Obama seeks to turn change comment against Romney

President Obama on Friday sought to turn his comments about being unable to change Washington from the inside against his opponent Mitt Romney.

Obama lambasted Romney during a rally in Virginia for getting “really excited” about the comment, joking that that the Republican nominee — who has been on the defensive in recent weeks — “rewrote his speech real quick” and mocked him for having “stood up at a rally and proudly declared ‘I'll get the job done from the inside.’ ”

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“You can't change Washington just from the inside,” the president said at the outdoor campaign event. “You change it from the outside. You change it because people are mobilized. You change it with the help of ordinary Americans ... That's what moves the country forward.”

Obama’s remarks come a day after Romney accused the president, who campaigned on a message of hope and change in 2008, of throwing “the white flag of surrender.”

“He said he can't change Washington from the inside,” Romney told a crowd Thursday in Florida. “We're going to give him that chance in November. He's going outside.”

Obama on Friday said, “What kinda inside job is he talking about?” to laughter from the crowd.

“Is it the job of rubber stamping the top down, you're-on-your-own agenda of this Republican Congress? Because if it is, we don't want it,” Obama said.

“Is it the job of letting oil companies writing our energy policy, we don't want it. If it's the job of outsources writing our tax code, we don't want it. If it's the job of letting politicians decide who you can marry or control the healthcare choices that women should be able to make for themselves, we'll take a pass,” he said.

Obama also slapped Romney for his recent comments about 47 percent of Americans seeing themselves as “victims” dependent on government aid.

“We don't want an inside job in Washington,” Obama said. “We want change in Washington. And from the day we began this campaign, we've always said that change takes more than one term or even one president. And it certainly takes more than one party. It can't happen if you write off half the nation before you even took office.”


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