October 23rd, 2012
11:29 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney has 'stage three Romnesia,' Obama says

Delray Beach, Florida (CNN) – President Barack Obama evaluated his debate performance on Tuesday, the morning after his last showdown with Gov. Mitt Romney, and ramped up his "Romnesia" rhetoric, saying Romney's performance Monday night put him at "stage three."

At a rally in battleground Florida the president said Romney shifted his positions on the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq and his commitment to taking down Osama bin Laden.

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"Now we've come up with a name for this condition, it's called 'Romnesia'," Obama said. "We had a severe outbreak last night … it was stage three 'Romnesia'."

In an effort to make sure "nobody in the surrounding area catches it," the president highlighted what he sees as the changes coming from the former Massachusetts governor on the campaign trail.

"If you can't seem to remember the policies on your website or the promises you've been making over the six years you've been running for president … Obamacare covers preexisting conditions, we can cure this disease," Obama said to a crowd of roughly 11,000.

His lively rally came on the same day his campaign released a 19-page pamphlet outlining the plans he hopes to institute if he wins a second term in office and an accompanying television ad set to air in nine battleground states. The booklet is largely a rehash of policies previously proposed, but is a response to critics who have charged the president with offering few specifics on his second term agenda.

At Tuesday's rally, the president said he made the case for re-election during the debate.

"I hope that during the debate I made those differences very clearly because the greatest responsibility I have as president is to keep the American people safe," Obama said, contrasting his performance with Romney's "all over the map" showing.

While he offers leadership, Romney is only providing a "list of things that are wrong," the president said.

"He can just go over it verbatim – just boom, boom, boom. Power point presentations," Obama said. "But you know what, that's not leadership you can trust. And Florida, you know me."

The Florida stop started on a lighter note when Obama was introduced by Scott van Duzer who locked the president in a bear hug at a campaign stop in the state last month.

"Every time I need a pick me up I try to see Scott," Obama said.

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    Republicans must be confused at this point. They saw a confident and assertive Romney at the first debate, but that person was replaced by another Romney who agreed with Obama on almost everything. Which Romney do they believe?

    October 23, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. 22

    Romney has changed his positions so often,even he couldn't remember what he said last! His safest bet was to agree with the president,at least he knew a good policy when he saw it.We can give him credit for endorsing Obama .

    October 23, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. garc

    'truth' hurts: mr. trump, is that you? Nice try. Facts matter.

    October 23, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. big g

    to " truth hurts" your choice looks like a deer in the headlight, a robot of a man, OBAMA will win and you can take your flipper /flopper and go govern someplace where he got his money stasHed Obama/biden 2012

    October 23, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Dave

    It's not "Romnesia." Just call Romney what he is – a pandering flip-flopper who will do and say anything to get elected.

    October 23, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Thanks for the great laugh of the day, Mr. President. I agree ... it is Stage Three. And fast spreading throughout the Republican party. Funnier than heck watching GOPers squirm. When push comes to shove THEY don't know what Romney stands for either.

    October 23, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Wake up People!

    That's right Mr. President, the fact that Willard constantly flip flops and changes stances so often is enough to make anyones head spin. My God, the idiot had a press conference before we even knew what really happened in Libya, calling the POTUS weak, and now all of a sudden he doesn't want a war. How can intelligent, non wealthy Americans support this idiotic, lying poser? Oh never mind, he only needs one thing to be presidential in some peoples eyes.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 23, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Independent

    This country is like Goliath

    October 23, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. California Gary

    Serious adult leadership truth hurts? Are you referring to the guy who blamed everything wrong in the Middle-East on Obama's foreign policies, and then embraced all of Obama's foreign policies? That guy? Is that what you call leadership? A guy that shelved everything he has said during the campaign and went with a "me too" strategy?

    October 23, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. PaulCat

    All of those bay bay kids he bring onto the stage doesn't help him at all. What I see, they may give him stage four Romnesia.

    October 23, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Brutal honesty

    I cant wait for Nov 6th when the President is re-elected.Obama will win this election Period! He is your next president deal with it!! I will be happy to offer all the sore losers ropes to go hang themselves

    October 23, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Richard Chichi

    How can so many Americans be that dumb. It is shocking that some people are actually going to vote for Romney, even if he has labelled them as victims and lacking responsibility for themselves

    October 23, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. cm

    hey! (truth hurts), I guess you should start packing, it's possible that you will be able to reach your destination before Nov.6.
    What ever country you decide, stay safe.

    October 23, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. bethjoyce

    @ truth hurts: Don't bet on it!!

    October 23, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |

    Willard needs some inpatient care for his Romnesia. I wonder if that's a pre-existing condition.

    October 23, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F

    It is hard to believe that thinking people would even consider voting for the serial flip flopper uppity Mormon, who has the same failed plans of the Bush regime that almost brought America down.

    October 23, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. tom taylor

    If you say you believe in the American economy, but keep your money in an offshore bank.............you might have Romnesia.
    If you think we need to open factories, but you closed them down while at Bain Capital,..........you might have Romnesia.
    If you tell people you love American cars, but your house has an elevator for your Mercedes....you might have Romnesia.

    October 23, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Marcus

    Not even Obamacare can cure Romnesia!!!

    October 23, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. John, PA

    Obama sat there doing his best imitation of Anthony Weiner – LIARS. Obama and Democrats lie thru their teeth to achieve the Obama and Democrats agenda, no matter what it costs or affects. The post fact check; Obama was wrong on all points.

    October 23, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. plain&simple

    The truth never changes. Can anyone say that about Romney? Truth hurts don't it????!!!!

    October 23, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. lindsay

    @california gary: mitt's "me too!" strategy...haha. love that!

    October 23, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. sandra zielinski

    Mocking with classless, clueless, cancer analogy- low even for Obama. Thoroughly disgusting.

    October 23, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F

    John PA – Fact checkers are proving you and Mittens wrong time after time.

    October 23, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. plain&simple

    Let's keep Obama ,Mitt's even voting for him.....loves his policies.

    October 23, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Guest

    If Obama and Biden had more to offer than stupid comments we wouldnt be in the mess we're in as a nation. Perhaps one of the most accurate statements of all the debates belonged to Mr. Schieffer when he said Obama Bin Laden...I thought it was appropriate. THE most accurate statement was when Romney said, if you dont have a record to run on attack your opponent, therein in lies the entire Obama campaign strategy! As far as last nights debate, obviously any sitting president has a significant advantage discussing foreign policy but what the left is missing is that the number one issue is THE ECONOMY STUPID....and we know your boy thinks we can spend our way to prosperity and that is clearly reflected in the additional trillions of debt on, well...nothing! ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

    October 23, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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