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Nightly News   |  October 07, 2012

30-day countdown: Debate pumps up Republicans

The presidential race heated up as Mitt Romney continued his assault of President Obama’s record in Florida, saying that a 7.8 percent unemployment rate is nothing to celebrate. NBC’s Ron Mott reports.

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>> thanks. don't look now, but we're just 30 days out from the election, and after some potentially game-changing moments for both campaigns this past week, each is now looking to seize a momentum as they hit their home stretch. our team has it all covered. we begin with nbc's ron motte. ron, good evening.

>> home here in chilly wisconsin tonight getting ready for a big week of his political career, topping it off thursday with a debate against vice president joe biden .

>> we don't want four more years like the last four years.

>> reporter: one day ahead of a major foreign policy speech in virginia, today mitt romney continued assaulting the president's domestic record at a rally in st. lucy, florida.

>> i have an opportunity for america right now that's going to get this economy going and create jobs, jobs and more jobs. 12 million jobs, to be specific.

>> reporter: earlier, republican surrogates like newt gingrich were out in force on four leading political shows saying the president's debate performance and the administration's response to the latest jobs report.

>> the unemployment report has fallen to its lowest since i took office.

>> when you have a white house celebrating a 7.8% unemployment record tells a lot about the failed add mministratiadministration's policies.

>> they had full charge of the first two years, and the policies this president put in place actually made it worse. the middle class is being buried under this administration.

>> reporter: meantime, paul ryan enjoyed a mostly leisurely sunday. making a trip to the pumpkin patch with his family.

>> how are you feeling about the debate?

>> what debate?

>> nbc news, wisconsin.

>>> i'm kristin welker traveling with the president after celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary with the first lady last night. the president is in california to