President Barack Obama had reason to be confident as he headed into the final weekend before his first debate with Mitt Romney, while the Republican candidate is continuing to hammer the incumbent and insists that polls will change.
The president has reason to smile. A cautious smile, perhaps.
"I believe that as a nation, we are moving forward again," President Barack Obama said at a campaign event Friday.
Polls show Obama winning key swing states and top Republicans are grumbling that Mitt Romney is trailing in an election the GOP should be able to win.
But that could change next week.
President Obama and Romney will at last debate on Wednesday in Denver.
The Republican said that this match-up and others could provide the elusive antidote.
Tens of millions of voters will watch.
"They'll decide who can help their family, who will get the economy going in a way that it could be going and they'll make the decision based on what they believe is in the best interest of the country and their own family,” Romney said. “And I expect to be able to describe that in a way people with understand. And if they do, I get elected."
Earlier, the former Massachusetts governor was in Pennsylvania. He's trailing in polls there and admits it would be a “shock” if he wins.
But the military backdrop in Valley Forge gave Romney a fitting setting to critique Obama's foreign policy.
"The administration has characterized their foreign policy as leading from behind. I call that following,” said Romney. “It's time for America to lead and we will lead again."
President Obama differs. He hosted a trio of fundraisers in Washington D.C. on Friday.
Both the presidential candidate and the president spoke with the Israeli Prime Minister.
With some thinking that Obama is less than stellar with regards to Israel, Vice President Joe Biden vouched for him, nearly word for word in two South Florida appearances.
"I'm so proud to serve with Barack Obama,” said Biden in one Florida appearance, adding in the second appearance that no one “has done more for Israel's physical security than any president of the eight I've served."
Biden will debate Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, on Oct. 11.