Decision 2012: Obama, Romney Campaign Before Monday Debate
After a night of comedy and fellowship in New York on Thursday, President Barack Obama continued to make jokes at Mitt Romney's expense Friday as their third and final debate and Election Day grow near. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
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When he yukked it up at the Waldorf Thursday, President Barack Obama was apparently just getting started.
A day later, in the battleground state of Virginia, he zeroed in on Mitt Romney's inconsistencies as he made his rival the butt of a new bit.
"We've gotta name this condition that he's going through," Obama said. "I think it's called Romnesia."
Romney's camp accused the president of running a "small campaign."
"Twenty-three million Americans are struggling to find work in this economy and yet President Obama can't get serious on the campaign trail," Romney adviser Kevin Madden said in a statement.
Obama is also ramping up a direct pitch to women voters. Introducing him Friday was Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, whose federal funding Romney has vowed to strip.
"Now, women are crystal clear that Mitt Romney would not only set us back four years, he'd set us back 40 years in America," Richards said.
In his wife, Romney has found his own potent advocate. Ann Romney is trying to shift attention from her husband's opposition to abortion.
"I would say 95 percent of what I hear from women is, 'help, please help,'" she said Thursday on "The View."
Romney's ratings among women surged after his first debate. But Obama is counting on his better performance at the second debate to regain his advantage.
The Republican may also have hurt himself with a line about recruitment said during the second debate that's since become its own punch line.
"I went to a number of women's groups, and said 'could you help us find folks?'" Romney said. "And they brought us whole binders full of women."
It's worked its way into Obama's stump speech.
"When the next president and Congress could tip the balance of the highest court in the land in a way that turns back the clock for women and families for decades to come, you don't want someone who needs to ask for binders of women," Obama said.
Meanwhile, don't expect to see much of the candidates this weekend. They're getting ready for their third and final debate on Monday.