Obama hammers Romney after Florida debate

Chris Moody
Political Reporter
The Ticket

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—The morning after Monday's showdown—the third and final between the candidates—President Barack Obama spent a postdebate rally here accusing Mitt Romney of switching positions on foreign policy and called his ideas "wrong and reckless."

"Last night [former Gov. Romney] was all over the map. Did you notice that?" Obama asked the crowd. "During the debate, he said he didn't want more troops in Iraq. But he was caught on video saying it was unthinkable not to leave 20,000 troops in Iraq."

Obama delivered his speech in a packed tennis stadium where he was introduced by West Palm Beach pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer, who famously wrapped his arms around the president and lifted him off his feet in a bear hug last month. When Obama walked onstage, he and Van Duzer high-fived with both hands and briefly embraced, although the president's feet never left the ground.

Obama said that over the course of the campaign, Romney had switched his positions on keeping troops in Afghanistan, America's relationship with Israel, and the decision to kill Osama bin Laden. Obama reiterated the word he coined last week—"Romnesia"—which he has been using repeatedly when accusing the GOP challenger of switching positions.

Launching into a Jeff Foxworthy-style routine that replaced the word "redneck" with "Romnesia," Obama said: "If you say that you love American cars during a debate, but you wrote an article entitled 'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,' you might have Romnesia!

[Political junkie? Sign up for the Yahoo! News Daily Ticket newsletter today]

"If you talk about how much you love teachers during a debate, but said just a few weeks ago that we shouldn't hire any more because it won't grow the economy, what do you have?"

"Romnesia!" the crowd shouted.

The president also took time to promote a new campaign booklet, "The New Economic Patriotism," which outlines an economic plan that increases federal government spending and raises taxes on the wealthy. Obama held up the magazine-style pamphlet and told the audience to read it to find out more about what he would do in a second term.

The campaign on Tuesday also released an ad, "Determination," to promote the blueprint, which Obama called his "plan for the next four years." The video basically introduces the topics in the booklet and shows the president speaking directly to the camera, urging viewers to compare his plan to Romney's.

"We're not there yet, but we've made real progress," Obama says in the ad. "And the last thing we should do is turn back now."

With two weeks left before Election Day, Obama has a full schedule of swing state campaigning ahead. Immediately following his address here, Obama traveled to Dayton, Ohio, for the second of several rallies this week.