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What Both Presidential Campaigns Are Counting On To Win

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With the election just four days away, we wanted to find out what President Obama and Mitt Romney need to do to connect with voters and win Tuesday.

I asked two local political science professors that very question for this weekend's show of Face the State.

Lets begins with the GOP.

Eric Herzik, a political science professor at the University of Nevada said Mitt Romney must separate himself from the Bush era and make a good case for ways to create jobs and hope he has built trust with voters.

"Do you trust the Republican prescription or is it as the Democrats said, 'these are the old ways that got us in trouble in the first place.' He's got to sell it to you."

There are a few areas Obama's campaign advisers hope voters side with him.

Fred Lokken is a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College.

He said the president has to hope Americans feel he has done enough to keep them safe.

For instance, the killing of Osama bin Laden. Also, he said the president needs to make it clear he helped the automobile industry and just overall, persuade voters his plan for economic recovery is indeed working.

"There were articles, just two weeks ago that say it looks like we've finally moved into a normal recession phase and the numbers tend to support that."

I asked Lokken, other than the economy, what does he believe is the number two issue that voters might have on their minds when they go to the polls and they consider re-electing President Obama or say no go to another four years.

"The role of government in our lives and the notion of taxation, who carries the burden of cost and the revenue stream that government needs. I see them all as philosophical issues."

To watch the pre-election show, Face the State airs right here on Channel 2 Saturday at 4:30 in the morning, 4:30pm and 8:30 in the evening.

It also airs Sunday at 3:30 in the morning and 6:30 in the morning.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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