US President Barack Obama headed back to Virginia on the campaign trail on Friday as he stepped up his bid for a second term in the White House.
His 16th visit to this critical swing state was buoyed by his widely praised performance in the second TV debate.
Two weeks ahead of the vote, Obama accused Republican opponent Mitt Romney of flip-flopping on the economy, taxes and healthcare.
“I mean, he’s changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping, we’ve got to name this condition that he’s going through. I think it’s called Romnesia,” said the president.
The 9,000-strong crowd at the George Mason University football field in Fairfax repeatedly interrupted their commander-in-chief, shouting “four more years”.
America awaits the third and final TV debate on Monday night ahead of the November 6 election following a strong showing by Romney in the first and Obama seen as winning the second.
Stefan Grobe, our correspondent in Virginia told us that:
“Barack Obama is feeling that he has regained momentum. Latest post-debate polls in battlegrounds Iowa and Wisconsin see him in a comfortable lead. And get this: the Obama campaign tells us that the day after the second (TV)debate was the biggest campaign fundraising day for Obama in history, including 2008.”