulate both the energy of his massive rally outside in Ohio, on Friday and the closing argument that America can do better and he’s the one to make that happen. The choice of Ohio as the setting speaks to the outsized influence that state could have on who wins the presidency.
On strategyBoth candidates end the final full day of campaigning in places symbolic of where they started their pursuits for the presidency. In the winter of 2008, Senator Obama stunned the political world by taking the Democratic caucuses in Iowa over the favored Hillary Clinton.
Romney launched his 2012 campaign at a barbecue in New Hampshire last year. Both states, though bearing few electoral votes, could play outsized roles in determining the next president.