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Craig Romney Campaigns for Father in Northern Nevada

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Mitt Romney's son Craig is hitting the campaign trail in northern Nevada for his dad.

Craig Romney's tour on the Romney-Ryan campaign bus Tuesday includes meet-and-greets in Fernley and Fallon. He'll be appearing at rallies in Gardnerville and Reno later in the afternoon.

Craig Romney's last stop in Nevada was September 28, when he visited to open the campaign's new east Las Vegas office.

He's also served as his father's Spanish-language spokesman on TV commercials. 

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney says he's scratching his head over President Obama's focus on Big Bird.

The president is featuring the "Sesame Street" star in a new campaign ad mocking Romney's vow to end federal funding for public broadcasting.

Campaigning in Iowa Tuesday, Romney said "you have to scratch your head when the president spends the last week talking about saving Big Bird." The Republican presidential nominee said Obama's focus should be on saving the American people and family farms.

Romney addressed more than 1,000 supporters gathered on a corn field in Van Meter, a small town near Des Moines.

The Big Bird discussion follows Romney's saying in the debate last week that he would seek to end funding for public broadcasting.

President Obama's campaign is banking on a massive get-out-the-vote operation to help maintain its apparent polling edge in battlegrounds from Ohio to Virginia.

Obama told donors in San Francisco Monday that it's time to get "almost obsessive" in their efforts to lobby friends and relatives.

The presidential battleground map is as compact as it's been in decades in the hunt for the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory. That means just a fraction of Americans will determine the outcome of the race for the White House.

The candidates are concentrating on nine of the 50 states: Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.

Some 93% of the $746 million spent so far on campaign ads has poured into those states, which include less than a quarter of the nation's voters.  (AP)

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