THE CANDIDATES: With a tear running down his face on a frigid election eve in Des Moines, President Obama offered a crowd of 20,000 Iowans this simple advice last night: "Bet on hope."
Obama returned to the state that launched him on a path to the White House four years ago for his final campaign rally as a presidential candidate, telling supporters, "To all of you who have lived and breathed the hard work of change, I want to thank you. You took this campaign and you made it your own." http://abcn.ws/ROTJ3z
He ended on Monday night by recounting the story of the South Carolina woman who came up with the slogan that became synonymous with his campaign: "Fired up, ready to go."
"That shows you what one voice can do," Obama said. "One voice can change a room. And if it can change a room, it can change a city. And if it can change a city, it can change a state. And if it can change a state, it can change a nation. And if it can change a nation, it can change a world."
About a 1,000 miles away, in Manchester, N.H., Republican challenger Mitt Romney ended his campaign in an equally symbolic place -- the very state where he announced his presidential bid in June 2011. http://abcn.ws/Tt9Rra