U.S. President Barack Obama has started his two-day campaign tour in the battleground state of Iowa, as he and Republican challenger Mitt Romney enter the final stretch of the 2012 presidential election.
Obama told a rally in Davenport, Iowa Wednesday that his opponent was spreading what he called the “disease” of “Romnesia”, a play on the words “Romney” and “amnesia”, so people across the country would not notice that the Republican candidate has changed positions on major issues.
“But don’t worry. Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions,” he said.
The president said he would stick with the policies that are getting the country out of what he called “this mess” of an economic crisis.
Obama will also travel to Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Virginia, Ohio, and Illinois, where he says he will participate in early voting. He will also take a quick trip to Los Angeles for an appearance on the popular television show “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Meanwhile, Romney will hold rallies in Nevada and Iowa before campaigning in the important state of Ohio on Thursday.
The Republican candidate showed confidence Tuesday as he slammed the president’s plan for the next four years during a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The president – we’ve gone through four debates now, we’ve gone through four debates with the vice presidential debate and my debates – and we haven’t heard an agenda from the president. And that’s why his campaign is taking on water and our campaign is full speed ahead,” he said.
With voter opinion polls showing both men in a virtual tie heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic incumbent and the former Massachusetts governor are making a final push to attract remaining undecided voters.
The states Obama and Romney are visiting could prove crucial in determining who is assigned the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. Romney’s visit to Ohio underscores the historical fact that no Republican has won the White House without winning the midwestern state.