Romney adopts 'big change' mantra


Mitt Romney adopted the mantra that fuelled his opponent's victory four year ago, casting himself as the candidate of "big change" last night in Ohio as he began to outline a closing argument in the state that could decide the race.

On the same day, US president Barack Obama wrapped up a sleep-deprived two-day, eight-state jaunt by pressing supporters to exploit early voting in swing states as a bulwark against the possibility of a surge by Romney, travelling to Illinois to cast his own ballot 12 days before election day.

It was a day of deeply contrasting messages that hinted at the moods and strategies inside both campaigns: Mr Romney sought to keep projecting the air of a winner, focused on an ambitious agenda of reform, while Mr Obama emphasised the gritty mechanics of shoring up his electoral turnout.

Mr Romney, who is essentially deadlocked with Mr Obama in many national polls and has narrowed the president's advantage in some swing-state polls, started a three-city bus tour by borrowing a message of change long identified with Mr Obama's 2008 campaign.

The Republican candidate promised to "tackle the problems politicians have spoken about for years but haven't been willing to deal with."

"It's time for a big change, and Paul Ryan and I represent a big change for America," Mr Romney said after rolling into an afternoon rally in Ohio.

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