Obama accuses Republican rival of suffering from "Romnesia"
FAIRFAX, Virginia (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama turned his rival's name into an ailment on Friday, accusing Mr Mitt Romney of suffering from "Romnesia" for emphasising moderate positions rather than the conservative ones he put forward in the Republican primary race.
Mr Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has closed a gap in opinion polls with the Democratic incumbent after giving a strong performance in the first presidential debate on Oct 3, when he sounded a moderate note on healthcare reform and the need for government regulation - highlights of Mr Obama's platform.
After a lackluster showing in that debate, the president has delivered fiery retorts since, both in the second debate on Oct 16, which many observers say Mr Obama won, and on the campaign trail.
Mr Obama told a crowd of about 9,000 in the battleground state of Virginia that Mr Romney was backtracking on his conservative-leaning promises.