President Obama has embarked on his sprint to the finish line with what he called a campaign "extravaganza" that involves two days of straight campaigning in six states. Kicking off his tour at a morning rally in Davenport, Iowa Wednesday, the president said he is pulling "an all-nighter" in his quest for votes.
In his modified stump speech today, the president continued two lines of attack he launched in recent days. Regarding Romney's shifting stances, which he's dubbed "Romnesia," the president quipped, "As long as you vote, Iowa, we can cure folks from this malady." And insisting that the numbers in Romney's economic plan don't add up, he called it a "sketchy deal," claiming his across-the-board tax cuts and an increase in military spending would either add to the deficit or raise taxes.
Invoking a new theme in his message, the president honed in on the issue of trust. He said "trust matters" and that voters cannot trust his Republican opponent because of changing positions and not divulging details of his plans, including what tax deductions and loopholes he would eliminate. "You know that I say what I mean and I mean what I say," he added.
The president also touted his policy highlights from his first term in office, insisting he has "kept the commitments" he made during his 2008 campaign. He pointed to the end of the Iraq War, a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and a rescue of the auto industry. "On issue after issue, we are moving forward," he told the Iowa crowd.
A day after unveiling his new "Blueprint for America's Future," a compilation of his ideas for a second term, he asked voters to "compare my plans to Governor Romney's."
He touched on specific components of his plan, arguing that it will create a stronger middle class. He promoted tax breaks for manufacturers and investments in renewable energy. He promised to hire 100,000 new teachers and increase fuel standards for cars and trucks.
"See which plan is better for you and better for America's future," the president said. He told voters they have "a chance to choose" policies that either "turn back the clock 50 years on women and gays and immigrats" or one that "stands up" for all people.
Following his Iowa stop, Mr. Obama heads to rallies in Denver and Las Vegas and will also make a stop in Burbank, Calif., to tape "The Tonight Show." Tomorrow he campaigns in Florida, Virginia and Ohio. Also tomorrow, he will practice what he has been preaching to supporters on the trail, stopping also in his home city of Chicago to cast an early ballot - a first for a president.