The Straits Times
Published on Oct 10, 2012

Obama camp assails Romney's move to center


MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AFP) - President Barack Obama's campaign on Wednesday accused Republican Mitt Romney of cynically hiding "extreme" stances on women's rights and other issues to win voters in the vital political center.

The sharp counter-attack came 26 days before the election and after the president fell behind his challenger in national polls and saw his margin in vital swing states splintered following his drowsy debate performance.

Top Obama aides seized on remarks by Mr Romney on the culture wars issue of abortion, grappling with the Republican's bid to soften the edges of positions he took to win the support of conservatives in the Republican nominating race.

"We know that the real Mitt Romney will say anything to win, with just 26 days left to the election, he is cynically hiding his positions," said Mr Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter on a conference call with reporters.