2012 Election
1:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Presidential candidates plan weekend stops in Iowa

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney return to Iowa Saturday for rallies.

The last-minute campaign stops in Iowa come as a Real Clear Politics average of presidential polls shows the candidates are tied. Their Iowa average, which takes in to account the results of five polls, has President Obama with a two-point lead.

Robert Gibbs, senior adviser to Mr. Obama’s campaign, says the President will spend the last few days before the election focusing on jobs and the economy. "Let’s double our manufacturing jobs, let’s bring those jobs back from overseas, we’ve seen the first manufacturing job growth in 20 years in the United States, let’s increase our exports, let’s make sure we have the best trained workforce and invest in math and science education."

Russ Schriefer, senior adviser for Governor Romney’s campaign, says the campaign will focus on Romney as the “change” candidate.  "It is a close race, as we always thought it would be, we have lots of states that are in play, and more importantly we have an incumbent president who is stuck well below the 50 percent threshold in almost every mark you can take, whether it’s the national polls or whether it’s a state poll."

Friday is the last day in Iowa to request that an early voting ballot be mailed to you. Monday is the last day to vote early in-person at a county auditor’s office.

More information is available at www.sos.iowa.gov.