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Obama renews ridicule of Romney the day after final debate


DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- A day after the two presidential candidates sparred in their final, foreign policy-focused debate, President Barack Obama criticized Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s rhetoric on the topic as "wrong and reckless."

President Obama voiced his concerns over Governor Romney's foreign policy doctrine at a campaign event in Delray Beach, Fla., saying his opponent is "all over the map."

The president renewed his ridicule of Romney from throughout the candidates' final meeting Monday evening in Boca Raton, Fla. before a crowd of 11,000.

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"In a world of new threats and profound challenges, America needs leadership that is strong and is steady. Gov. Romney’s foreign policy has been wrong and reckless. Last night, he was all over the map," said a grinning Obama. "Did you notice that?"

The president tried to paint Romney as inconsistent start-to-finish at the debate, on issues from pursuing Osama bin Laden to rescuing the auto industry. To drive the point home, Obama revived his mocking term, "Romnesia."

A day after the last presidential debate, President Obama campaigned in Delray Beach, Fla., telling supporters that Governor Romney had a 'severe outbreak' of 'Romnesia' Monday night. The president was referring to his opponent's changing stance on Iraq and the auto industry.

"We’ve come up with a name for this condition. It’s called Romnesia," Obama said. The president joked a "severe case" had broken out on Monday -- "maybe stage three."

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Even as he highlighted what he said were Romney’s shortcomings in Tuesdays’ debate, Obama shifted to tout his own plans for a second term, brandishing a 20-page pamphlet passed out by his campaign to reporters and supporters earlier in the day. The pamphlet -- which Republicans argued was just a rehash of Obama's old policies -- summarizes the positions Obama talks about on the campaign trail and that are found on his campaign website.

"I've laid out a plan for jobs and middle class security. And unlike Mitt Romney I’m actually proud to talk about what's in it," Obama said as he held up the booklet, entitled "A New Economic Patriotism."

Even while he spent considerable time talking about his new booklet, which covers mostly domestic issues like manufacturing jobs, small businesses and entitlements, Obama did return to foreign policy by the end of his speech, pillorying Romney for not mentioning American veterans during the debate.

President Obama voiced his concerns over Governor Romney's foreign policy doctrine at a campaign event in Delray Beach, Fla., saying his opponent is "all over the map."

“In the same way that Gov. Romney didn’t mention the Afghan war or our troops in his convention speech Gov. Romney didn’t mention our veterans last night. He didn’t say a word about them,” he said.

“He may written off half the country as victims behind closed doors, but the men and women and their families who have served this country so bravely, they deserve better from someone who is applying to be commander in chief,” he said.

Obama also reprised a line he used last night to criticize Romney’s proposals, on foreign policy and other issues, as outdated.

“His foreign policy is from the 1980s, his social policy is from the 1950s and his economic policies are from the 1920s," he said.

Obama will travel next to Ohio, where he'll hold a rare joint rally with Vice President Joe Biden this afternoon.

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President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at the Delray Beach Tennis Center on Oct. 23, 2012 in Delray Beach, Fla.