WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney are barnstorming across battleground states in their quest for the White House, but on Friday the two will find themselves in the same small corner of America.
A day after Obama officially accepts his Democratic Party’s nomination on Thursday, he and Vice President Joe Biden will head to Portsmouth, New Hampshire for a campaign event, the White House said.
Romney, who is currently hunkered down in neighboring Vermont practicing for his three debates with Obama in October, will travel to nearby Nashua for a rally on Friday, according to his campaign, leaving the candidates barely 40 miles (65 kilometers) from one another as they stump for New Hampshire votes.
The Granite State is the smallest of 10 crucial battlegrounds of the November 6 election, with just four of the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.
With polls showing the race neck-and-neck, neither Obama nor Romney is willing to cede ground in any of the swing states.
Obama won New Hampshire by nearly 10 points in 2008, but it’s a closer race this year, with a Real Clear Politics average of polls showing Obama ahead of Romney by 3.5 percentage points in the state.
Romney, a multimillionaire former investor, has a few advantages among New Hampshire voters, some 40 percent of whom are reportedly listed as independent: he was governor of neighboring Massachusetts, and he has a vacation home on the shores of New Hampshire’s popular Lake Winnipesaukee.
Both candidates have already visited the state — whose fiercely independent motto is “Live Free or Die” — several times this year.
Obama campaigned there most recently on August 18, while Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan held a town hall-style campaign event in the state two days later.
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019