Mitt Romney mocked President Barack Obama Friday for his "petty attacks" on the Republican challenger, saying the incumbent was playing word games instead of justifying his bid for a second term.
Romney took the stage in the political battleground of Florida, quickly berating Obama for comments early Friday when he branded his rival an untrustworthy flip-flopper suffering from "Romnesia."
"They've been reduced to petty attacks and silly word games," Romney told a crowd of more than 8,500 people at the Daytona Beach Bandshell, as the two candidates stumped for votes just 18 days before the election.
"The Obama campaign has become the incredible shrinking campaign. This is a big country, with big opportunities and great challenges, and they keep on talking about smaller and smaller things."
Romney, accompanied by his running mate Paul Ryan, also laid into the incumbent for failing to map out his plan for another four years should he win re-election.
"They have no agenda for the future, no agenda for America, no agenda for a second term. It's a good thing; they won't have a second term," he said to a loud cheer.
Obama and Romney put their bitter campaign bile aside Thursday night, trading jokes at a charity dinner in New York city.
But the next day the president was in the toss-up state of Virginia employing his campaign's tried and true formula of branding Romney a flip-flopper.
"I mean, he's changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping, we've got to name this condition that he's going through. I think it's called 'Romnesia,'" Obama told the crowd.
Romney for his part asked Floridians if they wanted four more years of high unemployment, shrinking pay checks, and underwater mortgages.
"We can endure 18 more days of the agenda of President Obama," Romney said. "But we can not endure four more years, and that's why we're going to replace him in 18 days."