President Obama and Mitt Romney on Saturday moved into battleground states where they are trying to convince must-needed voters each has a better plan to rescue Medicare and create more and better jobs – following a poor August unemployment report.

President Obama made his pitch at a college in St. Petersburg, Fla., — amid students concerned about finding jobs and seniors in the retirement mecca concerned about Medicare.

Romney first words upon taking the stage in Virginia Beach were directed at the jobs report.

“This was a week of not a lot of good news,” he told a crowd full of veterans at the Military Aviation Museum. “But I’m here to tell you things are going to get better by electing me as the next president.”

Though Obama never addressed the report, he said Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan’s plans to fix the economy “don’t add up to jobs.”