In close race, Obama and Romney both showing confidence

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Pool-Michael Reynolds)

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Pool-Michael Reynolds)

SAN FRANCISCO — Exactly one month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are both declaring they will win a race for the White House that remains anything but clear. Their trails are crossing again in Ohio, the state that could decide the election, and signs of urgency are emerging from each campaign.

"I very much intend to win this election," Obama told donors in San Francisco Monday night. "But we're only going to do it if everybody is almost obsessive for the next 29 days."

Romney stood in a driving rain in Newport News, Va., his wet hair sticking to the side of his face, to join the kinds of die-hard supporters he needs for victory. "People wonder why it is I'm so confident we're going to win," he told them. "I'm confident because I see you here on a day like this. This is unbelievable."

Obama plans to rally support from students at Ohio State University on Tuesday, the last day for Ohioans to register to vote. Early voting is under way there and in many other states in one form or another.

Romney is set to campaign in Iowa and then Ohio, two of the nine contested states on the path to 270 electoral votes. Still riding high after a strong debate performance, Romney is expected to attend a midday rally in Van Meter, a small town 20 miles west of Des Moines. Tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to join Romney for a night rally near Akron, Ohio.

Obama maintains more paths to victory, but polling shows a tightening race after more than 67 million people watched Romney shine in the Denver debate last week. The challenger's path to victory is extremely narrow, particularly without Ohio. No Republican has won the presidency without carrying the state.

As negative ads blanketed the toss-up states, the Obama campaign on Tuesday unleashed one on national broadcast and cable networks featuring its favorite new weapon — Big Bird.

Employing ominous narration, the spot ridicules Romney for singling out the "Sesame Street" character and PBS subsidies as examples of how he would cut spending. "One man has the guts to say his name," says the ad, flashing to Romney and then the feathered creature. "Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about. It's Sesame Street."

The competitors pivot to Ohio after closing out different missions.

Obama capped a two-day California visit that took him from the cliffside mansions of Beverly Hills to the golden fields outside Bakersfield to downtown San Francisco. The trip was mainly about raising millions of campaign dollars.

Romney sought to burnish his credentials as a potential commander in chief with a foreign policy address before Virginia Military Institute cadets, asserting that Obama's efforts have been weak in the volatile Middle East and his leadership in world affairs lacking overall.

Obama's aides said the president was upbeat in private, well aware that he had to do better in next week's debate in New York, but steady and looking forward to another shot.

Based on the presumed outcome of the 41 non-battleground states and Washington, D.C., Obama enters the final period banking on 237 electoral votes. Romney is assured of 191.

On the road to 270, the battleground states account for the final 110 electoral votes: Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina and Colorado.

Both Democrats and Republicans say internal campaign surveys following last week's debate show Romney cut into the lead Obama had built up in many key battleground states. But they say Obama still has an advantage in most of them.

A lack of independent polling makes it difficult to know whether that's true. Romney pulled ahead of Obama, 49 to 45 percent nationally, among likely voters in a Pew Research Center poll conducted after the debate.

TV-watching voters in the contested states continued to get inundated with negative ads from both sides.

"He doesn't have anything to run on so he's running all of these ads, outspending us here in Ohio trying to basically call us liars," Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told WTOL, a TV station in Toledo, Ohio.

Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden debate Thursday in Kentucky.

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Comments » 9

26yearsonmarco writes:

Let's start the Klaus/1P discussion based on this article.

After all, who is better at judging a Commander than those serving under him:

http://militarytimes.com/news/2012/10...

August8 writes:

Nothing Obama says has ever been true, he now calls Mitt Romney a lier.= Romney wins big !!!

20_Days writes:

The Klaus/1Lost team are now using the racist tactic in order to scare bloggers away from saying the truth.

1Paradiselost actually said she spoke with the Secret Service regarding the posts of several of us and that the secret service would be knocking at our doors.

I guess Rachel Madcow from MSNBC is now their prompter in chief.

Watch out they are warming up with another and then another 40 line rant.

RayPray writes:

in response to August8:

Nothing Obama says has ever been true, he now calls Mitt Romney a lier.= Romney wins big !!!

The GREAT OBAMA definitely won the debate over the evil Robot Romney.

Being great means you can never come in second in the debate.

The Great Obama is a credit bot to the Nobel Peace prize committee and affirmative action!

Anyone mistakenly thinking His Greatness lost to Robot Romney has just had that evil Sky-net mojo put on him.

The Great Obama & Kinnock Biden will triumph in all 57 states!!!

20_Days writes:

When is a gaffe a gaffe or when is it a Freudian slip?

"What I was suggesting -- you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith..." –in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who jumped in to correct Obama by saying "your Christian faith," which Obama quickly clarified, Sept. 7, 2008

26yearsonmarco writes:

This is powerful and forcefull…
CAME OUT 4 DAYS AGO AND HAS HAD 6 MILLION HITS
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY JUST CAME OUT 4 DAYS AGO AND HAS
HAD 6 MILLION HITS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=...

20_Days writes:

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20_Days writes:

Bull!!!

20_Days writes:

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