5:30PM EDT October 23. 2012 - Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan launched their final sprint to Election Day in Nevada, urging voters Tuesday in the key swing state to cast their ballots early and jabbing President Obama’s handling of the economy.
A day after the final presidential debate, Romney slammed Obama’s bid for a second term as a “status quo candidacy” and argued at a suburban Las Vegas rally that his own White House bid is gaining steam.
“Attacks on me are not an agenda,” Romney said as he repeated a line he used against Obama on Monday night in their foreign policy debate. “We haven’t heard an agenda. … His campaign is taking on water, and our campaign is full speed ahead.”
Nevada is one of nine or 10 states where the election will be decided, and nowhere is the economic challenge as stark. The jobless rate in the Silver State is 11.8%, well above the national unemployment rate of 7.8%, and homes in many neighborhoods stand empty because of foreclosures.