ALLOUEZ — The countdown to Election Day is now measured in hours instead of days or weeks or months. Presidential campaigns, candidates and other politicians are now crisscrossing the country, making final swings through important swing states.
And if recent campaign stops in the Badger State are any indication how important the state is, you won't be surprised the presidential campaigns, again, didn't shy away.
“The Boss,” music artist Bruce Springsteen, pumped up thousands of people in downtown Madison Monday. That was before the other boss, President Barack Obama, took to the stage, urging the importance of Wisconsin votes on Election Day.
"Now's the time to keep pushing forward!” said President Obama. “To educate all our kids and train all our workers. Create new jobs, bring our troops home, care for our veterans, broaden opportunity, grow our middle class [and] restore our democracy."
And it wasn’t just Democrats that were saying Wisconsin votes will be some of the most important cast Tuesday. Republicans were doing the same.
Stumping in Lynchburg, Va. Monday morning, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney quoted a common line now used in at Republican presidential campaign events.
"I'm not just going to take office on January 20, I’m going to take responsibility," said the former Massachusetts governor.
Big name Republicans, like U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, touted similar – if not identical – party lines in Allouez Monday morning.
“[Mitt Romney’s] not only going to take office,” said Johnson, “He's going to take responsibility."
Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told supporters that President Obama's promises of change have failed.
"He hasn't kept his promises to the American people. He promised he was going to change the partisan tone in Washington, D.C.," said Jindal after the event. "Instead he forced through very partisan stimulus bill, a very partisan healthcare bill without working with the other side.”
Jindal, Johnson and other Republicans spent the rest of the day touring the Fox Valley.
After the Madison rally, the president flew to Ohio for an afternoon event.
On the Republican side, Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan will be in the state Monday evening.
The Wisconsin Congressman will make a campaign stop at General Mitchell airport in Milwaukee.
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