POSTED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 5:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — In the last 24 hours the presidential campaign has shifted into overdrive as the candidates fan out to the most hotly contested states.
The President will join forces with the First Lady on his last day of campaigning in the Hawkeye state today while Mitt Romney heads to North Carolina and his running mate doubles down in the crucial Buckeye state with its 18 electoral votes.
From a coal mine in Ohio - to a wind farm in Iowa and as far west as Las Vegas, Nevada - the campaign has gotten heated.
On day two of his bus tour through Iowa - President Obama talked up wind power and rallied against Romney's economic plan. "We don't think it's a plan to reduce the deficit. It's certainly not a plan to create jobs and to help families right now," said President Barack Obama.
The new Republican V.P. contender, Paul Ryan, was in Las Vegas blasting the President's leadership on the economy. "The unemployment rate? I had to read this number three times. 11.6 percent in Nevada. You deserve better than that. You deserve jobs in your economy," said Rep. Paul Ryan, (R) Vice Presidential Candidate.
In Virginia, Vice President Biden stirred up the pot -- trying to say that Romney would favor big banks over the interests of Main Street.
An outraged Romney campaign called it a new low.
Biden had this response, "The last time these guys unshackled the economy, to use their term, they put the middle class in shackles. That's how we got where we are," said the Vice President.
On the final stop of his four day bus tour --Romney came out swinging against Obama's Affordable Care Act and warned of Medicare's vulnerability: "He is taking your money to finance his risky and unproven takeover of the health-care system. He is putting Medicare at greater risk," said Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Candidate.
Energy policy, Medicare and the economy all hot topics on the campaign trail this week.