Romney hopes momentum lingers in Fla. - NBCNews.com
>> one month from today we'll be coming on the air counting down to the poll closings. the month to go mark in a race that's taken potential game changing twist this week. mitt romney 's strong debate performance and yesterday's timely drop in the nation's unemployment rate . these are critical days on every level from fund-raising to how the candidates define themselves and each other to an electorate that is now fully engaged and focused. our andrea mitchell is standing by with analysis, but first nbc's peter alexander on the campaign trail in florida tonight. good evening.
>> reporter: with one month to go, mitt romney is trying to capture the energy, with more enthusiastic crowds and a simpler message.
>> thank you.
>> reporter: after weeks that reenergized republicans and reinvigorated the race, president obama is trying to blunt mitt romney 's momentum embracing friday's encouraging economic news.
>> we learned that the unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since i took office. more americans are entering the workforce. more americans are getting jobs.
>> but romney hasn't ceded any ground, attacking failed policies that have stifled growth.
>> the participation of our adults in the workforce were the same as at the time he got elected our unemployment rate would be 11%.
>> reporter: both are touting the fund-raising tallies. $181 million for obama in september, the most for either side this year. with romney collecting more than 12 million following the debate.
>> both sides will have a tremendous amount of money down the final stretch of this campaign, particularly that obama $181 million. that's going to allow them potentially to compete almost one to one with all of that republican outside money .
>> reporter: still, romney is facing lingering questions about some of his recent assertions.
>> number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.
>> reporter: including his argument that his health care plan would cover people who already have medical problems. that decision would be left to the state. that explanation was quickly picked up by president obama at a rally in northern virginia friday.
>> governor romney was fact-checked by his own campaign.
>> reporter: to counter opponents' effort as an out of touch executive, romney shifted to tell more of his own life story , including his friendship with a 14-year-old diagnosed with leukemia.
>> there's a saying, clear eyes, full heart, can't lose. david couldn't lose. i love that young man.
>> justin, this is actually ann romney calling.
>> reporter: today ann visited phone banks in florida .
>> i've been getting a lot of feedback about the debate?
>> reporter: and looking to replicate his performance in the first debate, mitt romney is not wasting any time preparing for the second, squaring off against his sparring partner, his running mate paul ryan is preparing for this week's vice presidential debate and he is back home in wisconsin.
>> peter alexander on the trail tonight in florida . thanks. let's