Romney suffering from ‘Romnesia,’ Obama tells Northern Virginia crowd
In a Northern Virginia speech peppered with humor and jabs against his Republican opponent, President Barack Obama coined a faux medical condition Friday – “Romnesia.”
“[Romney] is changing up so much – backtracking and sidestepping … we’ve got a name for this condition he’s going through,” Obama said. “I think it’s called Romnesia.”
Obama claimed the Republican candidate has forgotten what he’s been campaigning on over the past year. Speaking to a crowd estimated at 9,000, the president said Romney can’t recall the policies on his own website, refuses to say whether he supports equal pay for women and hasn’t taken a firm stance on women’s health care issues. All those conditions must be “symptoms of Romnesia,” Obama said.
And you know you’ve come down with a case of Romnesia, Obama said, “If you say you’re a champion of the coal industry when while you were governor, you stood in front of a coal plant saying, ‘this plant will kill you.’”
But the good news, the president continued in his 22-minute address: “If you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, or the promises you’ve made over the six years you’ve been running for president, here’s the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions,” Obama said. “We can fix you up. We’ve got a cure.”
Almost immediately following the speech, the “Romnesia” tag started trending on Twitter.
With two presidential debates down, and the final one set for Oct. 22, the race between Obama and Romney remains neck-and-neck. Battleground polling figures quickly tightened up following Romney’s strong performance in the debates, notably the first on Oct. 3.
Obama and the Democrats have focused their attacks against Romney on trying to paint him as a flip-flopper out of touch with the middle class.
“Virginia, you’ve heard of the New Deal, you’ve heard the square deal, the fair deal; Mitt Romney’s trying to give you a sketchy deal … a sketchy deal,” Obama said Friday, claiming Romney’s plan to slash taxes will benefit only the richest Americans and force average earners to pay more.
The first half of Obama’s speech in Fairfax was heavily targeted at females, touching on women’s right to choose health care and their right to equal pay. With risers full of women behind him, Obama noted Romney’s desire to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The Democrat highlighted that as a result of new health care law, more than two million Virginians have coverage for free preventive services, including mammograms, Pap smears and various immunizations.
According to the Obama campaign, insurance companies have often charged women 50 percent more than men for the same medical coverage, a practice that will soon end because of Obamacare.
Continuing on the women’s rights message, Obama noted the first bill he signed after taking office was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act aimed at ensuring women receive the same compensation as men for the same level of work.
Obama’s speech Friday, his sixth in Virginia in 2012, came just two days after Romney addressed a crowd of 7,000 to 8,000 in Leesburg, just 25 miles west of Fairfax.
In his speech, the GOP candidate touched on his “five-point plan,” which includes utilizing and unleashing all of America’s energy sources; expanding trade; focusing on education and training skills; balancing the budget; and championing small business.
Romney said he doesn’t want to drastically transform America into “something we wouldn’t recognize.”
“I don’t want to make America like Europe … I want to restore to America the freedoms that drive our economy – our economy is driven by freedom, by personal freedom, by people pursuing their dreams.”
Republicans have zeroed in on the ailing national economy under Obama over the course of the campaign. Unemployment has hovered around 8 percent for most of 2012, and the federal deficit has increased from approximately $11 trillion to $16 trillion in Obama’s term.
Of the past four years, the president and his political surrogates often note that the private sector has added jobs for more than 30 consecutive months. Spokesmen for the left are quick to remind voters the economy was losing approximately 700,000 jobs a month when Obama took office. In recent months, the U.S. economy has been adding around 100,000 jobs monthly.