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At one of his final campaign rallies in Ohio on Monday night, Mitt Romney implored the crowd, "Let's make sure everyone we know gets out to vote on Tuesday."

In the last day before the Election Day, Mitt Romney warned a crowd in Sanford, Florida that reelecting President Obama may cause another recession:

Throughout the campaign, using every argument he can think of, President Obama has tried to convince you that the last four years have been a success. And so his plan for the next four years is take all the ideas from his first four years. You know, the stimulus, the tax increase, the borrowing, obama care, and do them all over again. He calls this plan forward. I call it forewarned. That same path means $20 trillion in debt. It means continuing crippling unemployment. It means depressed home values. Stagnant take home pay. And a devastated military. Unless we change course, we may be looking at another recession as well. In his closing argument, did you hear this just the other day? President Obama asked his supporters to vote for revenge. For revenge. Instead I ask the American people to vote for love of country.

(Emphasis added.)

A broad swath of mainstream economists believe the U.S. economy is rebounding and set to improve regardless of which candidate wins on Tuesday.

Romney added that if Obama is reelected, "there'll be threats of shutdown and default again" -- presumably from House Republicans who have a bitter relationship with the president.

In the event that President Obama wins reelection on Tuesday, Republicans have already found their scapegoat: Hurricane Sandy.

Just days before Election Day, GOP pundits and prognosticators -- and some within the Romney campaign -- are roundly describing the devastating storm as the critical event that halted their candidate's upswing in the polls, which give Obama a clear advantage in the electoral college math.

"The hurricane is what broke Romney's momentum. I don't think there's any question about it," said Haley Barbour, a former Mississippi governor, RNC chairman and respected political strategist, on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. "What happened was the news media absolutely blacked out any coverage of the issues."

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke to Reuters:

(Reuters) - Normally outspoken Nancy Pelosi is mum about her future.

She won't say if she will step aside as Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives if her party fails, as expected, to win back the chamber from Republicans in Tuesday's elections.

Pelosi, 72, told the news organization, "Right now, our focus is on one thing -- winning."

Appearing Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) did not defend a Mitt Romney ad that falsely implies Jeep is transfering U.S. production to China.

"I've not seen the ad. I've just heard it now," he said. "I've not seen the ad. They're apparently not running it in Virginia."

"The point is Mitt Romney has a demonstrated ability of building jobs."

GOP stalwart Haley Barbour argued Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that Hurricane Sandy worked to President Obama's political benefit in the election.

"The hurricane is what broke Romney's momentum," he said. "I don't think there's any question about it."

"Any day that the news media is not talking about jobs and the economy, taxes and the economy, deficits and debt, Obamacare and energy, is a good day for Barack Obama. You had a blackout on all of those issues that started about last Saturday and lasted until about yesterday -- that is what really was good for Barack Obama. Now whether it was good enough remains to be seen."

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) responded Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" to Senate Majority Leader's Harry Reid's (R-NV) statement that it's a "fantasy" for Mitt Romney to expect Senate Democrats to help pass his conservative agenda.

"[Romney] said he's going to reach across the aisle and find common ground, and to have that kind of response from Democrats in Congress is -- it's discouraging," he said. "But look, I think at the end of the day, even Harry Reid and even the Democrats who might take that point of view at this point are going to say, we've got to solve these problems."

"And so I'm hopeful that those were just political comments made in the heat of a campaign."

Appearing Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) defended a recent Mitt Romney ad implying that Jeep is outsourcing its production to China is "accurate" -- something Jeep itself has denied.

Host Candy Crowley pressed him on the ad, noting that Chrysler itself called it false and asked him, "Why not take this one down?" She said the Romney campaign is alone in thinking it's accurate. 

"First of all, the ad is accurate," Portman said, defending the technical claim in the ad that Jeep is producing more in China "for the Chinese market, and that's all the ad says."

The Romney surrogate defended the Republican nominee's stance on the auto bailout, arguing that he had a plan to save the ato makers.

Chicago Mayor and former Obama White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel on Sunday defended the president against Rudy Giuliani's charge of inconpetence on Benghazi.

"On Benghazi also, the president's done exactly what a president should do. 'I want to report an investigation of what happened, I want to know who's responsible' -- just like he did with [Anwar] Awlaki and just like he did with Osama bin Laden," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"Let's not politicize this," he said, arguing that if the investigation founds that a mistake was made, "then you fix it."