Washington: Days ahead of the presidential elections, incumbent Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney have started proclaiming themselves as real harbinger of change, alleging that the policies offered by their opponent do not represent change desired by Americans.

"I am offering real change and a real choice," 65-year-old Romney wrote in an op-ed published by the CNN along with that of Obama.

"We know what real change looks like. And we can't give up on it now," 51-year-old Obama wrote on Friday morning dismissing the "change" being offered by Romney.

"In the closing weeks of this campaign, Governor Romney has started calling himself an agent of change. And I'll give him one thing offering another USD 5 trillion tax cut weighted towards the wealthy, USD 2 trillion in defense spending our military didn't ask for, and more power for big banks and insurance companies is change, all right. But it's not the change we need," Obama wrote.

"Change is an America where people of every age have the skills and education that good jobs require. Change is an America that's home to the next generation of manufacturing and innovation. I'm not the candidate who said we should 'let Detroit go bankrupt', I'm the president who bet on American workers and American ingenuity," Obama said.

"Change is an America that turns the page on a decade of war to do some nation-building here at home. So long as I'm commander-in-chief, we'll pursue our enemies with the strongest military in the world. But it's time to use the savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to pay down our debt and rebuild America," he wrote.

Both the presidential candidates are closely tied in the November 6 race, with political analysts and US media describing it as neck to neck.

"I am offering a contrast to what we are seeing in Washington on Friday," Romney wrote.



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