Published: Oct 11, 2012 6:25 PM EDT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- President Obama visited Florida Thursday for the first time since the first presidential debate, where he was criticized in some circles for not going after Gov. Mitt Romney hard enough.  He made a campaign stop at the University of Miami on Thursday afternoon.

During his campaign appearance, the President routinely jabbed at Romney's record and policies.

"You wouldn't know this by listening to the new, latest version of Mitt Romney.  He's trying to go through an extreme makeover," said President Obama.

President Obama told his supporters that electing Mitt Romney would only return the country to what he believes were failed policies of past Republican administrations.

"And he's counting on the fact that you don't remember that what he's selling is what got us into this mess in the first place," said the President.

The criticism was not the only topic for the President at his campaign stop apperance, he also ran down several of his own successes, including ending the war in Iraq, capturing Osama Bin Laden and starting to reverse the economic downturn. 

President Obama's statements, especially in regards to young people, got the strongest applause.

"I believe that we can make sure that every young person in America gets the education they need to compete," said President Obama.

The President will be back in Florida on October 22 to face Gov. Mitt Romney in the final presidential debate.