Bush, Gore Both Stumping for the 'Undecided' Vote, the 'Battleground' States

By Bob Melvin | July 7, 2008 | 8:26 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - With 15 days until the November 7 general election, both presidential candidates, Republican George W Bush and Democrat Al Gore, are on the campaign trail this week stumping, in particular, for the votes of those who are as yet undecided. For weeks polls have indicated that the undecided vote remains somewhat constant between 11 and 14 percent.

Both Bush and Gore plan visits to those states that also are hanging in the balance - the so-called "battleground states" of Florida, Michigan, New Mexico and Oregon. In a tight race for electoral college votes needed, Bush leads in 29 states with 252 electoral votes while Gore leads in 18 states with 231 electoral votes, according to the National Journal. A candidate needs at least 270 electoral votes to be declared president.

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"For seven and a half years," Bush told the crowd at an airport rally, "the vice president has been the second biggest obstacle to reform in America. And now he wants to be the biggest. Now he wants to be the obstacle in chief."

Bush said the Clinton-Gore administration "came in with ringing promises and is now leaving with a sigh," a mocking reference to Gore's audible reaction to Bush comments during the first presidential debate.

Bush's stop coincided with a visit to Kansas City by a group of GOP governors who are fanning out across the country this week in visits on Bush's behalf to 25 states - 23 of them, as Missouri, carried by President Clinton in 1996.

The Texas governor said his priorities are the issues "near my heart: better schools, fairer taxes, a stronger military, and security for our seniors."

Meanwhile, Gore sought the vote of union workers and black voters Monday as he hit the campaign trail in the states of Oregon and Washington. .

Gore, advisers said, plans to focus "relentlessly" on the issues in the campaign's closing days, including a series of seven policy speeches in which he hopes to draw a contrast with Bush on matters ranging from education to the environment.

"This is not a race for prom king. This is a race for the presidency," said Gore spokesman Chris Lehane.