Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took a moment from the heated campaign Thursday to seek a little spiritual support from Rev. Billy Graham.
That moment came as President Barack Obama and Romney crisscrossed the country in the run-up to their next big debate on Tuesday.
Since the president's poor debate performance in Denver last week, his campaign has been in damage control mode, accusing Romney of changing his positions.
On Thursday, in Florida, Obama accused the former governor of undergoing "an extreme makeover."
Still, Romney is gaining ground in key swing states with polls showing him gaining among likely Colorado voters.
In North Carolina, which Obama won four years ago, that battleground state is now trending Republican.
At a campaign event there, Romney fired back again at the president for focusing on Big Bird when millions of Americans are out of work.
"More people in poverty, one out of six Americans in poverty today, and against that kind of backdrop we have a president talking about saving Big Bird," Romney said. "I think it's about time we have a president who will talk about saving the American family and I will."
It was during that trip that Romney was able to spend some time visiting with Rev. Graham and his son Franklin at the evangelist's mountaintop home in North Carolina.
Graham told Romney, "I'll do all I can to help you," in the race for the White House.
And Romney told the 93-year-old Graham, "Prayer is the most helpful thing you can do for me."
Meanwhile, the first lady finished up a two-day campaign swing in Colorado. The president won Colorado in 2008 by a slim margin.
Michelle Obama echoed previous comments from her husband about Americans succeeding only because they get help from other Americans.
"We believe in an America where we all understand that none of us gets where we are on our own, none of us," she said. "That there are always a community of people lifting us up."