In New Hampshire, Obama cast the choice on Election Day as one between two fundamentally different approaches to the government's responsibility to its citizens. His approach of portraying Romney's tax and economic plans as a giveaway to the rich was familiar, but seemed to have a particularly sharp bite.
"They've been trying to sell this trickle-down snake oil before," he told his audience in Windham. "It did not work then. It will not work now. It will not reduce the deficit, it will not create jobs. It's the wrong direction for America."
In Massachusetts, Romney told reporters on Martha's Vineyard that he wishes he could spend more time campaigning in competitive states but must raise money at a furious pace because Obama broke all barriers four years ago.
"That's the challenge with a president who blew through the federal spending limits," he said. "Campaigns now have to spend a disproportionate amount of time fundraising. You appreciate all the help you get, but you wish you could spend more time on the campaign trail."
Asked if campaigns ads are not already saturating the airwaves in swing states, Romney replied, "80-some-odd days to go."
His staff estimated Romney will raise nearly $7 million from fundraising events held Friday and Saturday in Boston, Long Island and the Massachusetts resort areas of Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and Nantucket.
Romney took a 10-minute break from fundraising Saturday to shake hands and pose for pictures at Millie's Restaurant in Nantucket, Mass.
Romney bought ice cream for several staff members, shook hands with adults and stroked a baby's head.
Alec Gavenda, 13, of Summit, N.J., marched up to Romney and introduced himself and his family to the candidate, who asked several questions about the vacationing group.
Greg Gavenda, 12, told Romney, "my brother has Down Syndrome," to which Romney smiled and said softly, "I figured that."
The boys' father, T.J. Gavenda, told the former governor, "We just ordered our Romney-Ryan yard sign."
But as the campaign entourage left the restaurant, a less-friendly man shouted demands that Romney release five years of personal tax returns.
Although Romney was governor of Massachusetts, he's conceded that Obama's almost certain to win the state in November.
Ryan, too, took a break — to raise money. At an evening reception on Florida's Treasure Island, Ryan drew a crowd of 200 people and raised another $1 million.
Speaking to donors who paid as much as $50,000 to have dinner with him, Ryan compared the United States with Europe, where a financial crisis has led to cuts in benefits for retirees. He said lawmakers there delayed action even though they saw impending problems, and seniors paid the price.
"They ran out of road to kick the can down, and now they have a debt crisis," Ryan said.
Ryan warned the same could happen here if the country doesn't get its hands around its own affairs.
Ryan's stop Saturday at the gated retirement cluster known as The Villages was familiar ground for presidential candidates. Florida has the highest concentration of voters over 65 in the country, with some 17 percent of Floridians fall into that group. Betty Ryan Douglas spends part of her year in Broward County's Lauderdale-by-the-Sea community and has been registered to vote in Florida since 1997.
Kuhnhenn reported from Rochester, N.H. Associated Press writer Charles Babington in West Tisbury, Mass., and Calvin Woodward in Washington contributed to this report.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.