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US Election Updates - August 29, 2012

Obama slates Republicans at college events

President Barack Obama warned college students in two political battleground states on Tuesday to be wary of the rhetoric from the Republican Party's convention in Florida.

"This week in Tampa, my opponents will offer you their agenda. It should be a pretty entertaining show," Obama said during a campaign stop at Iowa State University.

"I'm sure they'll have some wonderful things to say about me, but what you won't hear from them is a path forward that meets the challenges of our time," he said.

While on a two-day college tour, Obama pointed out differences with his Republican rival Mitt Romney on issues such as alternative-energy sources, tax cuts for wealthy Americans, gay marriage and women's rights.

He reminded voters that because of his signature healthcare reform, known as Obamacare, students would be able to continue to receive health insurance through their parents. Romney has vowed to repeal the law.

While speaking at a second event in Colorado State University, Obama accused Republicans and their supporters of distorting reality as part of their efforts to get him out of the White House.

"They'll just make stuff up if they have to. They're doing it already," he said "Sometimes…how do I put this nicely?...They will just fib."

Obama was heavily dependant on university student support during the 2008 election and has made a conscious choice to build on the campus vote as the new academic year begins.