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Obama Urges College Kids to Register to Vote

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- President Obama made an urgent push to get out the vote in the key battleground state of Ohio Tuesday, urging 15,000 supporters to register before time ran out.

“Today is the last day you can register. Now, I know it’s easy to procrastinate in college. I procrastinated a lot,” the president jokingly told students at the Ohio State University. “You’ve got until 9 p.m. tonight. No extensions. No excuses. I know you guys are up at 9 p.m. As you get older, you start thinking about sleeping around 9 p.m., but you guys are just getting started.”

Both Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney campaigned in Ohio Tuesday as they compete for the state’s critical 18 electoral votes. No Republican has ever been elected president without winning Ohio. After his strong debate performance last week, Romney has ramped up his campaigning in the state.

“All right, Buckeyes. We need you. We need you fired up,” Obama said as he spoke alongside a giant “Vote Early” sign. “I need you voting. I need you fired up. I need you ready to go to vote because we’ve got some work to do. We’ve got an election to win. Everything that we fought for in 2008 is on the line in 2012. And I need your help to finish what we started.”

The president’s campaign has worked aggressively over the past three and a half years to boost its ground game in the Buckeye State.

“This is an inherent ground game advantage because we’ve been building relationships,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters traveling with the president. “We’ve been signing up grassroots leaders and organizing neighbor-to-neighbor programs. And ultimately we know it’s more than what the ads are that are on the airwaves. It’s more than the phone call that someone gets from the campaign staff to remind them to go and vote. It’s hearing from your neighbor … that it’s important to go vote, what the stakes are, and that’s always been a focus of our ground game.”

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In Second TV Ad, Perry Says He’s Not All Talk

Toni Sandys/The Washington Post(NEW YORK) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry will release his second television ad in Iowa Monday, in which he says he’s “a doer, not talker.”

“If you’re looking for a slick politician or a guy with great teleprompter skills, we already have that. He’s destroying our economy. I’m a doer not a talker,” Perry says in the 30-second ad, wearing a blue button-down shirt with no tie.

“In Texas, we created 40 percent of the new jobs in the entire country since June of 2009 and we cut a record $15 billion from our state budget,” he says. “And they say we can’t do that in Washington. Well, they’re wrong. They need to go.”

The details of the ad were first reported by the New York Times. It comes on the heels of Perry’s first ad, released Wednesday, which also touted his record creating jobs in Texas.

Over the weekend, Perry tied Newt Gingrich at 7 percent for fifth place in an Iowa poll sponsored by the Des Moines Register. The poll was conducted from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26, the day Perry’s ad began airing in the Hawkeye State.

Herman Cain topped the poll with 23 percent, followed by Mitt Romney at 22 percent. Despite a late entrance in the race, Perry has spent more time in Iowa this year than the two leading candidates. He will make his seventh trip to Iowa this Tuesday.

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