Romney returns to NH, promising bipartisanship

GOP nominee Mitt Romney began his final weekend campaign blitz in New Hampshire Saturday morning, promising a better — and more bipartisan — tomorrow if he's elected on Tuesday.

Romney hit many of the themes from his "closing argument" speech from Friday morning, focusing on a promise to work across the aisle.

After criticizing President Obama for last meeting with Republican leaders in Congress in July, Romney promised to do better.

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"You know that if the president were to be reelected he would not be able to work with Congress, you know there would be more gridlock… the president just can't work with Congress, he's proven that time and time again," he said. "We can do it, I've done it before. We're going to work in Washington to help the people."

Romney also delivered the Republicans' weekly radio address on Saturday, touting his business experience and promising to kick-start the economy with his five-point economic plan.

"The question of this election comes down to this: Do you want more of the same or do you want real change? President Obama promised change, but he could not deliver it. I promise change, and I have a record of achieving it," he said. We need a real turnaround if we are going to get our economy growing and get Americans working again. And I’ve led that kind of effort many times before."

The former Massachusetts governor was joined at the New Hampshire appearance by a number of top surrogates, including former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). All, and many more, had joined him at a huge Ohio rally Friday night.

It was his first stop in New Hampshire in nearly two months. Most polls show President Obama with a lead there, though the race is much closer than it was a month ago.

With the crowd chanting "three more days," Romney promised what both Obama and President George W. Bush promised during their first campaigns: An end to partisan rancor and gridlock.

"In Washington I'm going to go across the aisle to the guys who've been working for the other candidate," he said. "Come walk with me, walk together to a better place. We've got to take back this country."

The stop is the first in his final three-day push for the White House. He'll be in Iowa and Colorado later on Saturday.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said Romney has never worked across the aisle.

"Despite his claims in the final days of this race, Romney refused to work with Democrats as governor. And throughout this campaign, he has shown himself to be too weak to stand up to the far-right wing of the Republican Party – whether it’s Grover Norquist, Richard Mourdock, or the architects of Republican obstruction in Congress," Smith said.

Romney also ripped Obama for telling supporters that "voting is the best revenge."

"Vote for revenge? Let me tell you: Vote for love of country," Romney said to cheers. "It is time we lead America to a better place."

Obama made the remark at a Friday rally while trying to get supports to not boo Romney. The GOP nominee jumped on the comment later that day, and the campaign released an ad attacking the president for it Saturday morning.

“No, no, no, Don't boo. Vote,” Obama told a crowd in Springfield, Ohio on Friday. “Voting is the best revenge.”

--This article was originally published at 9:44 a.m. and last updated at 11:06 a.m.