Nightly News | September 09, 2012
>>> virtually neck and neck a new poll shows some day light has suddenly opened up between president obama and mitt romney . the president making a bounce in florida where he tried to pivot the conversation away from high unemployment and on to an area that he hopes to prove to be governor romney 's achilles heal. romney told our david gregory what part of the president's health care law he would like to keep in place. kristen welker joins us from west palm beach with more on all of that as well as what has to be the picture of the day.
>> reporter: good evening to you. we will get to that picture in a moment. the candidates over taxes and medicare as president obama opened up a lead in what has otherwise been a razor tight race. campaigning in florida today president obama tried to turn the focus to medicare .
>> i want you to know, florida , i will never turn medicare into a voucher.
>> reporter: the president is enjoying a post convention bump, the latest galup poll showing him up. romney disclosed he would preserve the most popular parts of the president's health care plan, something he said before but went into more detail today.
>> i'm not getting rid of all health care reform . there are a number of things that i like that i will put in place.
>> reporter: romney said he would allow individuals to add policies to cover family members up to any age and the candidates sparred over taxes. when asked to name a loop hole he targeted romney replied.
>> people at the high end , taxpayers will have fewer deductions.
>> reporter: he gave no further specifics opening the door for president obama to take a swipe.
>> that is not bold leadership. that's bad math. that gets a failing grade.
>> reporter: ann romney also entered defending her husband after a barrage of attacks from the left.
>> our life has always been devoted to those that are struggling more than we are. and i was grateful for the opportunity we had at the convention for others to speak up and talk about the kind of lives we have led in particular.
>> reporter: saturday night a little bit of fun on the trail when the birther issue came up again, this time inside a sports bar in orlando and brought up by the president himself.
>> you have a birth certificate?
>> yes, sir.
>> reporter: and continued today when the president stopped by a florida pizza shop and the owner gave him an unexpected lift. back on the campaign trail this week in the big battleground states one more point former president bill clinton will be stopping here in florida .
>> i have to ask you about that hug there in the pizza parlor . that was first seen as a still photo . people expressing surprise someone can get that physical with the president. what is the back story here?
>> reporter: officials with the secret service won't go into a lot of detail except say people touch the president all the time. that pizza shop owner asked if they were puturbed and they told him no as long as he didn't take the president away. he has been recognized for his blood donor organization. he voted for president obama in 2008 and plans to do so again this year.
>> kristen welker, thank you.
>>> on the trail in florida .