(Image source: Rolling Stone)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

President Obama and Mitt Romney’s campaigns are headed into their final weekend of campaigning before the election.

Though they lost a little stump time this week to Hurricane Sandy, both men are back on the trail to make their final pitch.

VIA SKY NEWS: “...they're both heading for the same place: the key swing state of Ohio. President Obama will go to Columbus while his Republican rival starts in West Chester.”

But analysts say the final week was a good one for President Obama in particular. There was his response to Hurricane Sandy:

VIA CBC: “He was visibly in charge, the entire time, touring damage, promising to expedite federal aid money...”

During which there was the much-talked about praise he got from New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie — who HAD BEEN an outspoken critic of the president prior to the storm.

CHRISTIE, VIA CNN: “I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and the people of our state and heard it on the phone conversations with him but I was able to witness it today personally.”

Throw in a few high-profile endorsements:

COLIN POWELL, VIA CBS: “Generally, we’ve come out of the dive and we’ve started to gain altitude. … I think we ought to keep on the track that we’re on.”

VIA PBS: “New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surprised the political world today by endorsing President Obama for re-election.”

And capping off the week, Friday’s employment report, the last to be released before the election.

WWMT: “U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October. But the unemployment rate ticked up one tenth of a percentage point to 7.9 percent.”

That 171,000 jobs added is more than analysts expected, but as National Journal’s Catherine Hollander points out:

“The report is mixed enough, however, that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney doesn’t have to sing a new tune... The labor market continues to show stagnation...”

In fact the Romney campaign said in a statement, Today’s increase in the unemployment rate is a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill.”

Despite all that, though, The New Yorker’s John Cassidy says it doesn’t look like much has changed in the last week — with President Obama keeping his electoral college advantage.

And with polls from Rasmussen, Reuters and The Washington Post showing polls reflecting the same very close race polls showed before Sandy.

Romney will hold a big rally Friday night in Ohio, Colorado Saturday, Pennsylvania Sunday, and New Hampshire on Monday.

President Obama is expected to hit four battleground states on Saturday, Florida on Sunday, and a three-stop tour through the Midwest Monday.

Obama, Romney Head Into Final Weekend of Campaigning

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Nov 2, 2012

Obama, Romney Head Into Final Weekend of Campaigning

(Image source: Rolling Stone)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

President Obama and Mitt Romney’s campaigns are headed into their final weekend of campaigning before the election.

Though they lost a little stump time this week to Hurricane Sandy, both men are back on the trail to make their final pitch.

VIA SKY NEWS: “...they're both heading for the same place: the key swing state of Ohio. President Obama will go to Columbus while his Republican rival starts in West Chester.”

But analysts say the final week was a good one for President Obama in particular. There was his response to Hurricane Sandy:

VIA CBC: “He was visibly in charge, the entire time, touring damage, promising to expedite federal aid money...”

During which there was the much-talked about praise he got from New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie — who HAD BEEN an outspoken critic of the president prior to the storm.

CHRISTIE, VIA CNN: “I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and the people of our state and heard it on the phone conversations with him but I was able to witness it today personally.”

Throw in a few high-profile endorsements:

COLIN POWELL, VIA CBS: “Generally, we’ve come out of the dive and we’ve started to gain altitude. … I think we ought to keep on the track that we’re on.”

VIA PBS: “New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surprised the political world today by endorsing President Obama for re-election.”

And capping off the week, Friday’s employment report, the last to be released before the election.

WWMT: “U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October. But the unemployment rate ticked up one tenth of a percentage point to 7.9 percent.”

That 171,000 jobs added is more than analysts expected, but as National Journal’s Catherine Hollander points out:

“The report is mixed enough, however, that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney doesn’t have to sing a new tune... The labor market continues to show stagnation...”

In fact the Romney campaign said in a statement, Today’s increase in the unemployment rate is a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill.”

Despite all that, though, The New Yorker’s John Cassidy says it doesn’t look like much has changed in the last week — with President Obama keeping his electoral college advantage.

And with polls from Rasmussen, Reuters and The Washington Post showing polls reflecting the same very close race polls showed before Sandy.

Romney will hold a big rally Friday night in Ohio, Colorado Saturday, Pennsylvania Sunday, and New Hampshire on Monday.

President Obama is expected to hit four battleground states on Saturday, Florida on Sunday, and a three-stop tour through the Midwest Monday.

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