President Obama used a rally to activists in Miami, Fla., on Thursday to reiterate his campaignâ€™s post-debate efforts to portray former Massachusetts governor MittÂ Â Romney as a hardline conservative posing as a moderate.
In a bid to limit the damage from his defeat in last weekâ€™s first presidential debate, which has seen most subsequent polls tighten to a dead heat, the president said Romney has used the debate â€“ and subsequent interviews â€“ to disguise these policies.
â€śHeâ€™s trying to go through an extreme makeover: After running for moreÂ than a year in which he called himself severely conservative, Mitt RomneyÂ is trying to convince you that he was severely kidding,â€ť he said.
Obama also took a veiled swipe at remarks Romney made at a fundraiser earlier in the yea, and which were secretly recorded, Â that apparently write off 47 percent Â of Americans, â€“ something the president elected not to do during the first televised debate.
â€śYou know, back in 2008, I won, but 47 percent of the country didnâ€™t vote for me,â€ť he said. â€śBut you know, I didnâ€™t just dismiss 47 percent of the country. What I said was, you may not have voted for me, but I heard your voices. And Iâ€™ll fight just as hard for you as I will for everybody else.â€ť