NASHUA, N.H. —
The schedule disruptions didn't stop the two candidates from again delivering sharply personal attacks on one another Saturday. Obama used his appearance near Romney's home state of Massachusetts to accuse him of raising taxes on the middle class when he was governor in the form of a wide-range of service fees in order to collect $750 million in revenue.
"There were higher fees to be a barber, a nurse, to get gas, to buy milk, for blind people to get the certification that they were blind," Obama said, before cracking a joke that played off the birther conspiracy that the president was not born in the United States. "He raised fees on people to get birth certificates, which would have been expensive for me."
The president said Romney's record shows that he promises one thing while campaigning but delivers another once in office. Obama's campaign has sought to paint Romney as untrustworthy since their first debate, when the GOP candidate appeared to reverse himself on several positions related to his tax plan and education.
"This is a guy who has a track record saying one thing and doing something else," Obama said.
Meanwhile, Romney swooped into Florida's Republican-dominated panhandle to rally his conservative base, charging that Obama was "shrinking from the magnitude of the times" and pledging to undo much of his first-term record.
Romney continued his new mantra that he would bring "real change and big change to America," and promised to work across the aisle with Democrats to tackle big challenges such as the growing debt. And, visiting an area heavily populated with active and retired military, Romney slammed Obama for mocking him in the last debate over his proposal to add more ships to the Navy.