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US Election Updates - October 20, 2012

Obama mocks Republican rival for suffering from "Romnesia"

President Barack Obama mocked his Republican rival Mitt Romney on Friday, accusing him of suffering from "Romnesia" for pushing a moderate stance rather than the conservative positions he touted during the GOP primaries.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is closing in on a gap in opinion polls with the Democratic incumbent following his strong performance in the first presidential debate on October 3, when he adopted a moderate take on healthcare reform and government regulation, a focus of Obama's campaign.

After his lackluster performance in that debate, the president has since hit back at Romney, both in the second debate on October 16 and on the campaign trail.

In the battleground state of Virgina, Obama told a crowd of about 9,000 supporters that Romney was backtracking on his conservative-leaning promises.

"He's forgetting what his own positions are, and he's betting that you will, too. I mean, he's changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping, we've gotta ... name this condition that he's going through," Obama said.

"I think it's called Romnesia," he said to cheers and applause from the crowd.

Obama continued by described symptoms of amnesia that struck a similar chord with Romney's positions on abortion and taxes for the wealthy.

"If you say you'll protect a woman's right to choose, but you stand up at a primary debate and said that you'd be delighted to sign a law outlawing ... that right to choose in all cases, man, you've definitely got Romnesia," he said.

"If you say earlier in the year you're going to give tax cuts for the top 1 percent, and then in a debate you say, 'I don't know anything about giving tax cuts to rich folks,' you need to get a thermometer, take your temperature, because you've probably got Romnesia."

“Romnesia” is not a term the Obama campaign team coined. The phrase first appeared in images on Facebook earlier month, highlighting the Republican presidential nominee shifting positions.