With their final debates out of the way, both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are ramping up their campaign schedule and while their paths may not cross again before Election Day in two weeks, they'll be covering much of the same turf. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
Nevada, Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Florida. Those nine states are all considered toss-ups before the presidential election in two weeks. And President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney could very well hit all of them before Election Day.
Expect repeated trips to the battleground states as they will all but certainly determine who is president for the next four years. There, both teams are wielding the same kitchen-sink strategy: knock the other guy down, boost yourself and limit your specifics.
Obama has a glossy new booklet, for instance, offered to counter criticism that he's unveiling no new agenda, although a close look from NY1 shows nothing he hasn't mentioned before.
Romney, meanwhile, has yet to outline what tax deductions he'd eliminate to balance the budget, which is at the center of his agenda.
Both sides are, of course focusing on voting, but that does not necessarily mean only on election day. They want people to take advantage of state laws that allow early voting. To inspire that, the president will become the first president to vote early when he casts his ballot this week in Illinois.
On the stump, Obama is jazzing up his base with lines about gay rights, immigration and abortion. He also draws cheers for a new riff on Romney's shifting positions, which he calls "Romnesia."
"If you say that you love American cars during a debate, you're a car guy," Obama said. "But you wrote an article titled 'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.' You definitely have a case of Romnesia."
The president also has a new 60-second ad that seemed like a closing argument. Romney has a new ad of his own out of Monday's debate, which was a foreign policy match-up that in many cases had the Republican agreeing on with Obama. As Romney stresses the economy, that niceness is now gone.
"His is a status quo candidacy," Romney said. "His is a message of going forward with the same policies of the last four years, and that's why his campaign is slipping and that's why ours is gaining so much steam."
Romney has surged to a tie in the popular vote but polls still have Obama narrowly ahead in the swing states.