Nightly News | September 13, 2012
>> reporter: today, the president called to thank them for protecting the embassy there, clearly in contrast.
>>> and on the battle ground common wealth of virginia, mitt romney backed away from his direct attacks against obama and egypt, and delivered a more subtle image.
>> the world needs leadership, i intend to be the leadership that provides the leadership that keeps us admired throughout the world.
>> and as we turn here into politics, as we mentioned at the very top of the broadcast, we have new post- political convention polling numbers we are debuting here on nightly news tonight. they show some interesting movement in the battle ground states . our political director, chuck todd , with us and numbers from d.c. good evening.
>> reporter: good evening, well, evidence, let's start in the state of virginia , where mitt romney was today. there, the president, 49.5, a 5% lead, in ohio, on the way to 270 electoral votes , the president has a 17-point lead. and down to the state of florida , this is the biggest surprise happening in the last complain of weeks, something insiders have been excited about in the party. the president has opened a five-point lead. you see the president hitting 49 or 50, his job approval rating hits 49 or 50. the other interesting thing, the right track, wrong track numbers, for the first time since we tested in the polls, the right track is 49%, as you know an important number to gauge whether or not a president can win an election. there is an improvement on how people feel the country is going. some democrats say that is the clinton bump, referring to bill clinton 's speech.
>> and some of the numbers are ahead of the wildest dreams of the democratic campaigners.
>> reporter: they are, the candidate that wins two of these three will have to keys to pennsylvania avenue .
>> all right, chuck todd from our d.c. news room with the numbers.