President Barack Obama and his challenger Republican Mitt Romney are saying they will work together with the other party if they are elected, as they attempt to appeal to the independent voters. However, neither candidate will explain how he plans to break the gridlock that has plagued Congress.
This theme of bipartisanship has not been voiced often during the entire presidential campaign. The attempt by both candidates is to sway that group of independent voters that are still undecided on their choice for the president.
For Romney, who has called himself severely conservative and has lashed out at the liberal agenda of Obama, this is a big shift in tone. On Sunday, while campaigning in Cleveland, Philadelphia and Des Moines Romney sounded very familiar to Obama in 2008.
The former governor of Massachusetts says Obama, instead of establishing the post partisan era he had proclaimed he would do prior to his election, has only engaged in attacking, dividing, pointing fingers and has not had meetings with leaders from the Republican Party since last summer.
Romney told listeners in Cleveland that Obama not only has stopped listening to Republicans but to independents as well. Romney said Obama has made the gap wider instead of bridging it.
Obama promised listeners on Sunday while in Concord, New Hampshire that he was going to work with anyone regardless of party so the country can move forward.
Last week, the president was able to benefit from some true bipartisanship when he was together with Governor Chris Christie from New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Christie, a Republican, had been a staunch critic of Obama in the past, but praised Obama for the way he reacted to the storm.