Nightly News | September 22, 2012
>>> 45 days to go before the election. in some states, voters are already making their choices. as of today in 25 states it's possible to vote early. either in person or through an absentee ballot. with time slipping auh wa wayaway, some republicans are voicing concerns about what they see as a downhill slide in the romney campaign. ron mott is traveling with paul ryan who was campaigning in florida today . good evening.
>> reporter: hey, kate. good evening. for weeks now a lot of republicans have been urging the romney campaign to take off the gloves and get aggressive against president obama including sarah palin today. that's the tone paul ryan brought to florida. today president obama rallied for support in wisconsin, home turf for mitt romney 's running mate paul ryan .
>> we succeed when the middle class gets bigger, when it feels greater security, when everybody's got a chance to climb into that middle class .
>> reporter: the latest nbc news/le wall street journal poll has mr. obama at the coveted 50% threshold, five points ahead of governor romney in the badger state. there are concerns this week about the romney campaign prompting wisconsin governor scott walker to urge effective use of the ticket's number two.
>> it's not necessarily a frustration over the way paul ryan has been used but in the larger context i haven't seen that kind of passion i know that paul has to transfer over to our nominee.
>> reporter: for his part congressman ryan pivoted away from the standard stump speech and took a turn to his comfort zone in florida -- pie charts and numbers -- taking the white house to task for running up the nation's debt and pushing for fiscal restraint.
>> if president obama admits he cannot change washington then we need to change presidents.
>> reporter: earlier the vice presidential candidate appealed to hispanic voters in miami with former florida governor jeb bush . appearing on his heels after missteps over the past two weeks , mr. romney seems determined to change the conversation. in an interview set to air sunday on "60 minutes" the former massachusetts governor is quizzed about whether he can engineer a campaign turnaround.
>> it did you want need a turnaround. we have a campaign tied to the incumbent president of the united states .
>> reporter: friday he released his 2011 tax return. he didn't claim deductions he was entitled to which could have lowered his rate to less than 10%. the romney campaign said it allowed him to fulfill a pledge that he'd never paid less than 13%. now the focus shifts to october 3 rd, the first of three presidential debates . ahead of the first debate paul ryan and mitt romney are hitting the road through ohio, a state they hope to win but a state where they are trailing the president at the moment.
>> ron mott on the trail for us tonight in orlando.