Democrats have been pushing the word “Romnesia” with increasing frequency on the campaign trail as Election Day draws closer. A combination of the words “Romney” and “amnesia,” the term is designed to imply that Mitt Romney has a selective memory about the positions he’s taken throughout the years.
Speaking at a campaign event in Virginia, Vice President Joe Biden said Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are fleeing from their record to appear more moderate than they truly are. In his estimation, Republicans “are counting on the American people to have an overwhelming case of amnesia” when it comes time to cast their vote.
While everyone understands that public figures meet and greet countless people each day, in the same speech Biden appeared to suffer a minor memory lapse himself. Introducing Senate candidate and former Virginia governor Tim Kaine, Biden remarked:
“It’s good to be in a state that’s going to be represented by Tim Kain. What a guy! What a decent, honorable man. That man has more integrity in his little finger than most people have in their entire body. I’m a big Tom Kain fan, a big Tom Kain fan.” [Emphasis added]
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Not long after, spokesmen for the Romney and Obama campaigns released statements.
“Vice President Biden forgot the name of his own Virginia Democratic Senate nominee and he wants voters to forget about President Obama’s failed economic policies and lack of a real agenda for a second term,” Ryan Williams, a spokesman for Romney, said in a statement.
Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith countered: “Once again, Mitt Romney’s campaign is showing their focus on the big things — like one letter in Tim Kaine’s name. If they put as much time and effort into their policies, maybe we’d finally have an answer for how they’d pay for $5 trillion in tax cuts weighted to the very wealthy.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.