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Obama, Romney talk jobs on campaign trail 4 days before Election Day

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Four days until the election and some political pundits say this presidential race could be the nastiest and the most expensive.

Both candidates are spending their last hours of the campaign in some of the swing states, spending a lot of time and money and trying to spin the newest economic data.

The most recent numbers available show the Democrats outspending the Republicans. The blue party has spent about $281 million on ads while Romney and the Republicans have spent about $150.

More jobs were created than expected in October, and President Obama said that's a sign the country is moving in the right direction.

SEE: Jobless rate at 7.9% for October and 171,000 jobs created

He spoke in Hilliard, Ohio on Friday, and told the crowds that companies hired more workers last month than in any time in the last eight months - while bashing republican policies.

"For most of the past decade we tried what they wanted to do. Giving big tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans that we couldn't afford. We tried giving insurance companies and oil companies, Wall Street free reign to do whatever they please," the president said. "You know what we got? Falling incomes, record deficits, the smallest job growth in half a century, and an economic crisis we've been cleaning up after for the last four years. We know what we want to do works, we know what they want to do doesn't work."

Recent polls show President Obama with a slight lead in Ohio, but the race remains a virtual dead-lock.

Mr. Obama also got a surprise endorsement from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. The mayor is an independent.

SEE: New York Mayor Bloomberg endorses Obama

He's been critical of both the president and of Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But he said Thursday that Hurricane Sandy has changed his mind.

Romney held a rally in West Allis, Wisconsin on Friday, at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds.

SEE: Mitt Romney hits battleground states leading up to 2012 election

He told a crowd that unemployment rate is higher than it was when President Obama took office.

"If there's anyone worried [that] the American Dream is fading, I have a clear message," Romney said. "With the right leadership, America will come roaring back."

Romney was also in Ohio Friday where supporters there were chanting "four more days." The GOP nominee was quick to use the October jobs report released today. It was mixed a mixed bag showing the jobless rate at 7.9% and employers adding 171,000 jobs.

"So the question for this election in my view is this, you want to stay on the same course we're on, or do you want real change? Because we represent real change," Romney said.

The president was quick to respond, because while polls today show him leading among voters, there are still 18 electoral votes up for grabs in Ohio.

"We will not stop until we have rebuilt. That's what we're gonna do. And in the campaign he's tired hard to repackage these bad ideas."

The back and forth bickering will go on over the weekend as both candidates stomp for votes in Wisconsin, Iowa and New Hampshire

Saturday is the last day for early voting in Chicago. The polls will open again on Tuesday November 6th, Election Day.

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