Obama, Romney resume attacks after Sandy

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(CBS News) We are just five days away from Election Day and early voting continued Thursday in all 50 states We have coverage of both campaigns, starting with President Obama in the swing state of Nevada.

White House aides say the president is still conducting the federal response to Sandy while he is on the road and making phone calls to governors in the storm area between rallies. But he's also making up for lost time with three or four events a day between now and the election.

Watch Nancy Cordes' report on the president making up ground on the campaign:

The president bounded back onto the campaign trail wearing a bomber jacket emblazoned with his title: "commander in chief."

"It is good to be back in Green Bay, Wisconsin! " he told a crowd.

At each stop, he started by sharing lessons from Hurricane Sandy.

"When disaster strikes," said the president, "we see America at its best. All the petty differences that consume us in normal times all seem to melt away."

On Thursday, Mr. Obama was back in campaign mode, deriding Gov. Romney's promise to bring change to Washington.

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"Another $5 trillion tax cut that favors the wealthy isn't change. Turning Medicare into a voucher is change, but we don't want that change!"

Meanwhile, Gov. Romney went hunting for votes today in another swing state: Virginia.

"We really can't have four more years like the last years," Romney told an audience. "I know the Obama folks are chanting, 'Four more years! Four more years!' But I'll chant this: 'Five more days!'"

Watch Jan Crawford's report on Mitt Romney's rally in Virginia:

Before the hurricane, Romney had momentum---the race was in a dead heat and he was tied or within striking distance in battleground states.

But the storm knocked him off the front pages at a crucial time in the race. On Monday and Tuesday, he cancelled rallies. And back on the trail Wednesday in Florida, he toned down his attacks of the President.

However on Thursday in Virginia, Romney was back on his economic message with sharp attacks on the President.

"His campaign and his address is all about attacking," he said. "We actually have a plan to get this economy going - we're going to put it in place to help the American people."

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    Nancy Cordes is CBS News' congressional correspondent.

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