With Mitt Romney and Barack Obama out campaigning in crucial swing states like Iowa and Colorado, both candidates aiming their messages at the same group of voters: women and the working class.
In Iowa, Romney has been hammering on Obama on welfare, claiming the president is working around welfare reforms passed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 by offering waivers to states. Attacking Obama on health care appears to be an attempt to appeal to blue-collar workers in the state.
Iowa is a tricky state for both candidates to navigate. Obama managed to carry the state in 2008, but that was with a 105,000-voter registration advantage. Since then, that advantage has turned towards the Republicans, who have a 21,589 voter advantage. Romney, however, had his initial win in the Iowa caucuses given to Rick Santorum, although he did eventually win the Republican presidential nomination. Read