APOPKA, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney is spending a second day campaigning in Florida -- drawing on the success of his debate performance, and carrying a populist message.
Romney told supporters last night, "These are tough years for the middle class and the poor in America." He has a rally set for this afternoon in Port St. Lucie.
President Barack Obama is on a California fundraising trip after a couple of days of upbeat news -- the Friday jobs report showing the unemployment rate down to 7.8 percent, and the September totals that showed that his campaign and the Democrats raised $181 million for the month.
The numbers may give Obama a lift after a lackluster debate against Mitt Romney. Even a top Obama campaign adviser, Robert Gibbs, concedes that Romney delivered a "masterful, masterful performance." But Gibbs tells ABC that he doesn't think Romney's positions -- or the campaign itself -- have changed.
117-a-14-(David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama's campaign, in interview)-"an adjustment for"-President Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod says he knows President Barack Obama will be ready to refute Mitt Romney's statements during the next debate. COURTESY: CBS' 'Face the Nation' ((mandatory on-air credit)) (7 Oct 2012)
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106-a-11-(Ed Gillespie, senior adviser, Romney campaign, in interview)-"to respond to"-Romney campaign senior adviser Ed Gillespie says Mitt Romney clearly presented the facts in the debate to explain why his plans are better than President Obama's. COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (7 Oct 2012)
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APPHOTO WHMC102: President Barack Obama leaves the White House in Washington for a campaign trip to Los Angeles, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (7 Oct 2012)
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APPHOTO FLCD103: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets out of his vehicle before he boards his campaign plane in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (7 Oct 2012)
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