NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The race for the White House has entered a new phase -- now that it's two on two.
Both campaigns are taking the divide and conquer route, heading separately to key battleground states in an effort to win votes.
Mitt Romney's bus tour rolls in to the key swing state of Ohio for a lunchtime coal event while his running mate heads to Colorado - for an early afternoon rally in Lakewood.
It was a face off in the Hawkeye state.
With dueling campaigns trying to paint the other guy as bad for the middle class and the economy.
"So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities," said President Barack Obama
The President won Iowa back in 2008 but the latest polls show it's up for grabs this time around, and that's why he's criss-crossing the state for two more days.
Paul Ryan on his first solo campaign stop since being added to the Romney ticket was met by a small group of hecklers at the Iowa state fair.
"As you see the President come through on his bus tour you might ask him the same question I getting asked all over America and that is where are the jobs Mr. President?" said Rep. Paul Ryan, Vice Presidential Candidate.
Mitt Romney on his own in Florida -- played up similarities in his budget plan versus Ryan.
"My plan for Medicare is very similar to his plan for Medicare which is do not change the program for current retirees or near retirees but do not do what the president has done and that is to cut 700 billion dollars out of the current program," said Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidate.
The Medicare portion of Ryan's budget has come under heavy fire from democrats who say he's proposing a voucher system that could mean higher costs for seniors.