A sprightly Barack Obama bounded on to the stage before thousands of supporters at an event in Florida, kicking off the final two weeks of campaigning before the US presidential election.
And it’s no wonder there is a spring in his step as polls suggest he was the clear winner of the third and final televised candidate’s debate in the sunshine state.
Obama told the crowd his opponent is suffering from what he calls “Romnesia”: “You can choose to turn back the clock 50 years for immigrants and gays and women, or in this election you can decide if we will remain an inclusive, generous country where no matter who you are, or what you look like, or where you come from, or who you love, you can make it if you try, you have got a place in the American family. That is what is at stake right now.”
Campaigning in Nevada with his running mate Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney accused his adversary of lacking a clear agenda.
“Attacks on me are not an agenda. The president – we have gone through four debates now, we have gone through four debates, with the vice presidential debate and my debates, and we have not heard an agenda from the President. And that is why his campaign is taking on water and our campaign is full speed ahead,” Romney said.
Both candidates will criss-cross the country over the next two weeks, campaigning in key electoral battleground states. Polling day is on November 6.