(HENDERSON, Nev.) – In his first appearance since the final presidential debate, Mitt Romney stormed into the battleground state of Nevada and characterized President Obama’s campaign as a sinking ship.
“These debates have super-charged our campaign,” Romney said during the first of two joint appearances Tuesday with running mate Paul Ryan. “There’s no question about it, we’re seeing more and more enthusiasm, more and more support.”
“He’s been reduced to try to defend characters on Sesame Street and word games of various kinds, and then misfired attacks after one and another,” Romney said of Obama. “You know the truth is that attacks on me are not an agenda.”
Romney was making reference to Obama’s latest attack line that accuses the Republican nominee of having “Romnesia” when it comes to remembering his position on certain issues. Earlier Tuesday at a rally of his own in Florida, President Obama said that Romney’s “Romnesia” was a “severe outbreak” during the debate, adding, “It was at least stage-three ‘Romnesia.’”
But in Nevada Tuesday Romney sought to focus on his argument that the president has not offered a clear agenda for the next four years.
“We’ve gone through four debates, with the vice presidential debate and my debates, and we haven’t heard an agenda from the president, and that’s why his campaign is taking on water and our campaign is full speed ahead!” Romney said.
President Obama’s campaign released a 20-page glossy magazine outlining his plan for the next four years Tuesday, and the Romney campaign quickly pounced and called the move a “glossy panic button.” Tuesday marks Romney’s first trip to Nevada since last month.
Ryan warmed up the crowd of 6,000, praising his running mate’s debate performances, saying Americans saw a “man who is ready to become a great president,” and tailoring his message for this state hit hard by the housing crisis.
“You know what we saw last night, we saw Gov. Mitt Romney offer this country bold ideas and leadership. In so many ways and you know this right here in Nevada, look at the unemployment rate, we cannot afford four more years like the last four years,” Ryan said.
Romney and Obama faced off for the final time Monday night and Ryan asked the boisterous crowd, “You know what we saw last night?”
“Yet again, another display of a man who could be president, another display of someone with the demeanor, with the temperament, with the skills to be a leader,” Ryan answered. “What we saw last night was Mitt Romney being concerned about America’s position in the world and President Obama more concerned about his position in this race.”
The GOP vice presidential nominee noted that voters go to the polls just two weeks from Tuesday, saying then the president “is going to become former President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is going to be the next president of the United States.”
“Because we can do better than this, we don’t have to settle for this,” Ryan continued.
He also reminded voters in the battleground state that early voting has already started. Polls show Romney and Obama in a tight race in Nevada, with some showing that nationally the race is within the margin of error. The new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday evening shows Romney with 49 percent support among likely voters to Obama’s 48 percent nationally.
The GOP ticket will appear Tuesday evening at a rally with Kid Rock and country star Trace Adkins in another coveted state: Colorado.
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com
Jose Pagliery, CNN
Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com