Last-ditch campaigning in Wisconsin
November 5th, 2012
10:02 AM ET

Last-ditch campaigning in Wisconsin

By Nova Safo, CNN

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(CNN) – Wisconsin, split almost evenly between Obama and Romney, according to the latest polls – is one of the handful of swing states that will decide the presidential election.

So this past weekend, both candidates visited the state.

They aimed to convince remaining undecided voters, and to rally their base.

Speaking at the state fairgrounds in West Allis, Mitt Romney urged undecided voters to consider his and Obama’s records.

[2:18] "A lot of voters have known for some time who they're going to vote for. But there are others who are just now putting aside the demands of their daily life and considering how their vote will affect their own life. And we ask them and you to look beyond the speeches, the attacks and the ads. Look to the record. Words are cheap. A record is real and it's earned with real effort."

During the rally, the Republican Party stalwarts in attendance were also asked to give of their time in the last hours of the campaign – to make phone calls, knock on doors, and make sure that those supporting Romney get to the polls.


OPINION: Candidates are people too
November 5th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: Candidates are people too

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene says showing emotion might be a sign of weakness for presidential candidates, but they pay an emotional toll through the campaigns and even worse, a loss.

[0:31] "For the presidential candidates to reveal they are vulnerable to hurt would seem to be an admission of weakness. 'If I'd had feelings,' Richard Nixon told me after leaving the White House, 'I probably wouldn't have even survived.'"

[1:45] "Betty Ford said, of her husband: 'He told us that there always has to be a winner and there always has to be a loser, and that you shouldn't be in politics if you aren't aware of that.  We both felt pretty terrible.  But we couldn't change it.'  Someone will feel that way Tuesday night."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion

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