Virginia could be pivotal in deciding who will win Tuesday’s presidential election, and that fact is not lost on the candidates.
Mitt Romney worked to energize his base Monday afternoon with a stop in the conservative stronghold of Lynchburg.
With so little time left to campaign, Mitt Romney's making the most of his final day before the election by holding campaign events at airports.
His flight path included a stop in our area.
Romney greeted the crowd at Lynchburg Regional Airport’s Virginia Aviation by saying "What a welcome. Thank you Lynchburg!"
From a stage set up on a runway tarmac, Romney presented himself as a candidate of change.
"President Obama promised change, but he couldn't deliver it. I not only promise change, I have a record of achieving it."
Romney also questioned his opponent's priorities.
"He was going to focus on creating jobs. Instead he focused on creating Obamacare, and that kills jobs,” the former Massachusetts governor said.
Romney also accused the President of refusing to work with Republicans.
"Instead of bridging the divide between the parties, he's made it wider,” Romney said.
The Republican candidate says he can't improve things overnight.
"When I'm elected, the economy and American jobs are likely to still be very stagnant,” Romney said.
His plan for jump-starting the economy is to create more energy sources at home, increase trade with Latin America, and go after China for manipulating its currency.
"I know how to change the nation. How to get it back on course. How to create jobs,” Romney said.
An estimated crowd of 6,500 showed up to hear Romney. He left them with a closing argument and a request.
"I need your vote. I need work. Walk with me and tomorrow we'll begin a new tomorrow,” Romney said.
Along with Virginia, Romney also held airport rallies in Ohio and Florida on Monday. He needs to rally supporters in those swing states, because polls remain close in all three.Republican Senate candidate George Allen warmed up the crowd. He said he will be Virginia’s senator. Allen is in a tight race against Democrat Tim Kaine.