Obama: Romney Has ‘Romnesia’

By Melanie Arter | October 19, 2012 | 12:21 PM EDT

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama laugh as Romney gets up to address the 67th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) President Barack Obama, speaking at a campaign rally in Fairfax, Va., on Friday, said Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has “Romnesia.”

“He’s forgetting what his positions are, and he’s betting that you will too. I mean he’s changing up so much and backtracking. We’ve got to name this condition that he’s going through. I think it’s called Romnesia,” Obama said.

“That’s what it’s called. I think that’s what he’s going through. I’m not a medical doctor, but I do want to go over some of the symptoms with you, because I want to make sure no one else catches it,” the president said.

The president “diagnosed” Romney with Romnesia, saying he has changed his position on various issues, for example, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that the president signed into law, which is designed to close the income gap between men and women.

“You know, if you say you’re for equal pay for equal work, but you keep refusing to say whether or not you’d sign a bill that protects equal pay for equal work, you might have Romnesia,” he added.

“If you say women should have access to contraceptive care, but you support legislation that would let your employer deny you contraceptive care, you might have a case of Romnesia. If you say you’ll protect a woman’s right to choose, but you stand up at a primary debate and said that you’d be delighted to sign a law outlawing that right to choose in all cases, Man, you’ve definitely got Romnesia,” Obama said.

“This extends to other issues. If you say earlier in the year, I’m gonna give a tax cut to the top one percent and then in a debate you say, ‘I don’t know anything about giving tax cuts to rich folks,’ you need to get a thermometer, take a temperature, ‘cause you probably got Romnesia,” he said.

“If you say that you’re a champion of the coal industry when while you’re governor, you stood in front of a coal plant and said, ‘This plant will kill you,’ that’s some Romnesia,” the president said.

The good news, Obama said, is Romnesia is curable, and “Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions.”

“So, I think you’re beginning to be able to identify these symptoms, and if you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website or the promises you’ve made over the six years you’ve been running for president, here’s the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions,” he said.

“We can fix ya up! We’ve got a cure! We can make you well, Virginia! This is a curable disease,” the president added.