Ground game important in presidential race

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
October 17, 2012 3:20:07 PM PDT
With the presidential election less than three weeks away, both campaigns are burning up the road once again hitting battleground states including North Carolina.

Wednesday, Mitt Romney's oldest son, Tagg, was in Raleigh going door to door looking votes. Democrats were doing much of the same. In fact, one of the only things the campaigns seem to agree on right now is the importance of the ground war.

"I think there's a big difference between who's going to be president in the next four years," said Obama volunteer Cathryn Lamb.

Both sides say they want to get out the truth, but that often means sowing seeds of doubt about the other guy.

"We've released the real costs of the Romney-Ryan plan in North Carolina," said Tom Periello.

Periello runs the Washington D.C. think-tank called "Center for American Progress." He said Romney's promises don't add up.

"If you look at the inescapable math of the Romney-Ryan plan, you're looking at immediate higher out-of-pocket expenses for current seniors, current students and current middle class families and lower health benefits particularly for women and young people," said Periello.

While Periello said he's trying to clear the political fog, Tagg Romney says those claims just create more of it.

"We've got a plan we're putting forward," said Tagg Romney. "Lots of studies are out there saying the math does work."  

Ultimately, it's up to voters to sort it out for themselves.

More than 500,000 new voters have been registered this year. Broken down by party, Democrats have done best by netting nearly 200,000 new voters. Republicans registered just over 121,000 and almost 190,000 have registered as unaffiliated.

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