Obama, Romney Aim for Early Voters Before First Debate

New campaign ads target early voters before next week's presidential debate.
3:00 | 09/27/12

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Your voice, your vote. And with 40 days to go, voters lined up in iowa, a big turnout for the start of early voting there. And it comes as the candidates are closing in on that first debate next wednesday. We got a previous of that faceoff today in the battleground of virginia. Abc's david muir has been traveling with the romney campaign, he's here now. With the clock ticking, romney recalibrating his message just a bit. Reporter: It could seem so. Noticeable changes on the trail. Romney using words we haven't heard from him before, saying, my heart aches when he hears stories of economic hardship. Pushing a compassionate side. Tonight, something else. Both candidates chasing each other today anyou're about to hear a real preview of the debate before they even get to the stage. Call it the duel before the debate. The president and mitt romney chasing each other across the same states. In virginia today, the president today making it clear what we're about to hear more of in theses final weeks. More about romney's comments about the 47%. I don't believe we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims, who never take responsibility for their own s. Reporter: While romney today making it clear he'll bring it back to the economy, firing back with new numbers just today, growth in this country slower than we thought. Look at the numbers that just came out on the growth of our economy. 1.3% versus russia at 4%. China at 7% to 8%. We're at 1.3%. This is unacceptable. Reporter: And both candidates, out with new ads, looking straight to camera, a direct appeal. Romney in a plaid shirt, no tie, looking to show a compassionate side. President obama and I both care about poor and middle class families. The difference is my policies will make things better for them. Reporter: And the president, that table behind him, with what he would say if invited to yours. When I took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month, and were mired in iraq. Today, I believe that as a nation we are moving forward Reporter: And just as romney tries to convince voters of empathy, an image from the campaign of a young romney, a missionary overseas, missing his girlfriend, ann. His hear then as romney works to show heart now. Hi heart aches for the people I've seen. I was, yesterday, with a woman who was emotional and she said, "look, I've been out of work since may." SHE WAS IN HER 50s. She said, I don't see any prospects. Reporter: The big debate less than a week away. The president is going to nevada for debate prep and governor romney is going to practice more this weekend. I did ask the governor about nerves, if he's worried. He said he's not. He's ready to draw the line, the differences between the two. But you know a lot is riding on this. Could be make or break. You'll be there next wednesday. Thank you, david. Now, to an explosive

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