ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Presidential politics reignited in the wake of natural disaster today, with the candidates beginning their full-throttle closing arguments with new vigor on the same pocketbook concerns that have dominated the campaign from the start.
President Barack Obama, Republican rival Mitt Romney, their wives and running mates were blitzing across the country in the busiest day of campaign events yet. The six principals were hitting seven swing states that will help determine on Tuesday which man will occupy the White House for the next four years.
After avoiding criticism of Obama by name for a full day after Superstorm Sandy, Romney aides said today it was game on. That was evident as Romney opened a new criticism of Obama's suggestion that he would create a secretary of business.
"We don't need a secretary of business to understand business, we need a president who understands business, and I do," he said in Roanoke, Va. Romney's crowd seemed as charged as he was, interrupting with frequent whoops of applause and chants of "Five more days!"
Obama also focused on the economy, arguing that Romney is not the agent of change he is trying to portray himself as and asking for four more years to complete his work.