US President Barack Obama greets supporters at the end of his election campaign rally at Kent State University, Ohio. Reuters/Jason Reed
As polls continue to reflect a close contest for the White House, President Barack Obama is making an effort to fire up his campaign.
On Thursday, he became the first president to vote early, a practice that’s caught on so fast almost a third of US voters are expected to cast their votes before election day in 2012.
Obama cast his vote in Chicago, during a whirlwind 48-hour non-stop tour of battleground states that ended Thursday. His wife beat him, though, voting on October 15.
Resorts to insult
He also resorted to insults. He used the word “bullsh***er” in the context of Romney’s ever-changing positions in an interview to a magazine.
When responding to a suggestion on his popularity among kids, he said: “You know, kids have good instincts. They look at the other guy and say, ‘Well, that’s a bullsh***er, I can tell,” the US President said.
The president is “rattled and defensive”, said a Romney campaign advisor Kevin Madden.” He’s running on empty and has nothing left but attacks and insults.”