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Associated Press

Posted on October 20, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 20 at 7:04 AM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says President Barak Obama has reduced the campaign to "petty attacks and silly word games."

Romney made the comment at a Friday night rally in Daytona Beach, Fla. He also told supporters that the Obama has no agenda. In a battleground state where the senior vote is large, Romney repeated the charge that the president has slashed more than $700 billion from Medicare to pay for "Obamacare." The administration says the reductions are savings from providers, not beneficiaries. Romney was joined at the outdoor event by running mate Paul Ryan.

Earlier in Virginia, President Barack Obama accused Romney of forgetting his own stances on issues and said the reason is what he called "Romnesia."

The candidates are stepping off the campaign trail this weekend for debate preparations ahead of Monday's third and final face-off in Boca Raton, Fla. Romney was staying in South Florida to practice, while Obama and top aides headed to Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, to prepare for the foreign policy-focused debate.

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226-a-12-(Vice President Joe Biden, at campaign rally)-"and it's contagious"-Vice President Biden says President Obama is right to say Mitt Romney has disavowed so many of his own positions he's suffering from "Romnesia." (19 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *226 (10/19/12)>> 00:12 "and it's contagious"

216-w-35-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., GOP vice presidential candidate, and President Obama)--As the presidential campaign heads into one of its final weekends, President Obama and his GOP foes have been are arguing over their economic plans. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (19 Oct 2012)

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197-a-12-(Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., GOP vice presidential candidate, at campaign roundtable with business owners)-"coming from government"-GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says President Obama's overspending and overregulating explains why the recovery has been so halting. (19 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *197 (10/19/12)>> 00:12 "coming from government"

182-a-16-(President Obama, at campaign rally)-"definitely got Romnesia (cheers fade)"-President Obama says women should be familiar with the symptoms of "Romnesia." (19 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *182 (10/19/12)>> 00:16 "definitely got Romnesia (cheers fade)"

183-a-12-(President Obama, at campaign rally)-"running for president"-President Obama says "Romnesia" is characterized by an shocking memory lapses. (19 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *183 (10/19/12)>> 00:12 "running for president"

185-w-36-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., GOP vice presidential candidate)--The GOP ticket says it's increasingly clear President Obama has some explaining to do about the attack that killed America's ambassador to Libya. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (19 Oct 2012)

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181-a-13-(President Obama, at campaign rally)-"it's called Romnesia (cheers fade)"-President Obama says Mitt Romney seems to be suffering from a strange malady that makes him unable to remember his own policies. (19 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *181 (10/19/12)>> 00:13 "it's called Romnesia (cheers fade)"

261-a-08-(Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Republican vice presidential nominee, at campaign rally)-"the United States (cheers fade)"-Republican vice presidential nominee Congressman Paul Ryan introduces Mitt Romney to the crowd of supporters. (19 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *261 (10/19/12)>> 00:08 "the United States (cheers fade)"

265-a-14-(Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, at campaign rally)-"more government workers"-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he has a plan for job creation. (19 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *265 (10/19/12)>> 00:14 "more government workers"

263-a-12-(Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, at campaign rally)-"a second term (cheers fade)"-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he and Paul Ryan have plans to create jobs and balance the budget, unlike their Democratic rivals. (19 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *263 (10/19/12)>> 00:12 "a second term (cheers fade)"

262-a-16-(Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, at campaign rally)-"country on track (cheers fade)"-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says the Obama campaign has resorted to negative attacks and name-calling. (19 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO FLPE104: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to supporters while leaving the stage after speaking at the Daytona Beach Historic Bandshell during the Romney Ryan Victory Rally in Daytona Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) (19 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NY117: In this photo provided by Kathy Hackshaw, President Barack Obama greets a child during a campaign rally in Fairfax, Va., Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Courtesy Kathy Hackshaw) MANDATORY CREDIT (18 Oct 2012)

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