Nightly News | September 24, 2012
>>> good evening, if the race for president seems to have an urgency not fully supported by the calendar, then think of it this way. there are roughly a thousand hours to go before the election. every day and moment counts for the incumbent president and the man trying to unseat him. while both men have squared off in separate interviews over the last 24 hours , the first debate is still a week away. and coming off a bad week, the romney campaign is anxious for traction. we begin tonight with chuck todd , our white house political correspondent.
>> reporter: undeterred by a recent rocky stretch, mitt romney campaigned in colorado, insisting all is well with his campaign.
>> we'll win, polls go up, some down.
>> reporter: it is an aggressive attack, answering questions about whether or not the recent middle east uprising gave him any doubt about the arab spring.
>> it is the right thing to do to align ourselves with democracy. and i was certain and continue to be certain that there will be bumps in the road.
>> reporter: romney seized on the phrase "bumps in the road".
>> we just had an ambassador killed, egypt, and the race for the president, ran is on the edge of problems. pakistan, i don't consider these bumps in the road.
>> reporter: the white house dismissed the criticism.
>> there is a rather certain desperate attempt to grasp it, words and in that case that is profound.
>> reporter: the campaign unveiled a new attack, the tv ads, releasing mitt romney 's political tax returns with the remark that 47% of middle americans don't pay taxes.
>> he wouldn't release his taxes for 2010 , maybe instead of attacking others for taxes, romney should come clean on his.
>> reporter: the president traveled for meetings at the united nations . but the first effort, a meeting with the first lady. the appearance and the slimmed down schedule included no one-on-one meetings with other world leaders .
>> the fact of the matter is, the president does not wait for an annual meeting to have consultations with the foreign leaders, and it will continue.
>> reporter: you know, brian, by contrast with 2004 , the president had multiple meetings in india, iraq and afghanistan, that election was about national security .
>> seems they should take advantage of the city being shut down for a couple of days, chuck todd with us.