DES MOINES, Iowa - Mitt Romney accused Democrats Sunday of wanting to "redistribute" wealth and warned America "may be looking at another recession" if President Obama is re-elected.
"The same course we're on, and the same course we've been on, will not lead to a better destination," the Republican presidential candidate said before ticking off a list of what a second Obama term could bring -- higher debt, stagnant wages, and continued high-unemployment.
"Unless we change course, we may be looking at another recession," he concluded.
Alluding to concerns about an overactive federal government, Romney underscored a campaign pledge to decrease government's involvement in everyday lives. "Paul and I have not promised you a bigger check from the government and we haven't promised to take from some people to redistribute to you."
The rhetoric, some of his strongest in weeks, was juxtaposed with a message of bipartisanship aimed at Independents and disillusioned Democrats. Romney has taken to emphasizing his achievements as governor of Massachusetts, saying only he has a proven record of bringing people together.
"I learned that respect and goodwill go a long way, and they are usually returned in kind," Romney said. "That's how I will conduct myself as president."
"I won't just represent one party. I'll represent one nation," he continued.
With two days to go, Romney remains locked in a tight battle with President Obama over a handful of swing states. The latest national polls continue to show a dead-heat, while the President has retained a slight edge among the all-important battleground states.
The rally, Romney's last in the nation's first caucus state, kicked off a five-state day that will take the candidate through many of these hotly contested states.
Among those on today's list is Pennsylvania, a state until recently thought to be solidly in President Obama's column. But recent polls have shown Romney surging to within a few points, well within the margin of error.
"This is one of those states that came into view right after the first debate," senior adviser Kevin Madden said during a gaggle aboard Romney's plane, noting that Pennsylvania does not allow early voting. "And as a result it just presented a great opportunity."
The Romney campaign has insisted it is expanding the map, spending millions (along with outside groups) on a Keystone state advertising blitz over the last few weeks. The hope - a late push could flip Pennsylvania red. The Obama campaign has countered, going up with their own ads and dispatching top surrogates, including former President Bill Clinton, across the state to shore up support.
But history could prove the best defense for the Democrats -- the state hasn't voted for a Republican since George H. W. Bush in 1988, and President Obama won by 11 points in 2008.