Both present themselves as real harbinger of change

Four years after it catapulted Barack Obama to victory, “change” again became the buzzword in U.S. politics, as the President and his challenger Mitt Romney both revisited the theme in their last appeals to undecided American voters.

Having returned to campaign fields after a brief break from the election theme, brought out by Hurricane Sandy, the two candidates set about on a packed schedule of rallies through a host of battleground states.

Interestingly, both of them tried to present themselves as the real harbinger of “change”, the much promising election slogan of 2008.

Ahead of the last weekend before the November 6 polls, Mr. Romney described himself as the candidate of “real change”, while Mr. Obama dismissed the claim, even finding it laughable.

“Candidate Obama promised change, but he couldn’t deliver it”, said Mr. Romney on a campaign trail in Wisconsin, before heading to Ohio.

To which Mr. Obama retorted also in Ohio: “We know what change looks like, and what the governor’s offering ain’t it”.

Mr. Obama plans a series of stops across Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia, New Hampshire, Colorado and Florida over the weekend and in between he described Mr. Romney as a “salesman” trying to “repackage” failed ideas this elections.

Unimpressed by the jobs report, that showed that the U.S. added 171,000 new jobs in October though the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 7.9 per cent, Mr. Romney said the increase in the unemployment rate was “a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill”.

On his part, the Republican was planning a swing through New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio and reportedly Pennsylvania over the weekend.

“Unless we change course, we may well be looking at another recession”, said Mr. Romney insisting that he can bring “real change” by bringing in a pro-business administration.

Mr. Obama also lashed out at Mr. Romney for his camp’s advertisement which said that Jeep plants would be shipping jobs to China, and termed it a false claim.

“Of course, it turns out it’s not true. The car companies themselves have told Governor Romney to knock it off. Knock it off. That’s what they say,” he said.

The opinion polls continued to suggest a razor thin margin between the two candidates, more reason why both the incumbent and his challenger were leaving nothing to chance in the very closely-fought affair.

While RealClearPolitics’s closely watched average of national polls suggested on Saturday that Mr. Obama was leading by a slim 0.1 percentage of votes, ABC News/Washington Poll had Mr. Romney’s lead of one point.

As per Rasmussen’s assessment, the race is a virtual tie.

With this, the two campaigns are now focusing on some of the key battleground states, where a win will fetch them the necessary Electoral College votes.

The CNN releasing its latest poll said that the presidential election in the battleground State of Ohio remains very close, and Mr. Obama holds a three point advantage over Mr. Romney, which is within the survey’s sampling error.

According to a Reuters-Ipsos poll, Mr. Obama has a small lead, 47 per cent to 45 over Mr. Romney in Ohio, while the Rasmussen survey showed the President into a tie with his Republican challenger at 49 per cent.

The two candidates are in virtual tie, according to polls in four other battle ground states of Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and New Hampshire.

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