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Obama's stump strategy: Win one for the quipper

October 25, 2012|By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
  • President Obama gestures while speaking at a campaign event at Ybor City Museum State Park in Tampa, Fla.
President Obama gestures while speaking at a campaign event at Ybor City… (Pablo Martinez Monsivais…)

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- President Obama took the stage here after the local congressman, who marveled at "one heckuva crowd" and ended many of his sentences with "folks." Like a headliner showing a warm-up act how it's done, Obama let it fly.

Mitt Romney, he said, is "doing everything he can to make sure that you don't notice what he's been saying. And we've come up with a name for this condition. It’s called "Romnesia."

"If you sit on stage in a nationally televised debate saying how much you love cars -- you're a car guy -- except you wrote an article titled 'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,' then you almost certainly have 'Romnesia,'" he said, as the crowd cheered.

"If you can’t seem to remember the policies on your own website," he said, "or the promises you made six days ago, you probably have 'Romnesia.'"

Most campaigns go negative; the Obama campaign has gone sarcastic.

Obama has unleashed a stream of jokes at his opponent's expense, with an ever-sharpening edge, since he lulled tens of millions of Americans with his academic-ese in his first debate and jeopardized his reelection.

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