Many Democrats are already in Charlotte, but President Barack Obama spent his Labor Day making stops in Ohio and Louisiana instead. With just two months to go until the election, neither he nor Mitt Romney will be wasting any time this week. NY1's Erin Billups filed the following report.
The dueling presidential campaigns hoped to get an edge up on the jobs debate as America celebrated its workforce this Labor Day.
"We can either chose to stay on the path that we're on, the path of debt, a path of doubt and decline, a path of joblessness or we can get things turned around," said GOP Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan.
Ryan held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, a four hour drive from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
"We're gonna hear a lot of words from Charlotte this week. But here's the kid of words we're not going to hear. We're not going to hear evidence and facts of how people are better off," Ryan said.
While Mitt Romney took a break from the trail both the president and vice president pushed their message hard in front of workers in Toledo and Detroit.
"America is better off today,” Vice President Joe Biden said. “I got a little bumper sticker for you: Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!"
Both Democrats praised the union workers they spoke before, an effort to shore up the support of the crucial section of their base, after angering them by holding the Democratic National Convention in a "right to work" state where workers cannot be required to join a union.
President Barack Obama said, "When they're trying to pass so called right to work laws that really mean right to work for less and less, you should know this isn't about economics, this is about politics."
The president was also sure to remind the labor force of his auto bailout bill.
"I believed in you. I bet on you. I'll make that bet any day of the week," Obama said.
Congressman Ryan will continue efforts to counteract all of the attention democrats are sure to get this week. He will also stump in Ohio Tuesday and then in Iowa.
Ryan said, "We can elect Mitt Romney the next president of the United States so we can get America back on track."
Still this week, the airwaves belong to the Democrats. The president also plans to take advantage of it promising Americans a better plan than Mitt Romney presented during the GOP convention.