Mitt Romney suffers from 'Romnesia': President Barack Obama
'He's forgetting what his own positions are, and he's betting that you will too,' Obama tells a Virginia crowd.
By Jonathan Lemire / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, October 19, 2012, 6:57 PM
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Barack Obama's campaign has focused on the employment figures released
Friday showing the rate dropped last month in nearly all the
President Barack Obama rolled out a new attack line Friday, saying his Republican rival has “Romnesia.”
“He's forgetting what his own positions are, and he's betting that you will too,” Obama told a boisterous crowd in Virginia.
“He's changing up so much – backtracking and sidestepping,” he said. “We've gotta name this condition that he's going through. I think it's called ‘Romnesia.’”
Intensifying the battle for women voters, Obama charged that Mitt Romney had changed his tune on abortion, equal pay for equal work and access to contraception.
“If you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can't seem to remember ... the promises you've made over the six years you've been running for President, here's the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions,” he said.
The Republican team hit back.
“Women haven’t forgotten how we’ve suffered over the last four years in the Obama economy with higher taxes, higher unemployment, and record levels of poverty,” Virginia state legislator Barbara Comstock said.
The Republican National Committee also jumped in, saying the President was breaking a vow he made during the 2008 campaign to avoid name-calling.
“If you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can't seem to remember ... the promises you've made over the six years you've been running for President, here's the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions,” Obama says.
Meanwhile, the Obama campaign seized on figures released Friday showing the unemployment rate dropped last month in nearly all the battleground states that are the key to the election.
The unemployment rates in Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa now are all under the national average of 7.8 percent. Obama victories in that trio of battlegrounds would all but guarantee his re-election.
Republicans dismissed the numbers, pressing their case that Obama has no real plan to reignite the economy.
“You did not hear any vision for a second term agenda from the President,” Romney running-mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), said in Milwaukee.
“He is going to try and win this election by tearing down his opponent, not by offering a positive vision or agenda.”
The attacks came as a wave of newspapers in swing states made their endorsements.
The Tampa Bay Times and Denver Post backed Obama; The Orlando Sentinel, which backed Obama in 2008, endorsed Romney.
“We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years,” the Sentinel said.