Romney hits out at Obama's 'petty attacks'

2012-10-20 13:30

Florida - Mitt Romney mocked President Barack Obama Friday for his "petty attacks" on the Republican challenger, saying the incumbent was playing word games instead of justifying his bid for a second term.

Romney took the stage in the political battleground of Florida, quickly berating Obama for comments early Friday when he branded his rival an untrustworthy flip-flopper suffering from "Romnesia".

"They've been reduced to petty attacks and silly word games," Romney told a crowd of more than 8,500 people at the Daytona Beach Bandshell, as the two candidates stumped for votes just 18 days before the election.

"The Obama campaign has become the incredible shrinking campaign. This is a big country, with big opportunities and great challenges, and they keep on talking about smaller and smaller things."

Romney, accompanied by his running mate Paul Ryan, also laid into the incumbent for failing to map out his plan for another four years should he win re-election.

"They have no agenda for the future, no agenda for America, no agenda for a second term. It's a good thing; they won't have a second term," he said to a loud cheer.

Obama and Romney put their bitter campaign bile aside Thursday night, trading jokes at a charity dinner in New York city.

But the next day the president was in the toss-up state of Virginia employing his campaign's tried and true formula of branding Romney a flip-flopper.

"I mean, he's changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping, we've got to name this condition that he's going through. I think it's called 'Romnesia," Obama told the crowd.

Romney for his part asked Floridians if they wanted four more years of high unemployment, shrinking pay checques, and underwater mortgages.

"We can endure 18 more days of the agenda of President Obama," Romney said. "But we can not endure four more years, and that's why we're going to replace him in 18 days."

  • Christopher Steenkamp - 2012-10-20 14:23

    This binary approach to all of America's problems baffles me. Red or blue, democrat or republican. It has to be more complicated than that. It just makes voting seem so superfluous.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-20 16:51

      The difference is that you can have a multitude of opinions in each of those parties. Switching parties is almost seamless. John Connelly was sitting in the vehicle with JFK when he was shot in 1963, he was the democratic governor of Texas. In 1980 he ran for the Republican nomination for president. The US system is based on the direct election of public representitives. Their system is alot less binary than has been the case in South Africa since I can remember. In the past you either voted for the NP or one of its right wing cast offs (CP & HNP) or you voted for the UP (who disintegrated because they became a slightly anglisized version of the NP)and then the Progressive Party (PRP, PFP DP, DA). Now you either vote for the ANC (party of corruption and top down authority with policy ideals) or you vote for the DA (believe in clean andministration and sevice delivery) or for one of the irrelevancies (IFP,Cope, NPP, FF,etc) its also much more binary than the US where in any state you can get to vote for a whole range of representitives (State House of Representitives, State Senate, House of Representatives, Senate, Govenor and President) and with each vote you need to chose based on the policies they each stand for, because they do not have a binding whip system in US politics. You actually get to vote for people regardless of their party based on what the individual stands for. It appears you are not au fait with the US political system.

      chris.lategan - 2012-10-21 00:10

  • deon.jansevanrensburg.58 - 2012-10-20 14:23

    Politicians are supposedly smart people but all I see is degreed infantile morons. And that is not just applicable to the US but to politicians everywhere including our own with possibly the exception of the ANC - apparently you need an ability to be a kleptocrat with them as well.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-10-20 15:33

    Paul Ryan's views on rape and women's rights to access contaception - truly stunned by it. TO SAY THE LEAST

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-20 16:55

      It is the view point of the religious right wing in the US who are probably a greater danger to the world than Al Quaeda, because if they ever get one of their own elected as President he will have his hands on the largest nuclear arsenal in the world.

      dawood.timol - 2012-10-20 17:49

      @ kevin.watson very true about the nuclear arsenal, but the eventual goal of the right wing is control of the govt, inturn the most powerful army in the world and then the resourses of the entire world giving them wealth and power. Sovereign nations are not immune. The formation of OWS was solely for this purpose but most of humankind is not aware of the threat we face. Unfortunately Hitler murdered innocent ppl when he became aware of this threat, but this evil creeps out from within Hitlers victims. Most of these ppl are peace loving innocent citizens, but from amongst them you get a few whom seek power and wealth at absolutely all cost.America and 99% of its ppl are held hostage and used by these evil financial terrorists and warmongers. The big plan is yet to emerge. Zionists in collaberation with A few Conservative Christians, whom have BANKERS and MANY CORPORATIONS in their click are the real enemy. Not to Islam but to the entire human race. Islam is used as the scapegoat religion. The so-called Communist threat is over, and a new enemy has been found. War is HUGE business. A war must be created every so many years for 2 reasons.The war industry enriches these real terrorists by securing huge contracts with the worlds bigest spender on weapons ie THE US MILITARY. Secondly US soldiers are flown to all parts of the world to thieve natural resources under the banner of peace and freedom. Europe is not immune to this threat, with help frm their knowing politicians.

      dawood.timol - 2012-10-21 23:02

      u see casters-balls the problemwith u most of u foolish S African wities is that your own brothers in mthe west dupe you fools into believing their crap. Hence like your forefathers your thinking is based on a racist agenda. Ignorant hoodwinked sponges

  • zubaier.abrahams - 2012-10-20 21:17

    The election in the USA is just a show. Presidents are handpicked by The real controllers ie. the Bankers and large Corporations. They own the media and the electoral commission and rigg these elections. They control how the government should spend the taxpayers money. ie. "the bailout plan" during the recession just after Obama was "elected" After bailing some banks out, the government in return had to make loans from these banks at an interest. wow, give taxpayers money to the bank and borrow your own money back at an interest. Clever way of stealing the people's money don't you think.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-10-21 01:56

      taxpayers' money is no longer their money wally. its the government's money. and bailed out businesses had to pay interest on the loans. so no i dont think so ! and calling the election just a show is pretty thick too. rigged elections ???? you mean Zimbabwe style where they stuff the ballot boxes with fake ballots huh. jeez guy seriously ?!!

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-21 14:13

      I like your thinking.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-21 14:11

    Romney is the petty one. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. The recent debate exposed him for what he really is. He should just get his facts right. It's just plain embarassing to challenge somebody on a fact, then to be shown you have just made an ass of yourself. Imagine having such a dickhead as president! Oops, I forgot, we do!

      mark.barker.370 - 2012-10-24 12:36

      Barry Soeretor is an even bigger idiot - why are is college records sealed. What is this man hiding?

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