Clinton joins Obama for final campaign push in NH

Associated Press Modified: November 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm •  Published: November 4, 2012
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — President Barack Obama made his last appeal to voters in swing-state New Hampshire on Sunday, telling them that rival Mitt Romney stands for surrender rather than real change.

Two days before the election, Obama and former President Bill Clinton spoke to a crowd estimated at 14,000 behind the Statehouse, kicking off a frenzied push to mobilize voters in battleground states. With recent polls showing more voters trust Republican rival Romney to break up gridlock in Congress, Obama said he's willing to work across party lines to end Washington's stalemate. But he said he won't give up key Democratic measures like college financial aid or health care.

"That's not a deal I'm willing to take. That's not a price I'm willing to pay. That's not bipartisanship, and it's certainly not change," he said. "That is surrender to the same status quo that has squeezed the middle class families for way too long. And New Hampshire, I'm here today because I'm not ready to give up on the fight."

The visit, Obama's fourth since Labor Day, was bookended by Romney rallies Saturday in Portsmouth and Monday night in Manchester, where he'll be joined by singer Kid Rock.

"He's bringing along a rock star," Democratic Gov. John Lynch said Sunday while introducing Clinton. "Would you rather see Kid Rock or The Comeback Kid?"

It was a reference to one of Clinton's most memorable New Hampshire moments. Six days before the 1992 primary, then-Gov. Clinton spoke in hoarse voice, telling an audience in Dover that he would be with them "until the last dog dies." The speech marked a turning point in his stumbling campaign, and he later dubbed himself the "Comeback Kid" after finishing second in the primary to Paul Tsongas.

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