When GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan cruise through Ohio on a bus tour this week, Democrats will be close behind on a bus of their own.
The Democratic National Committee announced their competing tour on Saturday as Ryan prepares to kick off the three-day swing in Lima, Ohio on Monday.
Ryan will continue on to Cincinnati, the Romney-Ryan campaign said Thursday, and Romney will then pick up the tour with stops in Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo.
The GOP tour will be branded the "Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class" tour, his campaign said.
The counter-tour, organized by the Democratic National Committee, will include as a central theme comments Romney made at a fundraiser last spring which were posted online Monday.
In the secretly recorded fundraiser, Romney said 47% of the electorate is dependent on government services and sees themselves as victims.
Democrats will ask "who is Mitt Romney talking about," according to a DNC press release.
"Did he mean seniors who worked their whole lives and now live on a fixed income? Was he talking about servicemen and women and veterans who have fought for our country? Maybe he meant students who are working to build a better future for themselves? Or was it people who have fallen on hard times and are looking for work? These are the people Mitt Romney says are looking for a hand out," the release read.
The Democrats' messaging will also tie in Romney's own taxes, on which the candidate shed some additional light with a release of documents on Friday.
Former Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio will make stops on the DNC tour, the release said, adding that additional speakers would be announced soon.
This summer, Democrats rolled their bus behind Romney, arguing at stops in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia that the GOP candidate was throwing "the middle class under the bus."
The Romney-Ryan bus tour will begin with just 43 days remaining before November 6. The GOP ticket had faced criticism from some Republicans that the candidate needed to spend more time in front of voters and on the stump.
The latest CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio shows President Barack Obama holds an advantage over Romney, 49% - 44%. The Poll of Polls includes three surveys taken in the Buckeye State since September 9.
While President George W. Bush won the state in both 2000 and 2004, Obama turned it blue in 2008, edging out Sen. John McCain there by nearly five points.