2012 ELECTION

President Obama paints Romney as ignorant of Americans

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MIAMI (AP) - Stepping up his criticism of Mitt Romney's caught-on-tape moment, President Barack Obama said Thursday that his Republican rival's comments about voters suggest he doesn't know Americans very well.

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"When you express an attitude that half the country considers itself victims, that somehow they want to be dependent on government, my thinking is maybe you haven't gotten around a lot," Obama said at a candidate forum on Spanish-language network Univision.

Obama was speaking a day after the Republican appeared at the same forum and said he was committed to all Americans.

Romney continued to try to clarify his remarks Thursday before an audience of about 250 in Sarasota, where donors paid between $2,500 and $50,000 to meet the Republican nominee.

"I care about every person in America," Romney said. "I know what it takes to help those people and I will."

Obama and Romney were crisscrossing Florida on Thursday, with their travel plans nearly overlapping in Miami. Romney departed the city for fundraisers and a rally in Sarasota only a few hours before Air Force One landed at the same airport.

Obama was attending a fundraiser in Tampa later Thursday where Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder was scheduled to perform. About 85 people were expected at the event, with tickets starting at $20,000 a person.

The Univision forum gave them a chance to chase support from Latinos who vote in large numbers in many of the swing states that will decide the election.

Democrats have traditionally had an advantage with Hispanics, but Obama faced tough questions on his unfulfilled pledge to overhaul the nation's immigration system.

Obama said the lack of immigration reform legislation was his biggest failure as president and "not for a lack of trying or desire."

He said he couldn't find a single Republican to help work on the legislation.

"I'm happy to take responsibility for being naive here," the president said when pressed to admit he broke his promise.

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos interjected, "You promised us, and a promise is a promise. And with all due respect, you didn't keep that promise."

Obama responded that the president is not "all powerful" and needs cooperation.

He argued that he would be a better president for Hispanics than Romney.

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