Cape Canaveral, Florida (CNN) - A confident-sounding Mitt Romney claimed victory for two GOP match-ups during a high-energy rally Friday afternoon, telling the Florida audience he expected to debate Barack Obama someday.
Coming off a performance in a CNN/Republican Party of Florida debate Thursday in which Romney seemed to put his chief rival Newt Gingrich on the defensive, the former Massachusetts governor rallied an enthusiastic audience at Astrotech Corporation, a commercial aerospace supplier.
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"How about that debate last night, wasn't that fun?" Romney asked as audience members cheered. "I've had the fun of having two debates where I had to stand up and battle. And battling was fun and battling was won."
Later in the event, Romney criticized the president's State of the Union address, saying Obama had failed to deliver on his promises.
"I was listening pretty carefully to his speech because I'm expecting to debate him someday," Romney said, prompting more cheers from the audience.
Though earlier the week Romney attacked Gingrich at a series of campaign events following the former House speaker's stunning victory in South Carolina, for the past several days on the stump Romney has focused his criticism on Obama.
Polls show he is at the top of the field in Florida, where GOP voters will weigh in Tuesday.
Romney did make a veiled jab at Gingrich over funding for space exploration. On Wednesday Gingrich vowed to build a base on the moon by the end of his second term in office.
Romney implied the proposal was a pander to Florida's Space Coast community.
"In the politics of the past, to get your vote in the, on the Space Coast, I'd come here and promise hundreds of billions of dollars," Romney said. "I'm not going to do that. I know that stuff is very attractive, very popular, but it's simply the wrong thing to do. It's not the way the best decisions are made."
He added: "Politicians love the idea of coming in and saying what they're going to do without having studied it, without having carried out the analysis, and gotten the data, done the hard work. I won't do that."