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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Look
In a boastful floor speech in 1868, Sen. James Henry Hammond, South Carolina Democrat, warned hostile Northern colleagues of his region's economic prowess. "Look at her," Hammond said of the South. "Eight hundred and fifty thousand square miles. As large as Great Britain, France, Austria, Prussia and Spain combined!" The South was "territory enough to make an empire ... that might rule the world."
Leaving behind the string of presidential debates that have put his re-election bid in doubt, President Obama embarked Tuesday on a blitz of battleground states in the final two weeks of the campaign, promoting an economic plan for a second term and portraying Republican rival Mitt Romney as unpatriotic and unprepared to lead.
Mitt Romney said Tuesday the debates have "supercharged" his supporters and left President Obama's campaign "taking on water" as he traveled out west, seeking to shore up his support in several states before returning to the eastern battlegrounds.
Joe Flacco withstood Pittsburgh's goal-line stand and go-ahead touchdown in the closing minutes to throw an 18-yard scoring pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh with 32 seconds remaining, and the Baltimore Ravens made certain the Steelers wouldn't go unbeaten without Ben Roethlisberger by winning 17-14 Sunday.