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Romney: Election outcome will be defining for American families

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday.


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Mitt Romney continued Wednesday night to lay out what appears to be his campaign's closing argument, describing this election as a defining one not just for the country, but for individual families.

"This is a defining election – defining for the nation but also defining for your family," Romney told a crowd of some 2,300 supporters gathered in an airplane hangar here. "I say that because it will make a difference, this election will. A difference for the nation, a difference for the families of the nation and a difference for your own family."

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Romney then laid out his case against President Barack Obama in terms of how families might be affected by a second Obama term – a rhetorical tactic he began earlier in Reno earlier in the day. The former Massachusetts governor said Obamacare would result in medical providers refusing Medicare to seniors, wages would stagnate and children would attend failing schools – courtesy, he said, of Obama’s union allies.

"You see the teachers union is there, but the PTA doesn't have a union, and parents don't have unions and kids don't have unions," Romney said. "When I'm elected president we're going to make sure we have a voice for the kids of America and their parents and the teachers."

Later, Romney wove those narratives together to make a case for why this election is so important.

"It matters to those seniors that want good health care. It matters to those in their 40s and 50s and 60s that are earning money for their retirement or for their families," Romney said. "It matters for kids coming out of school looking for a job. It matters for young kids that want to have the best education possible."

Despite most public polls showing the president leading Romney in Iowa and other Midwestern battleground states where the election may hinge, an optimistic Romney again claimed momentum coming off the three presidential debates and declared flatly of the election overall: "We are going to win, by the way." 

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In the final push in the 2012 presidential election, candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama make their last appeals to voters.