It’s not news that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has changed his mind on many issues, including on abortion, and moderated messages as he has moved from the Republican primary to the general election.
Democrats and President Barack Obama have attacked him for it, but lately, Obama has taken a humorous take on those evolving positions and Romney’s seeming inability to remember those earlier stances, reports Business Insider and other news organizations. At a rally in Virginia, Obama diagnosed his opponent with the condition of “Romnesia” and while the term trended on Twitter, it remains to be seen if the tactic will be effective. What is true that they make for laugh-out-loud television.
“Mr. Severely Conservative wants you to think he was severely kidding about everything he said over the last year,” Obama told the audience. “He’s forgetting what his own positions are, and he’s betting that you will too. I mean, he’s changing up so much, backtrackin’ and sidesteppin’. We’ve got to name this condition he’s going through. I think it’s called Romnesia. … I am not a medical doctor, but I do want to go over the symptoms with you because I want to make sure that nobody catches it.”
Among the litany of “Romnesia” symptoms that Obama recited, the GOP candidate’s shifting stance on the Blunt amendment — that would prevent women from receiving health insurance coverage of contraception if their employer felt doing so would go against their religious beliefs — was particularly potent.
“If you say women should have access to contraceptive care, but you support legislation that would allow your employer to deny you contraception care, you might have a case of Romnesia,” Obama said, smiling broadly.
Obama, appearing to be having a great time with this newfangled attack line on Romney, and was able to weave in a pitch for Obamacare as well.
“If you have a case of Romnesia and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, or the promises that you have made over the six years that you’ve been running for president, here’s the good news: Obamacare covers preexisting conditions,” he announced to the sound of an audience roar.
The Romney camp dismissed the latest attack from the president with adviser Kevin Madden remarking, according to Time:
“Americans want this campaign to be about big things and they want it to be about real issues. President Obama, unfortunately, wants it to be about Big Bird and playing Scrabble with his opponent’s name. Even the president’s long-time supporters have to be troubled by that.”
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