POSTED: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 5:49pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — President Obama tried out his closing campaign argument in Delray Beach, Florida Tuesday, charging Mitt Romney can't be trusted.
"Everything he's doing right now is to hide his real positions and win the election," Mr. Obama said. "And Florida, you know me. You can trust that I say, what I mean."
The president mounted a forceful attack in Monday night's debate as well.
"Both at home and abroad he has proposed wrong and reckless policies," President Obama said of Mitt Romney.
He went on to mock Romney's concerns about a shrinking U.S. Navy, saying we also have fewer "horses and bayonets" and pointing out that it's the capability of our fleet that matters, not a "game of 'Battleship'".
That angered the previous Obama opponent, Arizona Senator John McCain.
"He seemed to take these cheap shots -- that's not presidential," McCain complained.
Former Governor Romney held his ground.
"I look around the world, I don't see our influence growing around the world. I see our influence receding," Romney said.
Republicans in Florida, the site of the debate and a crucial battleground state, were pleased.
"I think Mitt Romney had a tactical decision to look presidential. Look above the fray. That was obviously an appeal to moderate women and independents in general," said Romney supporter Steve Bell.
At this point, the battleground math seems to favor President Obama.
He can lose in Florida, but still take Ohio and win.