POSTED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 5:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is wrapping up his bus tour of Ohio, a blue collar state that's must-win for him.
But despite Romney’s work there, Ohio may be moving out of reach, even with the help of Ohio native, Jack Nicklaus, who says he's laid off workers from his golf business.
“We can't afford four more years like the last four years. I know i sure can't,” said legendary golfer, Jack Nicklaus.
Romney can't afford more polls like Wednesday’s.
After he was caught on tape disparaging the 47% of Americans who pay no federal income tax, who, he said, feel like victims, Wednesday’s New York Times/ CBS poll finds Romney trailing President Obama.
He trails by 12 points in Pennsylvania, 9 in Florida, and by ten in Ohio.
Romney is fighting the perception by some voters that he's out of touch.
“I’ve been across this country, my heart aches for people I’ve seen,” said Romney.
Barack Obama was in Ohio too, talking less about his record and more about Romney.
"I don't think we can get very far with leaders who write off half nation as a bunch of victims,” said President Obama.
The auto bailout helps the president in Ohio, where unemployment is 7.2% better than most states.
“I need you to register to vote. I need you to start voting, 6 days from now on October 2nd,” President Obama said.
Early voting started last Friday in South Dakota.