The final pitches

On the stump

 Mitt Romney, at Tampa International Airport:

‘‘Now, I don’t just talk about change; I actually have a plan to execute change and to make it happen.’’

 Bill Clinton, in Council Bluffs, Iowa:

“That’s really what this whole election’s about: We gotta decide whether we want a ‘We’re all in this together’ country or a ‘You’re on your own country.’’’

On tap today

President Obama returns to the stump with events in Nevada, Colorado, and Wisconsin. Mitt Romney will be in Virginia.


Among surrogates, Republican running mate Paul Ryan will be in Colorado and Ann Romney will be in Ohio. Bill Clinton will be in Wisconsin and Ohio, Vice President Joe Biden in Iowa.

On the airwaves

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The Romney campaign released an ad that enumerates several troubling figures and trends from the past four years and concludes that Americans’ children cannot afford a second Obama term. Among the assertions is a much-discredited claim that the president gutted the work requirement in welfare reform. The ad is running in most swing states. Obama’s campaign released a radio ad heralding Colin Powell’s endorsement of the president and his course of action.

On strategy

President Obama’s decision to make one of his first stops after returning to the campaign in Wisconsin suggests that state still remains competitive. Some analysts had narrowed the list of battleground states to seven, putting North Carolina in Romney’s camp and Wisconsin in the president’s. Also, recent ad buys by pro-Romney super PACS in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota suggest a broadening of the political landscape, but Romney has no plans to visit any of those states.

On spending

For the week ending last Sunday, the campaigns and allied outside groups spent about $84 million on broadcast advertising, about what Republican John McCain spent for his entire nine-week general election campaign in 2008.

Globe staff and wires