NEWINGTON, N.H. - Kicking off a day filled with four campaign events spread across three crucial swing states, Mitt Romney urged Americans to vote for love, not revenge in New Hampshire this morning.
Romney drew on remarks that President Obama made Friday at a campaign event in Ohio. Obama urged voters to head to the polls, saying, "Voting is the best revenge."
Romney said today that the remark likely "surprised a lot of people."
"Speaking to an audience, he said, you know voting is the best revenge," said Romney. "He told his supporters, voting for revenge. Vote for revenge?
"Let me tell you what I'd like to tell you: Vote for love of country," he said. "It is time we lead America to a better place."
Romney's campaign also released an ad titled "Revenge or Love of Country" that asked viewers, "On Tuesday, what will be your reason for voting?"
It's a tight race here in New Hampshire, where recent polls show Romney and Obama within the margin of error. Romney, who has a home in northern New Hampshire and is well-known in the state thanks to his governorship across the border in Massachusetts, said here today that he believes the Granite State's four electoral votes could help him clinch the White House next week, reflecting back on his primary win here that helped propel his candidacy earlier this year.
"Thank you, New Hampshire!" Romney shouted to the crowd, gathered on the tarmac in front of his campaign plane. "New Hampshire got me the Republican nomination, and New Hampshire is going to get me the White House!"