Obama: Romney Now ‘Severely Kidding’ About Past Positions

In a notably sharper stump speech on Thursday, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney for his shifting positions on taxes, health care and education by using the Republican’s own descriptor as “severely conservative.”

“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’s trying to convince you that he was severely kidding,” said Obama at a campaign event in Florida. “Look. What he was selling was not working. Because people understood his ideas wouldn’t help the middle class so these days Mitt Romney’s for whatever you’re for.”

Obama continued:

Suddenly he loves the middle class. Can’t stop talking enough about them. He loves Medicare. Loves teachers. He even loves the most important parts of Obamacare. What happened? Now, what does he have to say this new version of Mitt Romney about all the things he’s actually promised to do as president? Tax breaks for outsourcers? Never heard of such a thing. Saying we should cut back on teachers? Doesn’t ring a bell.

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