Both campaigns faced another potential turning point with the release of Friday's government report on unemployment for September. Joblessness was measured at 8.1 percent in August and economists predicted that employers added 111,000 jobs last month, up from the 96,000 jobs added in August. The jobless rate was expected to tick up slightly from 8.1 percent.
Following Friday's release of unemployment figures there is only one more jobless report left before Election Day.
The next presidential debate is not until Oct. 16, a town hall style meeting at Hofstra University in New York, giving both sides ample opportunities to blanket battleground states and raise money for the final weeks of television advertising.
Both Romney and Obama unveiled new ads in swing states Thursday, with Obama suggesting that Romney couldn't be trusted with the presidency and the Republican accusing the president of supporting a large tax increase on middle-class families.
Romney repeated the claim at a Thursday evening rally in Fishersville, Va., saying his opponent would raise taxes on the middle class. "I don't want to raise taxes on anybody," he said.
Romney's campaign was releasing three new ads on Friday, offering a window into his strategy for the coming week. One, called "Facts Are Clear," focuses on the national debt and accuses Obama of wasting trillions of dollars instead of creating jobs. A second spot features Greg Anthony, a former professional basketball player who's from Nevada, talking about his roots in that state and backing Romney.
The third spot is titled, simply, "Ohio Jobs." It features Romney looking straight at the camera to talk to voters from the Midwestern battleground state seen as critical to his White House hopes.
Obama's team was countering with an ad targeting Romney's tax plan, accusing him of planning to raise taxes on the middle class. The ad was airing in seven battleground states.