Nicklaus stumping for Romney in final push for Ohio

Nicklaus stumping for Romney in final push for Ohio

Mitt Romney and Jack Nicklaus, shown here in September, have been campaigning together in Ohio.
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As Mitt Romney enters the final week of the presidential election, he's looking to muster every vote he can in the key swing state of Ohio, and he may have an edge with one demographic: golfers.

Ohio native Jack Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara, will spend the weekend crisscrossing the state with Romney, who they think is vital to restarting the stalled U.S. golf construction business.

"It all depends on who is elected next Tuesday," Nicklaus said Tuesday during the opening of Summit Rock, his new course in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, just west of Austin. "It will take longer if the wrong guy is elected."

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Nicklaus said he and Barbara waited in line for 90 minutes on Monday to vote in Florida before heading for the political front lines in Jack's home state. In an earlier campaign appearance in Ohio, Nicklaus said he followed his own script, ignoring the talking points provided by the Romney campaign. He said he and Romney were still on the same page.

"Mitt had absolutely no idea what I was going to say, and he still incorporated four or five of my points in his stump speech," Nicklaus said. "That's pretty sharp."

Nicklaus was scheduled to play at Summit Rock with former President George W. Bush, but Bush had to cancel after hurting his back in Dallas.

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