As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned on job creation Wednesday in Ohio, incumbent Barack Obama told his followers to “stay focused” and that he was “too polite” to Romney during the recent presidential debate.
For his part, Romney spent a second day in Ohio building on post-debate momentum that propelled him into the lead in national polls, according to an AP report.
Romney is trying to parlay his national surge into similar gains in key battleground states like Ohio, Florida, Virginia and North Carolina.
"I think it's fair to say we will see a little more activity at the next one," Obama said in a radio interview.
Meanwhile, Romney attended a town-hall style debate to prepare for the next presidential debate at New York's Hofstra University by taking questions from voters at an Ohio manufacturing plant. "I spent my life working, working in enterprises. I understand how jobs come and why they go," Romney said. "I want to bring it back. I want to use that skill and that knowledge to get America working again."
Obama said the race was bound to be close after Americans have "just gone through four really tough years."
Obama’s running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, recently said middle class Americans have been “buried” during the last four years, causing a stir in the Obama camp.
Romney did not attempt to explain his debate performance in Ohio, choosing instead to stay on message.
"My whole passion is about helping the American people who are struggling right now," Romney said after his town hall rally in Ohio. "That's what this is about. The president says he's for the middle class. How have they done under his presidency? Not so well. I want to help the middle class get good jobs and better take-home pay. I know how to do that."