DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- With a new poll showing a neck-and-neck race between Mitt Romney and President Obama here in Florida, the Republican nominee rallied a crowd of thousands at the edge of Daytona Beach on Friday night and promised to replace the president in the White House “in 18 days.”
Alluding to Obama’s new effort to cast Romney's shifting positions as “Romnesia,” the Republican said the Obama campaign had been “reduced to petty attacks and silly word games.”
“It’s absolutely remarkable,” Romney said after taking the stage with his running mate, Rep. Paul D. Ryan, in front of an enormous illuminated castle draped with campaign banners. “They have no agenda for the future, no agenda for America, no agenda for a second term.”
Romney called Obama’s effort the “incredible shrinking campaign.”
“This is a big country with big opportunities and great challenges, and they keep talking about smaller and smaller things,” he said.
“We have big ideas, bold ideas, a strong agenda. We are going to get America working again, and that’s why you’re going to help elect the two of us. We can endure 18 more days, but we cannot endorse four more years, and that’s why we are going to replace him in 18 days.”