The Marine One helicopter carrying President Obama lands on the South Lawn… (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated…)
After three days of tending to storm business, President Obama gets back on the campaign trail Thursday with plans to offer a closing argument focused on middle-class security.
The president will argue that the middle class has been undercut by policies and decisions of the last decade, according to the campaign.
"While Governor [Mitt] Romney promotes the same policies that failed our country and ran the middle class into the ground and calls it change, President Obama will point the way forward to real change that will boost the middle class and create a stronger future for all Americans," Obama campaign spokesman Adam Fetcher said in a morning email.
The president is also likely to talk about ongoing efforts to help the East Coast recover from super storm Sandy, the natural disaster that has kept him off the campaign trail since Monday.
Now he is back to stay, with nearly nonstop travel between now and election day.
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Obama is scheduled to be in Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado on Thursday before returning to the all-important state of Ohio on Friday.
He plans a tarmac event in Green Bay, Wis., and rallies in Boulder, Colo., and North Las Vegas.
Actress and national campaign co-chair Eva Longoria is scheduled to join Obama at the Nevada event.
Accompanying the kickoff of the final stretch of the campaign is a new television ad highlighting the endorsement of retired four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
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The endorsement by Powell, who served in the George W. Bush administration, comes a day after Obama spent a day with Chris Christie, the GOP governor of New Jersey, touring the storm-battered New Jersey coast.
Christie praised the president's preparation for and response to the storm, and Obama returned the compliments by declaring Christie "aggressive" in his own efforts.
"We’ve said all along this election is a choice between the status quo and real change – change that offers promise that the future will be better than the past," said Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg.
"President Obama’s misguided policies and broken promises have let down millions of Americans, and we can't afford four more years like the last four."
[For the Record, 8:55 a.m. PST Nov. 1: This post has been updated to include the Romney campaign's response.]
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