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Romney Tells Roanokers 'Five More Days'

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10:52 a.m.

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney says the Obama campaign has been playing games with his last and first names, so he has a better idea of what their campaign slogan should be.

Instead of "forward," Romney suggested during his speech in east Roanoke County on Thursday that it should say "forewarned."

Romney also told the crowd that instead of "four more years," it's "five more days," referencing the time until Election Day.

The Republican candidate praised the owners of Integrity Windows and Doors for being able to maintain their business and keep people employed during the housing downturn.

Romney once again mentioned his economic plan's five key points to help create what he believes would be 12 million jobs.

The candidate also said now is not the time for political bickering, but a time to reach across the aisle and get things done. Romney promised to do so with "good Democrats."

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9:44 a.m.

Just five days out from election day, the race for the White House turns into an all out sprint. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney are trying to reach as many voters in as many critical swing states as possible.

This morning, Romney will make three stops here in the Commonwealth, starting with Roanoke County. His campaign has a stage set up at Integrity Windows. He's expected to speak at 10 a.m. Before his appearance, Ricky Skaggs entertained the crowd, and Virginia Republicans Bob Goodlatte and Morgan Griffith spoke.

Hurricane Sandy has interrupted campaigning for both Presidential candidates. The Romney campaign realizes this is still a somewhat delicate time. They are encouraging folks coming to the rally this morning to bring some kind of donation for storm relief efforts, which they'll then send to the impacted areas.

During a conference call yesterday, senior Romney campaign officials said they believe they have an intensity advantage over the Democrats. They say their base is more energized for this election, and they plan to spend these last few days making sure the energy stays high and that they're reaching out to independent voters. The main message you'll hear Romney deliver, they say, is that the country cannot afford four more years of President Obama's policies.

Both candidates, all their advisors, and all the political experts have been saying since day one of the campaign that Virginia is one of the two or three big battleground states. The experts have said the race is very close. Five days from election Tuesday, they're turning out to be exactly right.

Three new statewide polls have come out this week: one of them says Romney's ahead, one of them says Obama is ahead, and third one says it's a tie. Real Clear Politics, which averages out those polling numbers, says Romney has about a 0.2 percent advantage right now.

During a conference call yesterday with some of Romney's senior campaign officials, they say they're in a very, very good position right now, both nationally and in Virginia. They say there's been high absentee ballot turnout in counties that John McCain won back in 2008. They were also touting how they've been polling with independent voters in Virginia. In a CBS/New York Times poll that came out yesterday, Romney has a 57 to 36 percent lead over Obama with independents.

At this point, neither party is taking anything for granted. President Obama will be in Northern Virginia this weekend, and his campaign has confirmed that Bill Clinton will be in Roanoke on Saturday.