Heat is on in final full day of US presidential campaign

Heat is on in final full day of US presidential campaign
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One full day of campaigning left and polls show the race for the White House is an absolute dead heat. The presidential contenders have been campaigning in key swing states scouring for vital votes ahead of Tuesday’s election. At a rally in Tampa, Florida, President George W. Bush sought to reassure voters his stand against terrorism was working: “Al Qaeda no longer controls territory like it did in Afghanistan. We have shut down its camps, we are systematically destroying the al Qaeda network across the world. More than three quarters of al Qaeda’s key members and associates have been brought to justice.”

Like Bush, Democrat Senator John Kerry campaigned in the battlegrounds of Ohio and Florida on Sunday. Analysts say he needs to win at least two big toss-up states to have a realistic shot at the White House. He also crammed a visit to swing state New Hampshire: “All of the world is waiting for this country to find the path and to see the nation that they know and love. The country that lifts people up, not bullies. The country that understands how to lead by its moral strength and by its reasoning, not by ideological rigidity and by misleading,” said Kerry. Kerry is to end his campaigning today in Michigan, Wisconsin, and back in Ohio.

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