On the campaign trail
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets volounteers during a visit to a campaign call center in Green Tree, Pa., on election day, Nov. 6.
President Barack Obama greets volunteers as he visits a campaign office in Chicago, Illinois, on election day, Nov. 6.
Supporters wave American flags as Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Landmark Aviation, Nov. 5, in Columbus, Ohio.
Supporters listen to Barack Obama speak during his last rally the night before the general election, Nov. 5, in Des Moines, Iowa. The rally was held just outside Obama's first headquarters from the 2008 campaign, where his campaign for the White House started.
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan attends a campaign event at Johnson's Corner in Johnstown, Colorado, Nov. 5.
Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally in Sterling, Virginia on Nov. 5.
Rocker Bruce Springsteen, left, welcomes Barack Obama to the stage during a rally on the last day of campaigning in the general election on Nov. 5 in Madison, Wisconsin.
President Barack Obama with tears on his cheek during remarks at his final presidential campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Nov. 5, 2012, the eve of the U.S. presidential election.
Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his wife Ann at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 5.
First lady Michelle Obama cheers on her husband as she joins him on stage at the end of the final 2012 campaign event in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 5.
President Barack Obama speaks to supporters during his final 2012 campaign event in downtown Des Moines, Iowa on Monday night.
U.S. Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his wife Ann attend a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio on Monday night.
U.S. President Barack Obama makes calls to volunteers who have helped his re-election cause, from the German Village election campaign office in Columbus, Ohio on Monday.
Vice president Joe Biden gestures during campaign rally at The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar Ironworks, as Senate candidate Timothy Kaine, right, listens in Richmond, Va., Monday.
Paul DesVergnes of Woodbridge, Va., center, waves an American flag with fellow crowd members as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at The Patriot Center at George Mason University, Nov. 5.
Supporters wait to hear US President Barack Obama speak at a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 5.
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to supporters after finishing his speech at a campaign event at the Lynchburg Regional Airport, on Nov. 5, in Lynchburg, Va.
President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally on Nov. 5, in Madison, Wisconsin.
Mitt Romney arrives at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 4.
U.S. President Barack Obama gathers on stage with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, left, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and New Hampshire Governor John Lynch at an election campaign rally in Concord, N.H., Nov. 4.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, greet supporters during a campaign rally at Dubuque Jet Center in Dubuque, Iowa, on Saturday, Nov. 3. With just three days left until the presidential election, Romney and his opponent, President Barack Obama, are stumping from one swing state to the next in a last rush to persuade undecided voters.
President Barack Obama greets supporters during a campaign rally at Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio, Nov. 3.
A man weeps as Obama greets supporters after addressing a campaign rally in the main gymnasium at Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio, on Nov. 3.
Supporters are reflected on teleprompters as Obama speaks in Dubuque, Iowa, Nov. 3.
Romney carries one of his grandsons as he steps off his campaign plane at Pease International Airport in Portsmouth, N.H., early Nov. 3, as they arrive from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Supporters watch as Romney, not pictured, walks off stage after speaking at a campaign event at The Square at Union Centre, Nov. 2, in West Chester, Ohio.
Obama enters the Oval Office after he landed at the White House, Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C. Obama returned from a two-day campaign trip in Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado and Ohio.
Obama speaks during a campaign rally at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., on Nov. 1.
Supporters wave American flags as Romney arrives in his campaign bus for a campaign event at Meadow Event Park on Nov. 1, in Doswell, Va.
Supporters wait to hear Obama during a campaign rally at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., Nov. 1.
Romney supporters attend a rally in Doswell, Va., Nov. 1.
Romney picks up a baby from the audience during a campaign event at The University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida, Oct. 31.
President Barack Obama and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, left, talk to Hurricane Sandy victims at a shelter in Brigantine, New Jersey, on Oct. 31. Obama cancelled campaign events for another day to visit hard hit New Jersey.
Barack Obama speaks about the damage done by Hurricane Sandy at the National Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 30, the day after the storm hit the east coast knocking out power and causing millions in damage.
Mitt Romney shakes hands as he accepts a food donation from a supporter during a Kettering Storm Relief event on Oct. 30, in Kettering, Ohio. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mitt Romney's campaign has reduced their campaign schedule.
Barack Obama steps off Air Force One, Oct.29 upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Obama cancelled his appearance at a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida and returned early to Washington, D.C. to monitor response to Hurricane Sandy.
Supporters of Mitt Romney attend a campaign event at Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, Ohio, on Oct. 29. Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan later cancelled events scheduled for the afternoon and the following day due to Hurricane Sandy.
Mitt Romney sits in a training room with senior adviser Kevin Madden, left, and aide Garrett Jackson before the start of a campaign rally at Koehler Athletic Complex, University of Findlay, Oct. 28, in Findlay, Ohio.
Supporters cheer for Barack Obama at a campaign rally at Elm Street Middle School in Nashua, New Hampshire Oct. 27.
Mitt Romney campaigns at Ranger Jet Center in Kissimmee, Fla., Oct. 27.
