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Two days before Election Day, Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit to foot soldiers serving on the front lines of the 2012 campaign: suburban Colorado. Early voting had been under way in the Western battleground for weeks; the Obama team was counting on a volunteer army to deliver the state.
The polls in the race's final weeks had careened back and forth between razor-thin Obama and Romney leads. But Biden told the volunteers he wasn't worried - and they were the reason: "The ground operation which you guys represent is the best in the history of presidential politics."
"I'm telling you, it's this way in Virginia, it's this way in Florida. ... And I think that the one thing that is going to fundamentally make the difference is you guys - for real," Biden said. "I'm not just trying to be nice. I really genuinely believe that's the deal."
Republicans, surveying the very same landscape at the very same time, sounded a much more skeptical note.
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The Republicans are a party of total non-inclusion, void of African-Americans, Latinos, Gays and Lesbians. During the Republican Convention it was clearly demonstrated – this is a party of White people. They do not have a clue and not in touch with and do not know how to relate to people. The Republicans seem uncomfortable with people that do not lool like them. They will continue to unsuccessful in the future because their appeal is to only certain people and not all people.
There are so many wondering " How did President Obama win", Is there a trick to this, No, he won because he is middle class, he relates to the middle class and from the very beginning of his campaign, he addressed the middle class, and he never waivered. He e-mailed me, he asked that I make phone calls and I did them. He made me a part of his re-election. Oh, yes, it was a small role but a role that made a difference. Mr. Romney confused me and scared me, in the debates he was too aggressive, and it made me worry about foreign policy. I always worried that he would insult other nations with comments like the one he said at the Olympics and he was just there to watch his wife ride a horse. So I voted for President Obama, no regrets.
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