With nearly seven months until the general election, President Barack Obama and likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney are now fully engaged in the campaign.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum is out of the race, giving Romney the chance to take on the president head on.
"The last thing we can afford to do right now is to go back to the same, worn-out, tired, uninspired, don't-work policies that got us into this mess in the first place," President Obama said recently on the campaign trail.
"We're going to have a choice between two paths," Romney fired back to his supporters. "One which is outlined by our president, which is a government-centered society where the government calls the shots."
Click play to watch Heather Sells' report, followed by comments from Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America.
The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 51 percent of Americans would choose the president if the elections were held now, compared to 44 percent for Romney.
There's also growing talk of a gender gap. The same poll found that women voters prefer President Obama over Romney.
Critics say the poll sampled more Democrats than Republicans. Nevertheless, the Romney campaign is already working to turn the tables.
"The real war on women has been waged by the Obama administration's failure on the economy," Romney claimed.
Meanwhile, Obama asked the secretaries of millionaires to join him for a press conference on the Buffett Rule, Wednesday.
The idea was to support billionaire Warren Buffet's claim that secretaries pay a higher tax rate than their wealthier bosses.
Obama called for, "An economy where everybody has a fair shot and is playing the same set of rules."
In the months ahead, the president will have to defend the ailing economy, controversial health care law, and original campaign themes of "hope" and "change" that some feel he failed to live up to.
Romney has equally daunting tasks. He must unify his party, build a strong general election campaign, and decide who he'll pick as a running mate.