Obama, Romney Sharpen Attacks ahead of Debates

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This is the last full week of campaigning before the presidential debates begin, and both candidates are stepping up their attacks.

Speaking at a campaign event in Denver Sunday, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney vowed that as president he would breathe life back into the nation's ailing economy.

"It's very clear that we can't afford four more years like the last four years," Romney said Sunday. "That's why we're going to get change finally in Washington that the people of America deserve."

President Obama, meanwhile, criticized Romney, saying he believed in "top-down economics."

"My opponent, he believes in top-down economics, thinks that if you spend another $5 trillion on a tax cut skewed toward the wealthy that prosperity will rain down on everybody else," the president said at a campaign event in Milwaukee.

"Now, the problem, of course, is we just tried this," he continued. "We tried it during the last decade. It didn't work then. Top-down economics never works."

National polls show the race for the White House is tight.

But a new bipartisan survey finds that among rural voters, the president's support is plunging. Fifty-four percent of those polled favor Romney, while only 40 percent said they support Obama.

According to national polls, the president still has a slight lead in battleground states.

But the Romney campaign said they're not worried. They plan to step up efforts in those states this week. Their first stop is Ohio, where Romney will talk about the economy and helping the middle class.
    
Obama's campaign plans to make an impact on Ohio voters as well.
    
There expected to release a new TV ad attacking Romney for saying 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the government and view themselves as victims.

"Doesn't the president have to worry about everyone?" the new ad says.
   
Meanwhile, the sprint to Election Day is only going to get more intense. Absentee ballots are already available in Wisconsin, and there's some form of early voting in all of the seven battleground states.

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