A fired-up Obama began his day speaking to 11,000 in the South Florida city of Delray Beach before joining Vice President Joe Biden in Ohio, where he accused Romney of coming down with a case of “Romnesia” – forgetting or abandoning his previous positions.
“If you said that you love American cars during the debate, you’re a car guy, but you wrote an article titled ‘Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,’ you definitely have a case of ‘Romnesia,’ ” the president said to cheers.
Romney, who’s promoted a more centrist message in recent weeks, has been under fire for softening or changing his views on a number of policies, including immigration, tax cuts and abortion.
Obama reminded the crowd that he’d backed the auto industry bailout, a move that Romney opposed. While Detroit and Michigan have a reputation as the auto capital of America, Ohio also is the home of several automobile plants and an auto parts industry. One in eight Ohio jobs is linked to the industry.
“Folks don’t remember what we did with the auto industry. It wasn’t popular when we did it. It wasn’t even popular in Michigan and Ohio. But it was necessary,” the president said.
Obama spoke Tuesday about his newly released agenda, which included little that hadn’t been proposed before. It stresses classic Obama themes such as “building an economy from the middle class out” and promising 1 million more manufacturing jobs by 2016, keeping the 2010 federal health care law in place and recruiting 100,000 math and science teachers.
“I’ve laid out a plan for jobs and middle-class security. And unlike Mitt Romney, I’m actually proud to talk about what’s in it, because my plan actually will move America forward,” the president said in Florida. Romney hasn’t specified all the steps he’d take to reduce the federal budget deficit by trillions of dollars.
Richard Clay Dixon, who served as the mayor of Dayton from 1987 to 1994, said he was confident that Obama would win Ohio and re-election. He just wishes the race weren’t so close.
“It’s closer than we would like. At one time he was 10 points ahead,” he said. “But with the early voting, we’re doing a good job in getting people out.”