Nightly News | September 26, 2012
>>> good evening, i'm savannah guthrie in tonight for brian. there are few things that are guaranteed in presidential elections, but one thing is almost always certain. every four years, the state of ohio will be a battleground, hot licon tested for its trove of electoral votes and the way it has of picking the winner. tonight, the candidates are in ohio as the news shows that the win could be slipping away for the republican challenger. ron allen has more.
>> reporter: good evening to you, savannah, mitt romney just wrapped up an event here, the third of the day. he has really been trying to pick up the pace , spending more time here in ohio than any other state. at every campaign stop, mitt romney has hit the same theme. i care about you.
>> these are tough times, even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america.
>> reporter: as new polls show ohio slipping away . romney down by ten points in a new poll out this morning, and nearly that in another recent poll. after that video of romney talking badly about the 47% who pay no income tax. today, from romney , more compassion in a new minute-long tv ad .
>> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them.
>> reporter: romney 's problem is historic, nobody has won the white house without winning ohio , romney sounded optimistic today in an interview with nbc news.
>> can you win ohio ?
>> i'm going to win ohio , in part because i have for support of people in ohio .
>> reporter: but the problem, obama is here, too, today, his 29th visit since taking office, and not letting anybody forget that other number, 47%.
>> i don't believe we get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as victims who never take responsibility for their lives.
>> reporter: the president stopped at campuses, ralliy young supporters. such a crucial day, both men took the stage at almost the same time this afternoon, and almost crossed paths as president obama headed to kent state , and romney to toledo.
>> if you're registered, you can start to vote in six days. and this is important because you have a big choice to make.
>> reporter: romney got support from golfing legend jack nicklaus . and romney zeroed in on an issue he believes he can exploit.
>> in my opinion, it is immoral to pass on obligations like that to the next generation.
>> reporter: for his part, romney is reminding voters that the economy is improving, that the economy is below the national average, because of the auto bailout. more reasons why this could be a tough state for romney .
>> all right, in toledo, ohio tonight, thank you.