Cleveland, Ohio (CNN) – As President Barack Obama found himself literally on opposite sides of Mitt Romney Thursday – the rivals were campaigning on either ends of battleground Ohio – he sought to frame the election as a choice between two dramatically disparate views on how to fix the economy.
"What's holding us back is a stalemate in Washington of two fundamentally different views of which direction America should take. This election is your chance to break that stalemate," Obama said.
At only his second official campaign event this cycle, Obama told a vocal crowd gathered at Cuyahoga Community College that November "is not simply a choice between two candidates or two political parties, but between two paths for our country."
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(CNN) - Mitt Romney's return to New Hampshire isn't going unnoticed by the super PAC supporting President Barack Obama, which will air a television spot in the state slamming the Republican presidential candidate for his tenure as a venture capitalist.
Priorities USA Action will air the spot Friday as Romney returns to New Hampshire to kick off his six-state, five-day bus tour. Romney's first stop will be at the farm in Stratham where he officially declared his presidential bid last June.
The Priorities USA Action spot highlights the New Hampshire-based company Holson Burnes, which was acquired by Romney's firm Bain Capital and later shut down.
"When Mitt Romney visits New Hampshire, remember his record," text in the ad declares.
On Thursday President Obama travels to Cleveland to make a campaign speech on the economy before heading to New York City to raise some money and pay a visit to the cite of the World Trade Center Memorial.
First in Cleveland, Obama will Cuyahoga Community College. Here's how the campaign describes his event:
"In his remarks, the President will outline the choice in this election: between a vision for moving our country forward, ensuring that our economy is built to last and restoring economic security for the middle class, and Mitt Romney's vision, based on the same failed economic policies that brought on the worst crisis since the Great Depression. Romney Economics is familiar and troubling: more budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy; fewer rules for Wall Street – the same formula that benefited a few, but that crashed our economy and devastated the middle class."
The president is not expected to roll out any large new economic proposals, instead look for him to reiterate his depiction of Romney's economic record both as a businessman and as governor of Massachusetts.
In New York, the president and Michelle Obama will visit the WTC site. The president will also attend some fundraisers before heading back to DC.
Here's what the White House has to say about the president's trip to NYC:
"While in New York City, the President and the First Lady will visit the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's World Trade Center site, and receive a briefing on construction progress. The visit will be a preview of the One World Trade Center topping-off ceremony, which will symbolize the near-completion of the iconic building's framework.
"In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at two campaign events. The First Lady will also deliver remarks at the second campaign event. Both will be print pool for remarks only."
Here's the president's schedule as released by the White House: