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In St. Augustine, Biden says 'Romnesia' spreading to Ryan; Ann Romney stops at 5K in Orlando

ST. AUGUSTINE — Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd Saturday that "Romnesia" is spreading to Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

Biden began telling the crowd about the new word President Barack Obama used the day before to describe what he calls Republican Mitt Romney's changing polices. In anticipation, several of the 950 supporters packed into a basketball gym began shouting "Romnesia!"

"That man is contagious. Congressman Ryan caught it as well," Biden said to loud cheers.

He said the Wisconsin representative is now giving a new explanation for cuts in the budget he oversaw and passed in the House.

"He says we don't cut the budget; we just slow the growth of the budget. Well, tell that to all those folks on Medicare. Tell that to all those folks on Medicaid," Biden said.

Ryan campaigned on Saturday near Pittsburgh and in Belmont, Ohio. He echoed Romney's criticism that Obama has failed to tell Americans what he would do with four more years.

"He's not even telling you what he plans on doing," Ryan told a rain-soaked crowd of about 1,100 people at a campground in coal-rich eastern Ohio.

Obama's campaign disputes the notion that the president hasn't outlined a detailed second-term agenda, saying he's called for immigration reform, ending tax breaks for upper income earners, fully implementing his health care overhaul and ending the war in Afghanistan.

Both Obama and Romney retreated from the campaign trail Saturday to bone up on foreign policy for Monday night's debate in Boca Raton, leaving the work of courting voters to their running mates and spouses.

Romney's wife, Ann, campaigned Saturday in Florida, including a stop in Orlando, and first lady Michelle Obama planned a campaign stop in the state on Monday ahead of the debate.

Both campaigns are targeting Florida and its 29 electoral votes.

Obama to visit Tampa

President Barack Obama will visit Tampa on Thursday as part of a two-day blitz across six battleground states, the campaign said Saturday. Details on the stop in Tampa were not provided. The tour begins in Iowa and goes to Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Virginia and Ohio.

— Alex Leary. Times staff writer

In St. Augustine, Biden says 'Romnesia' spreading to Ryan; Ann Romney stops at 5K in Orlando 10/20/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 20, 2012 9:32pm]
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