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Obama Met by 11,000 Supporters at St. Pete College

On Saturday, St. Petersburg College hosted President Barack Obama, who spoke to more than 11,000 supporters

President Barack Obama spoke to more than 11,000 people Saturday at St. Petersburg College in Seminole, hoping to continue his momentum from the 2012 Democratic National Convention. 

Obama told the crowd Saturday it is crucial the U.S. makes the right choice in November.  "I honestly believe this is the clearest choice of any time in our generation," Obama said. 

Obama, who after the Seminole event headed to Orlando, said it is important to keep Florida a blue state. 

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, who also spoke at Saturday's campaign event, said if Obama secures Florida's 29 electoral votes, "That's the election." 

He said Pinellas County and the I-4 corridor are the part of the state that would push Obama over the top to victory in November. 

On Saturday, Obama reiterated many of his talking points from his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

He criticized Mitt Romney for not mentioning the troops during the Republican National Convention.

He slammed the GOP presidential candidate hard for not laying out his tax plan.

"They want your vote, but they don't want you to know their plans," Obama said. "… And that’s because all they’ve got left is the same prescription that they’ve had for 30 years.

"Tax cuts. Tax cuts. Cut a few regulations. More tax cuts," Obama added. "Tax cuts when times are good. Tax cuts when times are bad. Tax cuts to help you lose a few extra pounds. Tax cuts to help your love life." 

He said strengthening the middle class and continuing their tax breaks is more important than the "top-down" approach that would give tax breaks to millionaires. 

Straying from his speech on Thursday, Obama specifically mentioned the affordable care act. He said his opponents try to label it negatively as "Obamacare," but at least that name says he cares, he said. 

"Mr. Romney says he is going to repeal it, so that means Romney (doesn't) care," Obama said. 

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist introduced Obama Saturday. Crist's introduction was preceded by speeches from Congresswoman Kathy Castor and Nelson. 

Anti-Westboro Baptist September 10, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Wow last I checked this was just a News post about our President coming to town and some people having a good time. Did any of you go to the event? The event is the story. I have noticed this on Yahoo also, a story about ice skating then the comment section filled with political hate and jabs back and forth. If you want a debate come on over to the story about the Dunedin laundry mat owner who tells PBO to "kiss her ass" on a sign in front of her business. That would seem a better place for this type of talk.
Sandy Heins September 10, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The Repubicans have painted a vague picture that the people collecting welfare and food stamps are fat black women with a bunch of kids, but in fact white people make up that picture by 64%.
Randy Kricke September 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Lynda, Did you know the motto of the communist party is "Forward>" Do you think that a bit odd? You mention Bain was job killing and out sourcing. I know people that got jobs because of Bain and jobs that were saved because of Bain. The percentage is much larger in the save column. Also you mention that Mitt did not serve in the Military. Can you tell me which Branch of the Military Barack served in. I cannot understand the support the Obama receives from people like yourself when he so clearly is working against this country's best interests.
Bob Tankel September 30, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Randy, for the record, Willard got deferments from 1965-1970, on "religious" grounds. He spent part of that time in France as a missionary converting Catholics and Protestants and whoever he could lay his hands on to Mormonism. Odd for a man who announces his vice president with -0- military experience and who has spent his entire adult life working FOR the government he now decries as being too big. These men are a draft dodger born with a silver car in his mouth and a "wonk" congressman who has sucked the teat of government his whole life, totally out of touch with the USA. They deserve to be tossed into the dust bin of history, not awarded with the highest jobs in the land. And while I'm at it name me ONE thing B. Hussein Obama is doing or has done to harm this land? It took W 8 years to get into 2 wars of choice, take out our strongest counter to the Iranians, create ZERO net jobs, double the debt and throw this country into the worst recession and brink of world depression and 2 years into his term we think electing a bunch of tea partiers to Congress, with Mitch McConnell saying the TOP priority of the GOP is to deny him a second term? You and your ilk have microwave memories; If my 18 y/o kid did equal damage to our car he'd wait until he is 40 until he got the keys back, and you want to hand them over now? Good Grief!
Dad of Three September 30, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Ms McAloon, you are way off base on GM; I continue to follow them from an investment perspective and your comment is speculative, and undoubtedly self-serving for political purposes. As for your final grenade into the tents of your fellow Americans, our troops have every opportunity to cast absentee ballots, as they have done under every president in recent memory. Furthermore, the Obama Administration has been more supportive of the needs of the troops - and, their families, which is very important for anyone who has ever deployed - than most Administrations. I love those Presidents who spend oodles of bucks on hardware ships, planes, tanks, whatever - but then screw the troops themselves and their families. Obama is finally getting that personal support right. As someone who himself deployed in war, and later retired in 1992 from the military, I am very sensitive to these needs; my military generation basically got screwed by the presidential administrations of the 60's, 70's and 80's. But, I realize you are trying to smear President Obama, because you and some others posting here really, really hate him, and always have.

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