Decision 2012: Obama Casts An Early Ballot; Romney Stumps Through Ohio
Breaking with Election Day tradition, President Obama went to his local polling place almost two weeks ahead of time to try to inspire his supporters to cast their ballots early. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
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President Barack Obama wouldn't say who he voted for, but he did say doing it in October has its advantages.
"It means you don't have to figure out whether you need to take time off work, figure out how to pick up the kids and still cast your ballot," he said.
It was a quick hometown stop amid two long days on the road, or, more accurately, in the air. The president's schedule Thursday had him in Tampa, Richmond, Chicago, and Cleveland.
His Republican rival, Mitt Romney, stuck to Ohio, a single state key to his victory, touching down in three cities.
Cincinnati and Worthington are in two counties Obama won four years ago. John McCain narrowly won Defiance.
In another 2008 head-twister, Romney is adopting Obama's mantra.
"On Nov. 7, it is going to start getting better just with the news we voted for big change," Romney said.
Romney's camp is also drawing attention to salty language Obama used describing his opponent to Rolling Stone.
But an Indiana Republican's comments on rape still has Democrats howling, though Mitt Romney isn't backing off his endorsement of Richard Mourdock.
That has a new line in Obama's stump speech.
"I don't think any politician in Washington, most of whom are male," Obama said, "should be making health care decisions for women."
Team Romney is dispatching Ann Romney to rebut attacks that Republicans are worse for women.
"He will always make decisions, and he will always decide what is best for America," Ann Romney said.
She's speaking about the economy, the only thing most experts say Romney should be talking about if he wants to win. To that end, Mitt Romney is making a speech on the country's financial shape Friday in an Iowa county Obama won four years ago.
On Monday, meanwhile, Obama has another fly-around to three swing states, this time joined by former President Bill Clinton.