Romney says Obama campaign ‘taking on water’

HENDERSON, Nev. — Mitt Romney said Tuesday the debates have “supercharged” his supporters and left President Obama’s campaign “taking on water” as he traveled out west, seeking to shore up his support in several states before returning to the eastern battlegrounds.

“He’s been reduced to trying to defend characters on Sesame Street,” the Republican presidential nominee told supporters who overflowed the Henderson Pavilion in this suburb of Las Vegas.

Running mate Paul Ryan joined him at the event, where the Republican ticket gloated over Mr. Romney’s performances in all three debates, including Monday’s session focused on foreign policy, in which he embraced many of the president’s decisions but promised a bolder embrace of allies and stiffer opposition to world enemies.

But with this election still firmly rooted in domestic issues, the Republicans repeatedly pointed back to the economy and argued Mr. Obama has laid out few specifics about how he would right things.

“Look, the president has run out of ideas,” Mr. Ryan said. “That’s why he’s running a small campaign about small things and hoping he can distract people from the reality in front of us.”

On Tuesday the president’s campaign fought back, releasing a 20-page brochure they said they’ll send to voters in battleground states detailing Mr. Obama’s economic plans for the country in a second term.

“The president has a strong message about how we rebuild this economy, the specific steps we need to take, how we build this economy from the middle class out,” campaign adviser David Axelrod told reporters Tuesday morning. “And it stands in stark contrast to the same old failed policies from the last decade that have been offered by Governor Romney.”

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