(CBS News) President Obama spent the final Friday of the campaign stumping before crowds of 3,000 and 4,000 in high school gyms and a converted barn in the critical swing state of Ohio. The president will return to Ohio Saturday morning and the Obama camp says their commitment on the ground in Ohio is not an indication that they are nervous about losing the battleground state, but is simply an acknowledgement that it is a must-win state for both sides.
Campaign officials say the large rallies that characterized his 2008 campaign -- crowds of 40,000 in Indiana -- are scheduled for this weekend.
In the last three days of the race, the president is holding three events in Ohio, two events in Wisconsin, and two in Iowa. Obama will also take part in events in Virginia, New Hampshire, Florida, and Colorado before heading to Chicago to watch the returns on Election Day.
On the trail, Mr. Obama took advantage of new jobs numbers out on Friday, which showed the country created more jobs than expected last month.
"This morning, we learned that companies hired more workers in October than at anytime in the last eight months," the president said Friday.
At all three of his Ohio campaign stops, Obama went after a Romney ad that suggests Jeep is moving jobs from Ohio to China.
"Folks who work at the Jeep plant have been having to call up their employers because they're worried," Obama said. "Of course it turns out it's not true. The car companies themselves have told Governor Romney to knock it off. Knock it off, that's what they said!"
The Obama campaign believes the ad will be Romney's undoing in Ohio, where it's gotten a lot of attention.
Saturday, November 3, 2012