Obama cracking jokes about “binders of women”
After a night of comedy and fellowship in New York, President Obama is continuing to make jokes at his opponent's expense. The intensity is building as the third and final debate and Election Day grow near. Josh Robin has the story.
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UNITED STATES -- 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.
Obama said, "We've gotta name this condition that he's going through. I think it's called Romnesia."
Romney's camp accused the President of running a quote 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," said Romney advisor Kevin Madden.
Obama is also ramping up a direct pitch to women voters.
Introducing him Friday was Cecille Richards. She's President of Planned Parenthood, whose federal funding Romney has vowed to strip.
Richards said, "Now women are crystal clear. Mitt Romney would not only set us back four years. He'd set us back 40 years in America."
In his wife, Romney has found his own potent advocate. Ann Romney trying to shift attention from her husband's opposition to abortion.
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 this line about recruitment that's since become its own punch line.
Romney said, "We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women's groups and said could you help us find folks. And they brought us binders full of women."
It's worked its way into Obama’s stump speech.
Obama said, "When the next President and Congress could tip the balance of the highest court in the land is a way that turns back the clock for women and families for decades to come, you don't want someone to ask for binders of women."
Meanwhile, don't expect to see much of the candidates this weekend. They're getting ready for their third and final debate Monday.