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Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is continuing to promote himself as a force for change as he engages in a frenetic last minute push to win over battleground states.

On the day that both candidates put their own positive spin on October job figures it was the economy and President Barack Obama’s record which drew his attack.

“The debt ceiling is going to come up again and shut down and default will be threatened, chilling the economy. The president was right the other day when he said he couldn’t change Washington from the inside – we are going to take him at his word and give him a chance to be outside Washington soon.” Romney was speaking in West Chester Ohio.

Like Romney, Obama was in Ohio too – with 20 electoral college votes up for grabs it’s seen as the most critical state of all. It’s also where one in eight jobs is related to auto manufacturing and Obama’s federal rescue plan for the industry has been very popular.

“I understand Governor Romney has had a tough time here in Ohio because he was against saving the auto industry. And it’s hard to run away from a position when you are on video tape saying “ let Detroit go bankrupt” – this isn’t a game, these are people’s jobs at stake these are people’s lives,” said President Obama speaking in Lima Ohio.

The frenzied campaigning of swing states is set to continue over the weekend but other key groups are not being forgotten. Obama is relying on a predicted 70 per cent support rate among Hispanic voters.

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