Obama, Romney Face Off in Dueling CNN Op-Eds

Obama cites Hurricane Sandy, Romney wants 'fiscal sanity'
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2012 8:19 AM CDT
Mitt Romney and President Obama after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

(Newser) – With just four days to go until the presidential election, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are squaring off one last time—in dueling op-eds on CNN's website. Of course, at this late stage, neither candidate is revolutionizing their campaigns, but it is one of their last chances to lay it all on the line. For Romney, that means adding 12 million jobs, "fiscal sanity," restoring slashed defense spending, and plenty of freedom. "We're all in this together. And together we can emerge from these troubles," Romney writes.

President Obama, on the other hand, uses the country's response to Hurricane Sandy to return to his old message from four years ago, that being American outweighs party differences. "There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm—only fellow Americans," Obama writes. While avoiding the words "George W. Bush," Obama does link Romney's approach to Bush's, calling it "the one we tried for eight years after President Clinton left office." "It's time to finish what we've started," writes Obama. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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