President Obama used a rally to activists in Miami, Fla., on Thursday to reiterate his campaign’s post-debate efforts to portray former Massachusetts governor Mitt  Romney as a hardline conservative posing as a moderate.

In a bid to limit the damage from his defeat in last week’s first presidential debate, which has seen most subsequent polls tighten to a dead heat, the president said Romney has used the debate – and subsequent interviews – to disguise these policies.

“He’s trying to go through an extreme makeover: After running for more than a year in which he called himself severely conservative, Mitt Romney is trying to convince you that he was severely kidding,” he said.

Obama also took a veiled swipe at remarks Romney made at a fundraiser earlier in the yea, and which were secretly recorded,  that apparently write off 47 percent  of Americans, – something the president elected not to do during the first televised debate.

“You know, back in 2008, I won, but 47 percent of the country didn’t vote for me,” he said. “But you know, I didn’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 I’ll fight just as hard for you as I will for everybody else.”

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