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Romney takes 'closing argument' to battleground Ohio

 

PATASKALA, OH -- Mitt Romney took his campaign's "closing argument" for a test drive in a Columbus, Ohio suburb on Friday, pledging bipartisan work toward "real change," and accusing President Barack Obama of failing to keep his promises.

"So this is a president who has promised a lot of things, but his record is very different than the promises," Romney said, abandoning the teleprompter he used during the speech -- but echoing the prepared remarks -- he delivered this morning in Wisconsin.

"Instead of building the bridges that we needed in America, he built a broader and broader divide. And I have a very different approach. I recognize that this president is again making new promises, and these are promises he can't keep, just like the last ones, because he says he's going to keep us on the same path we're on," Romney continued.

The closing argument, heavy on criticism of Obama's record and still wrapped largely around Romney's five-point plan for fixing the economy, also attempts to drive home the image of Romney as the "change" candidate this cycle.

“Accomplishing change is not just something I talk about, it is something I have actually done," Romney told a few thousand supporters gathered on a factory floor here, going on to cite his experiencing launching a business and turning around another as examples.

The Obama campaign brushed off Romney's claims of bringing about real change as simply "not true," arguing in a statement from spokesperson Lis Smith that Romney's version of change was to "bring back the failed policies of the past that crashed the economy and punished the middle class in the first place.

Romney will make one final campaign stop today at a rally outside Cincinnati, where he is expected to draw upwards of 10,000 supporters to an event where he'll be joined by 100 Republican leaders, who will then fan out across the state and the country on behalf of the Republican ticket.

Romney noted the importance of the Buckeye state, telling his audience they were "probably going to decide the next President of the United States." He made no mention, though, of the auto industry bailout nor his campaign's recent controversial ads about Jeep. Obama, also campaigning Friday in Ohio, used those points to pummel Romney on the stump.