Democrat White House hopeful John Kerry has accused President George W Bush of keeping secrets from US voters, exactly one week before the election.
Both men started their day in Wisconsin but while Mr Bush focused on the economy, Mr Kerry again criticised his rival's handling of the war in Iraq.
He berated Mr Bush for not discussing a missing cache of explosives and queried what else he was not talking about.
With the race still so close, the final campaigning is getting yet more bitter.
In a second day of blistering attacks, Mr Kerry again focused on reports about the 350 metric tons of explosives that went missing after the US-led invasion of Iraq.
"What did the president have to say about the missing explosives? Not a word. Complete silence," Mr Kerry said in Green Bay.
He then quoted a Washington Post report that the Bush administration would seek new funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We have learned that the president wants an additional $70bn of your money by early next year for Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing the total cost to $225bn," Mr Kerry said.
"Mr President, what else are you being silent about? What else are you keeping from the American people? How much more will the American people have to pay?"
The non-partisan organisation Factcheck.org says Mr Kerry has consistently overstated the amount actually spent on the Iraq war to date.
While Mr Bush has not commented on the missing materiel, his aides seized on another news report that the explosives were missing when US forces arrived at the Iraqi base the day after the fall of Baghdad. However, it remains unclear if the stockpile had already been stolen or just not found at that time.
Mr Kerry left Wisconsin, to travel to Nevada, New Mexico and Iowa on Tuesday, while Mr Bush was spending most of his day in Wisconsin.
All are seen as swing states that could be won by either candidate and may make the difference in the overall election.
Correspondents say that, with the race so tight, campaign strategists are not just focusing on key states, but also specific counties within those states and even individual towns where they believe a candidate's appearance can make a difference.
They add that Wisconsin, with its 10 electoral votes, is becoming as keenly fought over as "the big three" swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The Kerry campaign announced on Tuesday that rocker Bruce Springsteen would appear with Mr Kerry at rallies in Wisconsin and Ohio later this week.
Mr Bush appealed to conservative Democrats in his first of three rallies during a bus trip in Wisconsin, a state he lost by just 5,708 votes in the 2000 election.
He told supporters in Onalaska that Mr Kerry's career in the Senate showed he was not part of the Democratic Party of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F Kennedy.
"With that record, he stands in opposition not just to me, but to the great tradition of the Democratic Party," he said, repeating a criticism touted to voters in Iowa on Monday.
Nationally, opinion polls show Mr Bush with a slight - but statistically insignificant - lead over Mr Kerry, though that position is reversed in some of the battleground states.
And in a sign that the election will remain unpredictable, new surveys indicate that voters in what had expected to be a safe Democrat hold in Hawaii may yet pick Mr Bush, while it may also be close in Arkansas - previously thought to be solidly in the Republican column.
I think the 'if I just ignore it it'll go away' tactic won't do Bush any favours right now.
29th August 2004
That was already looted before the troops even got there. They showed the seal that was placed there in 2002 (still sealed) on Fox. Kerry is just being Skerry again.
Power, its always about Power
8th June 2004
Skerry meing shit kerry or senator kerry the bombs were removed by another divison before the 101st got there and there were two tractors moving them before we got there kerry has no prrof that 'terrorists' got their hands on these weapons hell just say anything to get elected right now
*cough* Where's your proof to what you say? =P
GF makes me horny
19th October 2004
I think Bush's best bet is to keep quiet right now. We got three days until election and if he says something stupid that could turn off voters, he will not win.
God Send Death
10th January 2004
Akeate*cough* Where's your proof to what you say? =P
Cuz they weren't there when we got there. :rolleyes:
D.Sporky!Cuz they weren't there when we got there. :rolleyes:
You do know that that fails to prove anything, except maybe that it should have been a higher priority than it obviously was.
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9th February 2004
AkeateYou do know that that fails to prove anything, except maybe that it should have been a higher priority than it obviously was.
The number for the amount of explosives, or 380 tons, is from a July 2002 figure. The actual news report about this was from originally April 2003, and has been re-aired. Do the math.
Biggest F-ing A-hole 2010
24th April 2003
All Kerry can do it kriticizie (pun intended)....he has nothing to offer himself to show hes better. If Bush even coughs, Kerry will be on him. If Bush doesnt talk from now until November 2nd, Kerry will say 'where is the president', if Bush talks every day until then, Kerry will say 'Why is the president trying to sway people so much'...
Kerry will be critical of Bush just because Kerry cant do better with the plan he has layed out. Kerry cant cut taxes and create all of these new programs in the government. He has been avoiding one-on-one interviews even if the questions are submitted in advance.