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'Romnesia': Obama slams Romney on record as presidential debate nears

Just before they hunker down for the last presidential debate on Oct. 22, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are squeezing in one last burst of campaigning Friday.

During an appearance at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, Obama coined a new term -- “Romnesia” -- for what he said are Romney’s changes in positions.

“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 that you’ve made over the six years that you’ve been running for president, here’s the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions,” Obama, 51, said in a reference to the health-care law enacted in 2010.

Romney, 65, doesn’t have any campaign events until Friday evening, when he will be joined by his running mate, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, for a rally in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The former Massachusetts governor arrives in Florida after winning the endorsement of the Orlando Sentinel, one of the state’s largest newspapers.

Polls indicate the contest for Virginia’s 13 electoral votes is close. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist College survey conducted Oct. 7-9 showed the candidates tied, while a New York Times/CBS News/Quinnipiac University poll found Obama leading by five percentage points.
Targeting Voters

Of four campaign rallies Obama has held this week, three have been on college campuses, as he seeks to reignite the enthusiasm he enjoyed among young voters in 2008.

Obama again emphasized his commitment to women’s issues. He said Romney wants to take the nation backward and has policies “more suited” to the 1950s.

“We’re in the 21st century,” Obama said, adding that women deserve “equal pay for equal work.”

Ahead of the debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, Obama will spend the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, while Romney will encamp in Delray Beach, Florida. The final face-off between the men will focus on foreign policy.

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