A supporter reacts after greeting Barack Obama at a campaign event at Elm Street Middle School, Oct. 27 in Nashua, N.H.
Early voters fill out their ballots as they cast their vote in the presidential election on the first day of early voting, at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center on Oct. 27 in Miami, Florida. Early voting in one of the most important swing states will be held for eight straight 12-hour days, leading up to the Nov. 6 general election.
Mitt Romney campaigns at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Fla., Oct. 27.
Barack Obama takes the stage during a campaign rally at Elm Street Middle School Oct. 27 in Nashua, New Hampshire. With ten days before the presidential election, Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney are criss-crossing the country from one swing state to the next in an attempt to sway voters.
Stuard Veal gets a hug from Ann Romney as she greeted a line of visitors during a short stop in Williamsburg, Va. on Oct. 26.
Michelle Obama greets a child while talking with supporters after speaking at a campaign rally, Oct. 26 in Las Vegas.
A volunteer for Mitt Romney's campaign works the phones at the New Hampshire State Headquarters in Bedford, N.H., Oct. 26.
A boy cheers while others chant "Four more years" as Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio on Oct. 25. Obama made eight-state campaign swing over two days.
Musicians Randy Owen and Meatloaf sing with Mitt Romney and musician John Rich during a campaign rally at Defiance High School on Oct. 25, in Defiance, Ohio.
Barack Obama looks up from casting his early vote as a poll worker receives a phone call at the Martin Luther King Community Center in Chicago, Illinois Oct. 25.
Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally at Worthington Industries in Worthington, Ohio Oct. 25.
Barack Obama talks with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel after Obama arrived on Air Force One at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Oct. 25. Emanuel served as Obama's chief of staff before he became the mayor of Chicago.
Barack Obama carries an infant that was handed to him from a supporter during a campaign event at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, Oct. 24 in Davenport, Iowa. Obama began a two-day campaign blitz, through eight states with stops in key battleground areas of Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.
Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, left, shake hands before boarding their campaign planes at Denver International Airport on Oct. 24, in Denver, Colorado. Mitt Romney will spend the day campaigning in Nevada, Iowa and Ohio.
President Barack Obama has lunch with three campaign voluteers, from left, Vicki Felger, Deb Willaredt, and Marcia Teshak, back to camera, at Antonella's Authentic Italia Pasta and Pizza during an unscheduled visit following a campaign event nearby, Oct. 24, in Davenport, Iowa.
Ann Romney, wife of Mitt Romney, meets with supporters during campaign stop for her husband at Fresco's Bakery & Bistro in Lakeland, Florida, Oct. 24. Florida is expected to play a key roll as a swing state in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
A girl wearing a costume with the campaign logo of Mitt Romney stands on a camera platform as Romney greets supporters at an election campaign rally at the Reno Event Center in Reno, Nev., Oct. 24.
A young girl listens as Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 23.
Barack Obama sits aboard Marine One as it lands on the South Lawn of the White House Oct. 23, in Washington, D.C., upon returning from campaign events in Florida and Ohio.
Mitt Romney greets members of the crowd during a campaign event at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Oct. 23, in Golden, Colo.
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama debate as moderator Bob Schieffer looks on during the final presidential debate in the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, Oct. 22. The focus of the debate was foreign policy, but both candidates veered off topic to talk about domestic and economic policy.
Mitt Romney talks with foreign policy adviser Dan Senor, left, and his vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, right, before boarding his campaign plane at Daytona International Airport, Oct. 20, in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Barack Obama greets supporters in the crowd during a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester, N.H., Oct. 18.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney share a laugh with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, center, at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York, Oct. 18.
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama speak directly to each other during the second U.S. presidential campaign debate in Hempstead, New York, Oct. 16 which was presented in the town hall-format with audience members asking questions. The feisty debate featured a more aggressive Obama and moderator Candy Crowley struggling to keep the two from speaking over her and over each other.
President Barack Obama makes phone calls with volunteers, including Suzanne Stern, right, at an Obama campaign office on, Oct. 14, in Williamsburg, Va.
Mitt Romney picks up a baby as he campaigns at The Golden Lamb restaurant in Lebanon, Ohio on Oct. 13.
Vice President Joe Biden debates Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan during the vice presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky, Oct. 11. The two battled in a feisty debate with Biden frequently reacting with laughter, grins and guffaws to Ryan's answers.
Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney, Ohio, Oct. 10.
President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd at a campaign event in The Oval at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio Oct. 9, 2012, ending a three day campaign swing to California and Ohio.
Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan shakes hands with the crowd at a rally at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.on Oct. 8. Ryan faces Vice President Joe Biden in a debate between the two candidates Thursday, Oct. 11.
Mitt Romney delivers a foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute on Oct. 8, in Lexington, Virginia. The speech outlined his vision for America's foreign policy and how he would handle events unfolding in Iran, the Middle East, Syria and Afghanistan.
