Campaigns go on the offensive before 3rd debate

As Mitt Romney has gone up in the polls, the attacks have gotten sharper and more personal.
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(CBS News) BOCA RATON, Fla. - New fundraising figures out Saturday show this presidential race is on track to to be the first $1 billion campaign. Through the end of September, the Obama campaign raised a total of $558 million and the Romney campaign raised $357 million --and that's not including money raised by all the independent groups.

For now, both candidates are in seclusion, preparing for Monday's final debate in Boca Raton, Florida.

With just 17 days left until Election Day, the attacks have gotten sharper and more personal. And with both of the candidates doing debate prep, the vice president stepped in the void, and he kept slugging.

"I don't blame that baby for crying," said Vice President Joe Biden at an event in Florida. "That baby knows what's in store for him or her if Romney wins."

The vice president pulled out his "greatest hits," as he delivered montage of campaign attacks. "The president has a new term -- he calls it Romnesia," he said.

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Biden even brought out an old one: Romney's investment history.

"It's a lot more than a Swiss bank account, a lot more than his accounts in Grand Cayman Islands," he said. "It's about being out of touch."

The Obama campaign has mounted a furious assault as Romney has taken the lead in several national polls--Gallup's latest has him up by six.

Polls also show Romney's support growing in swing states.

"Pennsylvania, you are going to help us elect Mitt Romney the next president of the United States, aren't you?" GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan told an audience on Saturday.

Pennsylvania was leaning to the president, but Romney is gaining ground. Ryan made one of his first stops to the state, and campaign sources say they're considering spending money on television ads.

Later in battleground state Ohio, Ryan kept his remarks focused on big themes, his attacks centered on the president's policies.

"This is not just about jobs. It is not just about debt or the economy it is about the meaning of America," he said.

With less than three weeks to go, the biggest game changer of them all could be what happens Monday night--the third and final debate on foreign policy-- and it widely expected to be another monumental clash between the candidates.

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