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US Election Updates - September 26, 2012

Romney and Ryan set off on Ohio bus tour

Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan launched a two-day bus tour of Ohio on Tuesday in a bid to boost their chances in the crucial battleground state.

The Republican nominees for president and vice president took to the campaign trail together for the first time in more than three weeks.

The move has been described by Republican aides as a more aggressive form of campaigning and comes after Romney spent much of the past few weeks fundraising rather than holding public rallies.

Romney maintained his argument that Democratic President Barack Obama's policies are hampering a full recovery of the American economy.

He added that Obama has been too soft on curbing Chinese trade practices that have led to cheap goods flooding the U.S. market and affecting American jobs.

Romney's stance on China has been central to his bid for the White House though Obama’s team has responded with television ads accusing Romney of outsourcing jobs to China during his time as a private equity executive at Bain Capital.

The Romney campaign is hoping their message will resonate with voters in Ohio, where a Washington Post poll indicated the incumbent led his Republican rival by 52 to 44 percent.

Ohio's unemployment rate in July sat at 7.2 percent, better than the national level of 8.1 percent.

It will be difficult for Romney to win the November 6 election without Ohio, where the Obama-backed government bailout of the auto industry saved thousands of jobs.