Obama’s endgame: Hard sell of record, ridicule of rival

‘Hope’ theme of 2008 is missing

  • President Obama waves to supporters upon his arrival in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, for a quick campaign stop before heading to Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)President Obama waves to supporters upon his arrival in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, for a quick campaign stop before heading to Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
  • President Obama salutes as he boards Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Obama is resuming his campaign with travel to the battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio today. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)President Obama salutes as he boards Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Obama is resuming his campaign with travel to the battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio today. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • President Obama smiles as supporters cheer at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, during a quick campaign stop before heading to Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn) President Obama smiles as supporters cheer at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, during a quick campaign stop before heading to Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
  • With Air Force One in the background, President Obama speaks to supporters during a campaign event on the apron at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Mr. Obama resumed his presidential campaign with travel to the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio today. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)With Air Force One in the background, President Obama speaks to supporters during a campaign event on the apron at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Mr. Obama resumed his presidential campaign with travel to the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio today. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • President Obama gestures while speaking at a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Mr. Obama resumed his presidential campaign with travel to the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio today. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)President Obama gestures while speaking at a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Mr. Obama resumed his presidential campaign with travel to the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio today. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • President Obama waves to supporters during a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Mr. Obama resumed his presidential campaign with travel to the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio today. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)President Obama waves to supporters during a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Mr. Obama resumed his presidential campaign with travel to the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio today. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • President Obama stops to greet a small child in a dragon costume during a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Mr. Obama resumed his presidential campaign with travel to the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio today. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)President Obama stops to greet a small child in a dragon costume during a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Mr. Obama resumed his presidential campaign with travel to the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio today. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • President Obama is handed a personal check made out to the American Red Cross from an unknown supporter during a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Mr. Obama resumed his presidential campaign with travel to the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio today. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)President Obama is handed a personal check made out to the American Red Cross from an unknown supporter during a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Mr. Obama resumed his presidential campaign with travel to the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio today. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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“Yes, we’ve been through tough times, but there’s no quit in America,” he said last week in Dayton, Ohio. “Our businesses have added more than 5 million new jobs over the past 2½ years. Manufacturing is growing faster than any time since the 1990s. Our unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since I took office. Home values are rising. The stock market has rebounded. Our assembly lines are humming again. Our heroes are coming home. We are moving forward.”

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