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President Obama makes final campaign pitch to Madison supporters

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U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in Madison, Wisconsin November 5, 2012, on his last day of campaigning. Credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing
U.S. Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney attends a campaign rally in Lynchburg, Virginia, November 5, 2012. 
Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young
U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in Madison, Wisconsin November 5, 2012, on his last day of campaigning. Credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - President Obama said in Madison Monday that America is stronger when everyone can count on health insurance, Social Security, and Medicare.

And he told about 18,000 of his supporters that the powerful interests backed by Republicans are counting on them to be so tired of the campaign that they’ll stay home Tuesday.

The Democrat Obama told the crowd, “Their bets on cynicism – well, Wisconsin, my bet’s on you.”

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen sang four numbers as he introduced the president. And “The Boss” joked that Obama’s first debate with Republican Mitt Romney, “really freaked me out.” That was the debate that even his supporters said he lost because he wasn’t aggressive enough in challenging Romney – something he turned around in his last two debates.

Meanwhile, in Virginia Monday, Romney said he could more to lift the nation out of the hard economic times that dominated Obama’s term. In Romney’s words, “This nation is going to begin to change for the better tomorrow.”

Romney’s running mate, Janesville’s Paul Ryan, is campaigning in 5 states Monday. The last in Wisconsin, where he has a late night rally planned at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport. 

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