FAIRFAX, Va — President Obama told a cheering Virginia crowd that Mitt Romney had come down with the symptoms of a mysterious illness that he called "Romnesia."

"He's forgetting what his own positions are and he's betting that you will too," Obama said at a Friday rally on the campus of George Mason University.

"We've got to name this condition that he's going through," Obama said. "I think it's called Romnesia."

It's part of the Obama campaign's attempt to pin Romney down as a right wing ideologue and to keep him from moving to the center in the general election. Early on, the campaign made a strategic choice to portray the GOP nominee as extreme — rather than as a flip-flopping closet moderate.

"I'm not a medical doctor," Obama said at a rally that largely focused on women's issues. "But I do want to go over some of the symptoms with you because i want to make sure nobody else catches it."

Obama cited alleged Romney reversals on equal pay, abortion, middle class tax cuts and coal as "symptoms" of Romnesia.

"If you say you're for equal pay for equal work, but you keep refusing to sign a bill that protects equal pay for equal work, you might have Romnesia," Obama said.

Obama said, fortunately, there is a cure for Romnesia.

"Obamacare covers preexisting conditions. We can fix you up. We've got a cure. This is a curable disease," he said.


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If you think a 35% top tax rate is capitalism and a 39.6% top tax rate is socialism, you might have Romnesia.

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If you think food stamps for the poor are handouts and tax cuts for the rich aren't, you might have Romnesia.