Romney says Obama promised moon, never launched

St. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Mitt Romney, on his own again after two days of campaigning with his new running mate, opened a visit to the important swing state of Florida bashing President Obama, extolling U.S. success in the Olympics – and taking a dig at China.

Speaking at Flagler College here, not far from the Space Coast, Romney said that Obama promised voters the moon “but never got off the launch pad,” and needs to be replaced with a team that can deliver, he and Rep. Paul Ryan.

Romney also returned to a favorite theme – America as an extraordinary nation - extraordinary character, with the U.S. medal haul at the summer Olympics for fresh evidence.

“This is still the greatest nation on earth,” Romney said. “I know there are people around the world who are always critical of America, have something negative to say, say our greatest days are in the past. Baloney! We just won more Olympic medals than any other nation on earth. We also just landed on Mars and took a good look at what’s going on there.”

Continuing the space theme, Romney thumped his chest about the Apollo program.

“I know that China is planning on going to the moon, and I hope they have a good experience doing that,” Romney said. “I hope they stop in and take a look at our flag that was put there 43 years ago!”