Just hours apart, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Gov. Mitt Romney campaigned in Dubuque on Saturday.
Congressional District 1 Candidate Ben Lange, Sen. Chuck Grassley and NASCAR driver Richard Petty got the crowd warmed up before Romney and his wife Ann arrived. Romney spoke to a crowd of about 3,000 people at the Dubuque Regional Airport. Romney urged his supporters to persuade their neighbors to vote for him Tuesday, promising that he can better manage the nation's economy.
The line of Obama supporters from eastern Iowa, western Wisconsin and Illinois stretched for blocks Saturday afternoon and snaked through downtown streets near Washington Park.
Mr. Obama's pre-show included John Mellencamp and actress Kate Walsh. He took the stage around 5:45 p.m., speaking to a crowd of more than 6,000 people. The president focused on the campaign message of moving forward, claiming Romney is "repackaging old ideas."
The duel visits to a city of 58,000 people show how hard both campaigns are trying to win Iowa's six electoral votes and those of neighboring Wisconsin.
This is the president's eleventh visit to Iowa this year and second to Dubuque. He spoke in the Port of Dubuque in August. Romney visited the city in June, where he spoke to supporters aboard the Spirit of Dubuque boat.
Romney, his running mate Paul Ryan, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have all campaigned in Dubuque in the last five months.
Saturday's visit comes just three days before the general election.
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