CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama embarked Saturday on a four-day swing through battleground states and the storm-battered Gulf Coast in the lead-up to next week’s Democratic national convention as he seeks to blunt any momentum picked up by Republican rival Mitt Romney.
Obama was ready to promise better days even for those who do not feel better off even as Romney, looking to capitalize on a newly energized Republican Party fresh from its convention in Tampa, Florida, said: “We love this country and we’re taking it back.”
As Democrats began streaming to Charlotte, North Carolina, for their convention, Obama was returning to Iowa on Saturday. For his part, Romney was holding a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, before joining running mate Paul Ryan later in the day in Jacksonville, Florida.
Both campaigns were crisscrossing the country as the race entered September, each day adding to the sense of urgency…
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