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New Hampshire' Kid Rock per-
formed at a raucous Romney rally
From Page 1 to end the day in Manchester,
N.H.
ple have already cast their bal- But Romney was introduced
lot. at his event here by a number of
When Jay-Z asked the crowd Ohio athletes, including Olym-
to scream if they had already pic figure skater Scott Hamilton,
voted, he was received by a robust before enumerating reasons the
response, and the cheering of nation should be cautious of elect-
those who had not yet voted was ing Obama.
noticeably softer. "If the President is re-elected,
Terrell Russell of Dover, Ohio, he's going to continue to crush
who attended the Obama rally small business," Romney said
decked out in an Obama T-shirt, at the event. "I don't know if he
Obama watch and an Ohio State thin'ks of it that way, but that's
University scarf, said he voted what his policies are going to do."
early because he wanted to ensure The future of small business,
that his vote would count. the bailout of the automobile
"I voted early so my vote would industry and outsourcing in Ohio
count," he said. "I voted early so have been ongoing topics of dis-
they didn't take my vote." cussion in the state, which U.S.
Romney and Obama raced Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio),
across the country Monday, visit- who is running in a tight race
ing crucial battleground states to for re-election, said is a signifi-
get out the vote. Before appear- cant contributor to the nation's
ing here, Obama and Springsteen auto production during Monday's
made a joint appearance in Madi- Obama rally.
son, Wisc. Later in the evening, Sarah Lee of Franklin County,
first lady Michelle Obama joined Ohio explained why Obama's
the president and Springsteen assistance in the auto bailout has
for an event in Des Moines, Iowa been important to helping her
- Obama's final rally of the cam- community get back on its feet
paign, and his political career. during an economically challeng-
Romney, meanwhile, started ing time.
the day in Virginia before sweep- "Everything you do when
ing through Florida, Ohio and there's a rescue or a stimulus,
H UED,

it helps create and save jobs for
everybody," Lee said. "When they
say, 'When you're sitting around
the dinner table,' well, you gotta
sit around the dinner table with
something. And I believe because
of what (Obama's) done, because
of that bailout, jobs were saved
and food's on the table."
Romney has also made numer-
ous trips to the state in the past
week, and -announced he would
also visit Cleveland on Election
Day, in what might be considered
a nod to the importance his cam-
paign has placed on the state.
In an interview with The
Michigan Daily, Columbus mayor
Michael Coleman, who appeared
at Obama's campaign event Mon-
day, said Ohio will play a critical
role in determining the victor of
the election.
"Columbus will determine how
the state goes, and the state will
determine how the nation goes,"
Coleman said.
One thing remains certain -
all eyes will be on Ohio on Tues-
day, and if Coleman has anything
to say about it, even more empha-
sis will. be on the city of Colum-
bus. Coleman emphasized that
Columbus is destined for political
importance in this year's elec-
tion, noting that presidential
candidates require 270 electoral
college votes to win, in accor-
dance with I-270, the highway
that circles Columbus, making it
an auspicious number.
"When you have those two
things coming together like that,
you know it's gotta be victory,"
Coleman said.
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In this Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in
Jerusalem. Netanyahu ordered the military in 2010 to go on high alert for a looming attack on Iran's nuclear program.
TV report: Israel securit heads
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Prime Minister of
Israel called for
"pre-attack mode"
JERUSALEM (AP) - Isra-
el's prime minister ordered
the military to go on high alert
for a looming attack on Iran's
nuclear program two years ago,
but backed off following strong
objections from senior security
officials, a respected Israeli news
program reported Monday.
The report exposed a deep rift
between Prime Minister Benja-
min Netanyahu and his top secu-
rity officials over the wisdom of
attacking Iran but also indicated
that Israel was much closer to
carrying out a strike at that time
than was previously known.
Channel 2 TV's flagship inves-
tigative program "Uvda," or
"Fact," reported that toward the
end of a meeting in 2010 Netan-
yahu and his defense minister,
Ehud Barak, ordered Israel's
military chief and director of the
Mossad espionage agency to put
the country on "P Plus" status
- code for pre-attack mode on
Iran.
The report said the officials
were shocked. Then-military
chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi

warned that Israel's enemies
would notice the measure, which
might touch off a war. "This is
not something you do if you are
not sure you will ultimately want
to carry it out," he was quoted by
unidentified close associates as
saying. "This accordion produces
music when you play with it."
Meir Dagan, the Mossad chief
at the time, was even blunter,
telling the leaders that without
seeking formal approval from
Netanyahu's Security Cabinet,
a decision-making body of gov-
ernment ministers, they were
"taking an illegal decision."
"The prime minister and
defense minister simply tried
to steal a decision to go to war,"
he was quoted by Uvda as say-
ing. Dagan did not appear on
camera, and Uvda attributed his
remarks to his "associates."
Israel considers a nuclear-
armed Iran to be an existential
threat, citing Iranian denials
of the Holocaust, its calls for
Israel's destruction, its devel-
opment of missiles capable of
striking the Jewish state and
its support for hostile Arab
militant groups. Tehran says its
nuclear program is peaceful and
designed to produce energy and
medical isotopes, a claim that
Israel and many Western coun-

tries reject.
Dagan, who stepped down as
Mossad chief in 2010, is believed
to be the mastermind of Israeli
efforts to sabotage the Iranian
project. The Mossad is suspect-
ed of infiltrating deep into Iran,
spreading viruses and assassi-
natingnuclear scientists.
But Dagan has also opposed a
full-fledged attack and since his
retirement has lashed out openly
at the leaders, describing them
as warmongers bent on striking
Iran at all costs.
Netanyahu has repeatedly
said the threat of force must
be seriously considered should
economic sanctions fail. He
recently warned that the world
has until next summer at the lat-
est to keep Iran from building a
bomb. But analysts have debated
whether the Israeli leader would
really be willing to order the
strike.
Monday's report provided the
strongest evidence to date that
Netanyahu is prepared to attack,
a move that could have dire, far-
reaching consequences for the
region.
Speaking to the program,
Netanyahu did not address the
alleged 2010 incident but dis-
missed any questioning of his
resolve.

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