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Obama, Romney campaigns double down on Battleground Virginia

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With the election just two days away, this is crunch time for President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

President Barack Obama is introduced by former President Bill Clinton at a campaign event at Jiffy Lube Live, Saturday, in Bristow, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Both candidates are talking about building bridges, amid the search for last-minute votes.

"The fights we're fighting, they're not partisan," the president told an audience in Iowa. "I want to work together, I believe we're all Americans first, not Democrats and Republicans."

"I want you to reach across the street to the neighbor, who has that other sign in his front yard," Romney announced to a rally in Colorado.

"I'm going to reach across the aisle in Washington, DC to the politicians who are working for the other candidate."

Both men are logging thousands of frequent flier miles in their quest for the White House.

A spokesman says Mr. Obama flew roughly 1,500 miles on Saturday alone, aboard Air Force One.

Both campaigns are apparently feeling the miles.

"It's been long. It's been a long road," an emotional Ann Romney remarked to reporters over the weekend.

The candidates are criss-crossing Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nevada, Florida, Colorado, and of course, Battleground Virginia - all key battleground states.

At a Democratic rally in Bristow, Virginia Saturday, singer Dave Matthews encouraged those in attendance not to skip out on their civic duty.

"Remember to go out and vote, and vote the good way," Matthews said with a smile.

The Obama camp is also getting visible campaign support from Bill Clinton.

The former chief executive told Virginia Democrats, "I want to vote for the president who's been a good commander in chief, and a good decider in chief."

The president and former president continued to appear together at rallies in New Hampshire Sunday.

Mr. Obama, likened his economic plans to the surpluses of the Clinton years.

"President Clinton's economic plan asked the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more, so we could reduce our deficit and invest in the skills and the ideas of our people," he said.

In Fairfax, Governor Bob McDonnell, and two of Mitt Romney's sons, rallied GOP voters Sunday.

"Last night we changed our clocks," McDonnell said. "Tuesday, we'll change our president."

But McDonnell wasn't the only one noting the time change over the weekend.

At a rally in Ohio, Vice-President Joe Biden fired off a now-familiar campaign theme.

"This is Mitt Romney's favorite time of year, favorite day," Biden said. "Because he officially gets to turn back the clock."

Romney himself, in Iowa, warned in a serious tone, about the fallout from an Obama re-election.

"It means continued crippling unemployment, it means stagnant take home pay, it means depressed home values," he said.

The popular vote is now considered a dead heat between the president and Gov. Romney.

Most polls putting Mr. Obama just one point ahead of romney, 48 to 47 percent.

Romney supporters say they're confident of beating the Obama campaign in the key swing state of Florida.

"For them to go down there and spend more money, there is a little bit like Barack Obama's government right now," says Romney Campaign Political Director Rich Beeson.

"They just want to throw money at the problem, and hope it fixes it," he adds.

The Obama campaign says it's holding Pennsylvania, and is in a position to win Ohio.

"There's going to be a lot of people going back to Ohio in the next 96 hours," says Chicago Mayor and former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

"They'll go to Pennsylvania. That doesn't mean it's slipping. It just means the natural tightening of the race."

The goal for each campaign is 270 electoral votes.

Ohio is considered a pivotal state. No Republican has won the White House without the Buckeye vote.

There are 83 electoral votes up for grabs in the all important swing states, including Battleground Virginia.

How important is the Old Dominion in this election?

One political strategist says a one-percent shift in any demographic in the state will make the difference in who wins the White House.

It's a tight race, in which every vote will count.

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