In speech after speech, Obama asks for more time

Associated Press
In the final hours of a four-state campaign day, President Barack Obama speaks at a rally at Jiffy Lube Live arena, late Saturday night, Nov. 3, 2012, in Bristow, Va. Virginia is one of the most closely contested battleground states.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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In the final hours of a four-state campaign day, President Barack Obama speaks at a rally at Jiffy Lube Live arena, late Saturday night, Nov. 3, 2012, in Bristow, Va. Virginia is one of the most closely contested battleground states. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — In the final days of his last campaign, President Barack Obama is asking crowds to let him finish what he started.

He says the nation has been bruised by recession and war but remains resilient and is coming back.

Most voters may only see snippets of Obama's speeches on television. But for the masses who cram into high school gyms, his message is one of choice and contrast, of tough decisions made and promises kept. At stake, he says, is a fight for the middle class.

So he cajoles his audience into action. He needles rival Mitt Romney with biting mockery. And he reminds voters about the past and where he wants to take them.

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