DES MOINES, Iowa (November 5, 2012)--President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were racing across competitive battleground states Monday, stressing differences on the economy, health care and other issues while professing a willingness to work across party lines to end gridlock in Washington.
Mr. Obama told thousands of cheering supporters in New Hampshire Monday they "have the power."
The president said he wants to work across party lines, but said he won't give up priorities such as college financial aid or the health care law he pushed through Congress.
Boos from Romney's partisans in Cleveland turned to appreciative laughter when the Republican nominee began a sentence by saying, "If the president were to be elected," and ended it with, "It's possible but not likely."
After a campaign that began more than a year ago, late public opinion polls were unpredictably tight for the nationwide popular vote, but they suggested an advantage for the president in the state-by-state competition for electoral votes.
Romney was stumping Monday in Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia and Pennsylvania while Mr. Obama was campaigning in New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio and Colorado.