Polls Show Romney Behind Obama in Battleground States

President pulls ahead in key regions with 41 days to go.
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The race for the white house now. "Your voice, your vote." And a bunch of new polls show mitt romney has his back to the wall with just 41 days to go. Abc's david muir starts us off from ohio this morning. Good morning, david. Reporter: Great to see you. And the new poll numbers you speak of have daunting numbers for mitt romney. Down, trailing the president by ten points in ohio. Nine points behind the president in florida. Both states he desperately needs. That's why romney is here in ohio today. But so is the president. Dueling rallies in the battlegrounds. Together for the first time in more than a month, mitt romney and paul ryan looking to stop the president's lead in ohio. No republican has won the white house without it. In front of that ohio crowd, what appeared to be a sudden shift from romney, in one of his key arguments. After repeatedly saying president obama raised taxes during his first term. The president has now raised taxes on the middle class. He's raised taxes on middle-income americans. Reporter: Suddenly, romney was saying the president hasn't raised taxes. He has one, new idea. One thing he did not do in his first four years. He said he's going to do in the next four years, which is to raise taxes. Reporter: Romney's comments made immediate headlines that the president has not raised income tax rates in his first term. He is proposing raising rates on families making $250,000 more or. The romney campaign, saying that's what he was talking about. And governor romney trying to manage expectations about his big moment. One week from tonight, the first debate with the president. The president is an eloquent speaker. Reporter: His wife, ann, talking about the last time romney ran. Four years ago, I made a videotape. And I said, mitt, this is for you, sweetheart. I'm never doing this again. And he looked at it. And he said, you know, ann, you say that after every pregnancy. Reporter: Some humor from ann romney overnight. This campaign tells me they believe the race, particularly here in ohio, is closer than these polls indicate. But they need a game-changing moment, george. They acknowledge that. And it could come one week from tonight. As I mentioned, the debate. But you heard mitt romney overnight trying to manage expectations in the days leading up to it. Let's get more from our newest political analyst,

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