POSTED: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 4:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — President Obama is once again focusing his campaign efforts, where he made history in 2008 as the first Democrat to win the state in generations.
If he does it again this year, he could lose swing states like Florida and Ohio and still win reelection.
During a campaign stop he demanded Congress keep tax rates the same for everyone, except the wealthy.
"Now, the Republicans disagree with me on this. Mr. Romney disagrees with me on this....and I'm looking forward to having a debate, because if you say you want to bring down the deficit but you're not willing to let tax cut lapse for the top 2%. It tells me you're not serious about deficit reduction," he said.
To help the president former President Clinton pressured Mitt Romney to release tax returns that might show he shielded income overseas.
"The voters can make up their own mind about whether they think it's a good thing to -- for a person who wants to be president to minimize his own tax liability by putting the money in overseas tax shelters," Clinton pointed out.
Team Romney fired back.
"When they want to talk about bank accounts, let's talk about bank accounts. Let's talk about the bank accounts of the American worker, who right now is trying to figure out how to make ends meet," countered RNC spokesman Sean Spicer.
Romney charged, in a letter to the president, printed by Virginia's largest paper:
"Your insistence on slashing our military to pay the tab for your irresponsible spending could ... shut the doors on factories and shipyards...and potentially shutter Virginia military bases."
A tough fight for a state that could be key in November.
Virginia polls put the president ahead by a bit, and Friday's National Pew Research polls finds Romney falling behind on the issue of who's best for the economy.