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Debates in the Books, So Obama, Romney Shift Focus to Campaign Visits


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – They typically yield the same campaign speak over and over again.

But now that all three Presidential Debates and the one Vice Presidential Debate are in the books, both tickets will have to rely on campaign visits and stump speeches to directly reach voters.

"Those rallies make a big difference for motivating the base support of the candidates," said Dr Tim Dale, a Professor of Political Science at the UW-La Crosse.

"In the final days before the election, the question is about turnout, and who's going to turn out to vote," he said, "and can the candidates create energy among their bases that will give them a good showing on Election Day."

Dale added the powerful political rhetoric heard at campaign rallies doesn't do much for undecided voters, and the campaigns probably don't care.

That's not the audience they're trying to reach through stump speeches.

"What we sometimes see with undecided voters is that they end up being undecided all the way until the election and then just not voting," Dale said. "So really, the big question is about people who are leaning towards a candidate, and whether they're going to turn out and vote."

"It's not about convincing people who are unconvinced on which candidate they prefer. It's about convincing people who are unconvinced on whether or not they're going to vote," Dale said. 

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