Obama Packages 2nd Term Proposals for Final Campaign Push

President Barack Obama, facing a tightening race against Republican Mitt Romney in the final two weeks of their contest, is undertaking a new effort to convince voters that he has a concrete second-term agenda to lower the unemployment rate and grow the economy.

With polls showing voters have responded positively to the five-point economic plan that Romney has been hammering on the stump, in advertisements and at the debates, Obama’s campaign is distributing 3.5 million copies of a 20-page booklet outlining the president’s proposals in conjunction with a direct mail campaign and a new 60-second broadcast ad.

While the proposals on issues from energy to education aren’t new -- Obama has been ticking them off in speeches throughout the year, including at the Democratic National Convention -- they are being repackaged to frame the president’s appeal for voters and adds a sense of urgency in the final days of the campaign.

Romney has repeatedly argued that Obama has focused on political attacks and not giving voters an agenda for a second term.

“Attacking me is not an agenda,” Romney said at their third and final debate last night in Boca Raton, Florida.

Obama, 51, and Romney, 65, are following up last night’s foreign policy debate with campaign appearances in four of the states that both campaigns say will decide the election. Obama reprised some of his themes from the debate during a rally in Delray Beach, Florida, before moving on to Ohio.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, makes his first stop in Nevada. He’s scheduled to be in Colorado tonight with his running mate, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan.

Obama cited the compilation of his proposals at the Florida event. “Compare my plan to Governor Romney’s,” Obama told the crowd. “See which plan is better for you.”

A television advertisement that’s part of the effort and will run in nine battleground states, including Virginia, Ohio and Florida.

To contact the reporters on this story: Julianna Goldman in Washington at jgoldman6@bloomberg.net; Margaret Talev in Boca Raton, Florida, at mtalev@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net

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