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Mitt Romney's touchdown politics in lead up to the US election

Mitt Romney will campaign in three swing states on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

It's a strange form of campaigning. You touchdown at an airport, make a speech on a windy runway or in a cavernous hangar to your own supporters, then talk to the local television station, wave and leave.

That's what Mitt Romney is up to today; touchdown politics, political speed dating.

He's flying in and out of three states and not leaving the airport. They are three states he needs to win; New Hampshire, Iowa and Colorado. He's making what he calls his "closing argument" from the East Coast to the Mid West and the Rocky Mountains.

"Accomplishing real change", he tells every crowd, "is not something I just talk about - it is something I have done. And it is what I will do when I am president of the United States". This is Romney, former Chief Executive, applying for the biggest CEO job of all.

Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Etna, Ohio. Credit: Reuters

The other thing Romney is doing is Ohio. If he's sick of the Buckeye State, he doesn't show it. He's been here dozens of times in recent months, not because he loves it but because he needs its eighteen electoral votes. No Republican has ever won the White House without it and if he doesn't win here, his road to the Presidency is almost impossible.

So after his flypast from East to West he'll be back in Ohio tomorrow, this time in Cleveland for a rally.

Cleveland is a tough city. Campaigning there is part of the race for the rust belt; winning the votes of the old industrial workers, many of them now employed in the car industry that accounts for one in eight jobs in Ohio.

They used to be Republican voters - Reagan Democrats they were called after the former Republican President who first wooed them from the Democrats. In Ohio many of them prefer Obama now because he bailed out the car industry and helped them to keep their jobs. Romney is here to win them back.

President Barack Obama talks at a campaign event at Springfield High School in Ohio. Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

In reality though, he's in Ohio to win whoever he can, especially that rarest of creatures, the undecided voter.

One in three Ohioans vote early. Generally Obama wins more of the early voters and he is indeed ahead in the exit polling. So Romney's goose may already be cooked here. But he's hoping one final push, one tour of this country in a blizzard of touchdown politics may get him the touchdown he needs to win the game on Tuesday.

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