Mitt Romney and his wife Ann greet supporters at a a campaign event on Oct. 5, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Fresh from a much-needed debate victory, Romney said his earlier remarks dismissing 47 percent of Americans as government dependents were "completely wrong" and vowed to fight for middle class families that were being "crushed" by the president's policies.
President Barack Obama speaks to an estimated crowd of 30,000 at a campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin on Oct. 4.
President Barack Obama greets well-wishers upon arrival at Dane County Regional Airport Oct. 4, in Madison, Wisconsin. Obama returned to the campaign trail after taking part in the first presidential debate the previous day in Denver.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Oct. 3.
President Barack Obama uses a cell phone to call supporters during a visit to a local campaign office, Oct. 1 in Henderson, Nev.
Supporters of Mitt Romney attend a campaign rally at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum on Oct. 1 in Denver, Colorado. Romney arrived in Denver ahead of his first debate with Obama which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Mitt Romney waves after speaking at "Veterans for Romney" campaign event in Springfield, Va., on Sept. 27. A flurry of recent polls showing widening leads for President Barack Obama heaped pressure on Mitt Romney ahead of the first debate next week.
A young boy reaches over to give President Barack Obama a 'high-five' at a campaign event at Kent State University, Sept. 26, in Kent, Ohio.
Mitt Romney addresses the NBC Education Nation Summit in New York Sept. 25. On the same day, Romney also spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative.
The shadow of Air Force One carrying President Barack Obama flies over marshland on approach to John F. Kennedy International Airport Sept. 24, in New York. Obama made a two day trip to New York City to tape an episode of "The View, " attend the United Nations General Assembly and also made an appearance at the Clinton Global Initiative.
A member of the audience reacts as President Barack Obama shakes her hand at a campaign rally in Woodbridge, Virginia, Sept. 21.
Mitt Romney arrives at a campaign rally at the Ringling Art Museum in Sarasota, Florida, on Sept. 20. He released his tax returns on Sept. 21 and revealed that he paid a tax rate of about 14 percent in 2011, and an average of about 20 percent for the years 1990-2009.
President Barack Obama talks with David Letterman on the set of the "Late Show With David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater, Sept. 18, in New York City.
Mitt Romney pats the head of his grandson, Sawyer, during a tour with his other grandchildren on his campaign plane in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 18.
Mitt Romney speaks to reporters in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, in a hastily arranged a press conference to do damage control related to comments he made at a private fundraiser. At that event, he said, "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it." His comments were surreptitiously recorded by an anonymous source and first surfaced in the liberal magazine Mother Jones.
President Barack Obama campaigns at Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion, Sept. 17, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mitt Romney and his wife appear on the syndicated talk show, "LIVE! with Kelly and Michael" in New York City on Sept. 14. Romney described the night he met Ann at a high school party and also admitted that he's a Snookie (of MTV's "Jersey Shore") fan.
Supporters listen to Mitt Romney during a campaign event at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Sept. 14. While addressing more than 3,000 rain-drenched supporters, he touted his economic plan and called for a moment of silence for the four Americans killed in Libya during an attack on the U.S. consulate.
Mitt Romney says goodbye to his wife Ann before boarding his campaign plane in Jacksonville, Fla., Sept.12.
President Barack Obama is picked up by Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Fla., on Sept. 9 during a stop on his 2-day bus tour across the state.
Vice President Joe Biden's talks to customers during a stop at Cruisers Diner, Sept. 9, in Seaman, Ohio.
Editor's note: This photo was taken after the press pool was escorted out and only the AP photographer was allowed back in.
At Ossorio Bakery and Cafe in Cocoa, Fla., patrons get a visit from President Barack Obama on Sept. 9.
Mitt Romney poses for a photo while campaigning with Virginia Senate candidate George Allen, left, at the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond on Sept. 8.
Mitt Romney takes the stage at a campaign rally at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Va., Sept. 8.
President Barack Obama is introduced at a campaign rally at St. Petersburg College-Seminole Campus on Sept. 8 in Florida.
President Barack Obama looks over his shoulder as he walks across the tarmac to board Air Force One for his departure from Eastern Iowa Airport, Sept. 7, in Cedar Rapids.
Mitt Romney, addresses a crowd of supporters during a rally in Nashua, N.H., on Sept. 7.
President Barack Obama puts his arm around first lady Michelle Obama as they board Air Force One at Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth, N.H., Sept. 7.
President Barack Obama waves alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and his wife, Jill Biden, after the conclusion of a campaign event at Strawbery Banke Field in Portsmouth, N.H., Sept. 7.
President Barack Obama waves at supporters as he leads his family - wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia - across the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., after accepting his party's nomination for on Sept. 6.
Ann Romney speaks as Mitt Romney, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, and Janna Ryan, listen during an RNC Farewell Victory rally on Aug. 31, 2012 in Lakeland, Fla. A day after Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate at the RNC, he and his running mate returned to the campaign trail.
Mitt Romney is greeted by his family and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan and his family after accepting the nomination of his party during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Aug.30 in Tampa, Fla.