GOP contender Mitt Romney pounced on President Obama's words in a campaign event in Denver Sunday.
Following a difficult couple of weeks for the Romney campaign, Republicans believe the president offered Romney a gaffe of his own during an interview with Univision last week.
"The most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside," Obama said.
Romney has since leaped at the opportunity to use Obama's comments as an endorsement of sorts for bringing new blood into Washington, and maintained that rhetoric Sunday night, telling an enthusiastic crowd at Denver's D'Evelyn High School to make Obama an outsider again come November 6.
A new web ad reiterating that point, called "No, I Can't," was released by Romney for President Monday morning.
Romney will next head to Pueblo just over a week after cancelling a visit there due to a fatal plane crash. A rally has been planned for Monday morning at the Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, located at 31001 Magnuson Ave. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., program starts at noon.
Romney has been on the defense for much of September after a widely criticized response to the attack on an American embassy in Libya, which killed four Americans, followed by a leaked tape from a closed-door fundraiser showing the candidate in what many felt was an unflattering light: cracking jokes to a group of millionaires about how much easier getting elected would be if he were Latino, expressing doubts about Palestinians' desire for peace, and appearing to write off almost half the country as moochers. Falling behind the president in swing states based on new polls and amid criticism that he spending more time fundraising than campaigning, Romney added the two Colorado stops to his schedule last week.
While flying to Denver, Romney told reporters that it was Obama's decision to raise unlimited amounts of money rather than accepting federal matching funds that has forced him to fundraise rather than campaign.
"I'd far rather be spending my time out in the key swing states campaigning, door-to-door if necessary, but in rallies and various meetings, but fundraising is a part of politics when your opponent decides not to live by the federal spending limits," he said.
Romney said he declined the matching funds in order to stay competitive with the president.
Romney also accused Obama of mischaracterizing him, suggesting that was the cause of his slipping in the polls.
"I think that the president's campaign has focused its advertising in many cases on very inaccurate portrayals of my positions," Romney said. "They've been very aggressive in their attacks both on a personal basis and on a policy basis." He went on to tell reporters the attacks were making it harder for him to get his message to voters.