Nightly News | September 07, 2012
>>> this is peter alexander in nashua, new hampshire. reenergized and confident, mitt romney storms back on to the campaign trial in iowa today, looking to capitalize on the weak jobs numbers that he criticized as disappointing and disheartening.
>> it's been 43 straight months above 8%. there are today 23 million americans that are out of work or stopped looking for work or are underemployed. it's a national tragedy.
>> reporter: if last night was the party, romney said, this morning was the hangover. and while romney says he didn't watch the president's speech, today he blasted his opponent for failing to do what he said he would.
>> in fact, i can think of very few of the promises that he made four years ago that he has kept.
>> reporter: romney 's weighted in as well. his running mate paul ryan on cnbc.
>> this is not what president obama promised. i would argue this is the result of failed leadership in washington, bad fiscal policy coming from the administration.
>> i should tell you that i feel right at home.
>> reporter: ann romney targeting women in the battleground state of virginia.
>> more women are unemployed now than men. more women are wondering every day how are they going to make the bills and all those payments they've got piling up.
>> reporter: and to launch its two-month sprint to election day , the romney campaign is airing more than a dozen new ads.
>> we're not better off under president obama .
>> reporter: in eight key states, all of which the president won in 2008 . notably absent, michigan, pennsylvania, and paul ryan 's home of wisconsin. but the campaign insists it still considers those states to be winnable. and i spoke to a top romney adviser late this afternoon and asked if that weak jobs number would be something they focus on over the next several days. that adviser said it would be a focus for the campaign, brian, over the next 60 days. another significant focus going forward preparing for next month's critical debate. the campaign knows that will be their next chance to speak to a major accident.
>> peter alexander on the trail and kristen welker before that.