Nightly News | September 23, 2012
>>> back home just 44 days until americans go to the polls and it's going to be a crucial week of campaigning in the race for president. nationally polls show the race remains tied. but in several key swing states , mitt romney has started to fall behind and tonight some supporters are wanting him to fight harder.
>> reporter: looking to bounce back from a rough couple of weeks, the romney campaign is defiantly optimistic.
>> getting america back to work again, helping our people have the dignity of not just a job, but a good job with good pay. i will fight like the dickens to do that for every american.
>> reporter: romney was asked if his campaign needed repair.
>> we are tied with the incumbent president of the united states .
>> reporter: romney will jump-start the pace of his campaign this week. after his stop in colorado, romney and his running mate paul ryan launch a three-day bus tour tomorrow. in the battle ground of ohio, the president holds a five-point advantage.
>> you guys sound like you're fired up already.
>> obama is still trying to capitalize on romney 's comments from an unwanted video. many republicans believe romney needs to sharpen his tone.
>> i want to see fire in the belly.
>> reporter: democrats are already trying to fire up their base, challenging romney on his tax planning.
>> he hasn't been straight.
>> reporter: with several states allowing early votings, michelle obama called the right to vote the nation's most important civil rights issue.
>> this is the sit in of our day, sitting in a phone bank , sitting in your living room calling your friends, neighbors, that nephew you haven't seen in a while.
>> reporter: publicly both campaigns have been trying to lower expectations, even complimenting their opponents debating skills. the first debate is right here in denver.