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With the final week of campaigning ahead, you might notice speeches from both presidential campaigns are revealing very little that's new but the candidates are banking on some high-profile friends along the campaign trail to win votes.

Air Force One had a few extra people on board as it landed at Offutt on Monday. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his wife were traveling with the president and first lady. They made the trip to the Mid-America Center to rally Republicans.

Giuliani told the crowd, "We're going to make calls, ring doorbells, get out the vote and get victory in the Hawkeye State."

President Bush rallied supporters telling them to, "find your friends and encourage them to go to the polls and with your help we can carry Iowa and win victory November 2nd."

Bush supporter Christopher Jones was glad to see Giuliani along for the appearance.

Jones says, "I think it makes a big impact that he endorses President Bush, that this is someone that understands what terrorism can do if we let it go on."

Democrats are banking on a similar strategy.

Former President Clinton hit the campaign trail Monday for the first time on behalf of Senator Kerry.

Addressing a Pennsylvania audience, Clinton said, "From time to time I've been called the comeback kid. John Kerry is going to make America the comeback country."

Pennsylvania is one of the key battleground states and 21 electoral votes are at stake there. That's three times the number up for grabs in Iowa but with the election viewed largely as a toss-up, the swing states like Iowa are critical.

Expect more powerful people on the campaign trail. Former Vice President Al Gore is stumping for Senator Kerry and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to begin campaigning for President Bush later this week.


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