Washington: Days ahead of the presidential elections, incumbent Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney have started proclaiming themselves as real harbinger of change, alleging that the policies offered by their opponent do not represent change desired by Americans.
"I am offering real change and a real choice," 65-year-old Romney wrote in an op-ed published by the CNN along with that of Obama.
"We know what real change looks like. And we can't give up on it now," 51-year-old Obama wrote this morning dismissing the "change" being offered by Romney.
"In the closing weeks of this campaign, Governor Romney has started calling himself an agent of change. And I'll give him one thing -- offering another USD 5 trillion tax cut weighted towards the wealthy, USD 2 trillion in defense spending our military didn't ask for, and more power for big banks and insurance companies is change, all right. But it's not the change we need," Obama wrote.
"Change is an America where people of every age have the skills and education that good jobs require. Change is an America that's home to the next generation of manufacturing and innovation. I'm not the candidate who said we should 'let Detroit go bankrupt', I'm the president who bet on American workers and American ingenuity," Obama said.
"Change is an America that turns the page on a decade of war to do some nation-building here at home. So long as I'm commander-in-chief, we'll pursue our enemies with the strongest military in the world. But it's time to use the savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to pay down our debt and rebuild America," he wrote.
Both the presidential candidates are closely tied in the November 6 race, with political analysts and US media describing it as neck to neck.
"I am offering a contrast to what we are seeing in Washington today," Romney wrote.
"We've watched as one party has pushed through its agenda without compromising with the other party. We've watched gridlock and petty conflict dominate while the most important issues confronting the nation, like chronic high unemployment, go unaddressed. The bickering has to end.
I will end it. I will reach across the aisle to solve America's problems," Romney said.
In his vision for America, the Republican candidate said the US is a place where freedom rings.
"It is a place where we can discuss our differences without fear of any consequence worse than criticism, where we can believe in whatever creed or religion we choose, where we can pursue our dreams no matter how small or grand. It is a place that not only cherishes freedom, but is willing to fight to defend it. These are the qualities that define us," he wrote.
"America is a land of opportunity. But lately, for too many Americans, opportunity has not exactly come knocking. We've been mired in an economic slowdown that has left millions of our fellow citizens unemployed. The consequences in dreams shattered, lives disrupted, plans deferred, and hopes dimmed can be found all around us," Romney said.