Closing Arguments for 2012 Presidential Candidates: Sprint to Finish

Candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in final stretch of presidential race.
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both campaigns are counting on ohio and its 18 electoral votes on election night. The president needs ohio to hold onto his midwestern firewall. Romney needs ohio because without it, the math for him is very difficult. Which is why we discovered a frenetic pace, as we were allowed inside both campaigns, working on the ground here today to get out the vote. Governor romney in cleveland. Tonight, his campaign says his ground game is well ahead of john McCain's four years ago. President obama rallying his supporters in cincinnati tonight. Pomes here in ohio showing a slim lead for the president. And tonight, the newest abc news/"washington post" poll and it shows why getting out the vote across this country, and right here in ohio, will make all the difference tuesday. Presidenobama ahead by just one point tonight. And look at the map. Heading into the weekend, governor romney making 14 stops, seven battleground states, the president, 14 stops, eight states. And nowhere have they been more than ohio. Tonight, our countdown clock is on and so is our powerhouse political team. With two days to go, our wh team here tonight. We're going to begin tonight with our senior white house correspondent jake tapper in cincinnati. Reporter: As the candidates crisscross battleground states, it's as if ty're on different planets. Both campaigns claim victory is within reach. Their pitches combinations of soaring rhetoric and needy cries to not buy what the others are selling. He's hoping we'll settle. Americans don't settle. We build, we aspire. We dream. We can do better. Their bet is on your cynicism. But florida, my bet is on you and your hope. Reporter: To appeal to undecided voters, sick of d.C. Dysfunction, both candidates are cloaking themselves in bipartisan robes. I'll endeavor to find those good men and women on both sides of the aisle who care more about the country than they do about politics. I want all parties to work together. And we're not democrats and republicans first, we're americans first. Reporter: And as a sign of just how close the obama campaign thinks this could be, the president today appeared in new hampshire, which has only four electoral votes. He was joined by bill clinton, who mocked romney's pitch. Don't pay too much attention to what our solutions are, just be disappointed in it. Look at me, I look like a president. And I talk like one. And I'm telling you it's all going to be all right if you elect me. Reporter: The president wistfully told his supporters the campaign is no longer about his or his team. We're no longer relevant now. We're props. Because what's happened is, now, the campaign falls on these 25-year-old kids who are out there knocking on doors, making phone calls. Reporter: Romney appeared in pennsylvania this evening. It's unclear if going to the state that hasn't gone republican in a presidential race for almost a quarter century was a bold sign of confidence that he's getting ahead of a romney wave, david, or a desperate attempt to find a path to the presidency that does not include this state that you and I are both in, ohio. David? Jake tapper here in ohio with me tonight.

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