September 21, 2012 at 9:55 am
Mitt Romney went on the offensive in Sarasota on Thursday, attacking President Obama for throwing in the “white flag of surrender.”
“We face a Washington that’s broken, that can’t get the job done. The president today threw in the white flag of surrender again: He said he can’t change Washington from inside, he can only change it from outside,” Romney said, referring to a comment Obama made earlier Thursday in Miami, suggesting that major change only comes to Washington when the American people demand it.
Obama told a Univision forum on Thursday that his healthcare overhaul was a result of Americans exerting pressure on Washington. “The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside,” Obama said.
Romney quickly pounced on the remark, telling a crowd of 4,000 people at the Ringling Museum of Art that Obama’s “slogan was ‘Yes we can.’ Now it’s ‘No I can’t.’ ”
“No wonder he’s had such a hard time over the last four years,” Romney said.
“This is time for a new president. He went from the president of change to the president who can’t get change,” Romney added.
Romney, who was supposed to deliver an address on Medicare, instead devoted most of his 18-minute speech to attacking Obama.
The Obama campaign dismissed Romney’s remarks, calling the attack “wildly out of context.”