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October 28, 2012

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NASHUA, N.H. —

On the first day of early voting in Florida, Romney campaigned across the Sunshine State with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

"You know, the supporters of the president's have this chant: 'Four more years! Four more years!'" Romney said. He said that he preferred the chant, "Ten more days!"

"It's 10 more days because it matters to you," Romney said. "This election matters to the world, it matters to the country, but it matters to your family. And I hope you understand that this is an election about very big things, like the big things that go on in your life."

Both rallies took on sharply partisan tones.

Introducing Obama, Sen. Jean Shaheen, D-N.H., ridiculed one of Romney's most memorable debate lines when she told the crowd that New Hampshire "doesn't need 'binders full of women' because we have ballots full of women!"

At Romney's rally, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., delivered a fiery introductory speech in which he suggested that it was Obama's fault that U.S. diplomatic workers were killed last month in Benghazi, Libya.

"America deserves a president that will not leave a United States ambassador and three others," Miller said, as the crowd chanted, "U.S.A! U.S.A!" Miller added, "Mr. President, the phone rang and you didn't answer it."

Later in the day, Romney campaigned in Kissimmee, Fla., a swing suburb of Orlando where nearly half the residents are Hispanic, to try to make inroads with a voting demographic that leans heavily in Obama's favor.

Two large banners hung over the rally saying, in Spanish, "We Need a Real Recovery." And when Rubio introduced Romney at the rally of about 4,000, he delivered a portion of his remarks in Spanish. Switching back to English, the senator joked, "If you don't speak Spanish, let me tell you what I said. What I said is that you can save a bunch of money on your car insurance if you elect Mitt Romney!"

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