DAVENPORT, Iowa – Trying to stoke his campaign for the final stretch to the election, President Obama began a two-day swing Wednesday that will take him through seven battleground states and, his campaign hopes, just close enough to the finish line to pull off victory in November.
"Now, this is the first stop on our 48-hour fly-around-campaign marathon extravaganza,” Obama told the crowd of 3,500 gathered under oak trees on the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds for the first stop on the tour. “We’re going to pull an all-nighter. No sleep!”
Obama’s blitz began with the electoral cram-session in Iowa, the scene of his first primary win in 2008 and 15 presidential visits over the last four years. As in most of the other states on Obama’s packed itinerary, the president appears to have a slim advantage over his GOP rival, Mitt Romney, in Iowa.
But here as well as in the other states on the tour, the former Massachusetts governor has pulled within striking distance.