US President Barack Obama has implicated Republican rival Mitt Romney as "a very talented salesman," as he addressed a packed crowd of 4,000 energised supporters in the Mentor High School in Ohio.
"Refusing to answer the details of your policies until after the election, that's not change. That's the oldest trick in the book," the New York Daily News quoted Obama, as saying, as he ridiculed Romney's attempt to seize the battle cry of "change" that the president used to great effect four years ago.
"Changing the facts when they're inconvenient to your campaign, that's not change," he added
According to the report, the Democrat declared that he's the true agent of change in the race, someone who can take on the "protectors of the status quo.
Obama's visit to Mentor, his fourth rally in Ohio in 24 hours, was arguably his most important stop of the day. He can all but derail Romney's White House dreams if he can capture Ohio's 18 electoral votes, the report said.
And that means Obama needs Mentor, which calls itself the City of Choice, to choose him. It's a city filled with the kind of moderate white voters who supported Obama in 2008, but are giving Romney a serious look this year, the report added.