Obama to visit six swing states next week

  • U.S. President Barack Obama will hit the campaign trail in six battleground states next week as he heads into a tight race with Republican rival Mitt Romney ahead of the November 6 election.

    Polls suggest Obama's strong debate performance this week gained him marginal or no leverage against the former Massachusetts governor with just over two weeks to go until Election Day.

    Obama will campaign in Iowa on Wednesday, then visit Colorado, Nevada, Florida and Virginia, cast his ballot early in his home town of Chicago and stop in Ohio to end the tour.

    "As the President crisscrosses the nation, he will spend time on Air Force One calling undecided voters, rallying National Team Leaders and volunteers and continuously engaging with Americans," his campaign said in a statement.

    Obama usually returns to Washington after one-day campaign trips, or stays in hotels on longer visits. On this tour he will stay overnight on the presidential jet between Las Vegas and Tampa to save time for campaign appearances.

    According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Saturday, Obama had a thin lead, 46 percent to 45 percent.