Obama Rallies Supporters In Delray Beach

October 23, 2012 | By
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Obama rallies supporters in Delray Beach, Florida for his first post-debate campaign appearance Tuesday, continuing his aggressive critique of Republican challenger Mitt Romney from the night before and repeating his assertion that Romney is “all over the map” on foreign policy and many other issues.

Combative, energized and clearly acknowledging the tough election fight, Obama made a plea to undecided voters but largely worked to fire up his base with the “Romnesia” line of attack that has become his recent campaign theme.

The audience of about 11,000 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center responded enthusiastically, while Romney supporters portrayed Obama’s increasingly sharp attacks as a sign of desperation.

With sunny skies and a breeze coming in off the nearby Atlantic Ocean, Obama quickly revisited the foreign policy arguments he made against Romney during the third and final presidential debate Monday at Lynn University in Boca Raton. He said Romney has waffled on keeping troops in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

“Now, we’ve come up with a name for this condition,” Obama said as the crowd roared in anticipation and pounded on the tennis center bleachers. “It’s called Romnesia. We had a severe outbreak last night. It was at least, at least stage three Romnesia. And I just want to go over with you some of the symptoms, Delray, because I want to make sure nobody in the surrounding area catches it.”

As the audience laughed, the president listed issues on which he said Romney has flip-flopped.

“Romnesia sums it up,” said 77-year-old Bob Schachter, a West Palm Beach property manager who attended the rally with his wife, Marcia. “The man has no conscience, he’ll say anything.”

Schachter said he was feeling more confidant about Obama’s chances, citing the last two debate performances and the energy at Tuesday’s rally.

Romney supporters said the president’s attacks showed the race is swinging in their favor.

“I think the president feels very desperate about the state of the race,” Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said after Monday’s debate, adding that Obama’s position is “deteriorating and he knows it and that’s why he launched one attack after another.”

Polls show an extremely close race in Florida, the largest of the states considered up for grabs, with 29 electoral votes. Both candidates are shifting gears in the final two weeks toward get-out-the-vote efforts.

Obama campaign volunteers asked those at the rally to sign pledge cards affirming they will vote, and the president noted that early voting begins Saturday in Florida. He is scheduled to be back in Florida for a Tampa appearance Thursday.


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