President Obama focuses on turnout, Mitt Romney on Pennsylvania (+videos)

By Julie Pace

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Nov. 4 2012 11:32 a.m. MST

Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning in Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, told a crowd of about 1,200 people that Romney and Ryan were trying to fool voters by claiming to be more moderate than they really are.

"These guys are trying to play a con game here at the end," Biden said.

But no one was working harder than the two men at the top of the ticket. In addition to Pennsylvania and Iowa, Romney planned events Sunday in Ohio and Virginia.

Obama had a full schedule, with campaign stops Sunday in New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio and Colorado. He caught a few hours of sleep back at the White House Saturday night before hitting the campaign trail again Sunday. When Marine One lifted off from the South Lawn Sunday morning, it was the last time Obama would see the executive mansion until after Election Day.

Even as he dashed from campaign stop to campaign stop, Obama was careful to avoid the perception he had taken his eye off recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. As Obama flew Sunday from Washington to New Hampshire, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president was getting regular updates and would have a full briefing from top officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who is in New Jersey on Sunday to view storm damage.

Former President Bill Clinton, who has joined Obama on the trail for the waning days of the race, called Obama's handling of the storm a clear example that the president has the right approach to fixing the nation's messes.

"It was a stunning example of 'we're all in this together' is a way better philosophy than 'you're on your own,'" Clinton said as he introduced Obama in Concord.

Both candidates were drawing large crowds as they dropped in and out of the most competitive states. Obama and Clinton drew 24,000 people to an outdoor rally in Bristow, Va., on a cold Saturday night. Romney's Friday night rally in Ohio drew more than 20,000 people.

The president's rallies are aimed at boosting Democratic enthusiasm and motivating as many supporters as possible to cast their votes, either in the final hours of early voting or on Tuesday, Election Day. Persuading undecided voters, now just a tiny sliver of the electorate in battleground states, has become a secondary priority.

Obama's campaign said it had registered 1.8 million voters in key battleground states, nearly double the number of voters they registered in 2008. Campaign officials said volunteers had made 125 million personal phone calls or door knocks with voters.

Associated Press writers Kasie Hunt in Englewood, Colo., Steve Peoples in Des Moines, Iowa, Matthew Daly in Lakewood, Ohio, and Josh Lederman in Washington contributed to this report.

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