President Obama in Ybor tells voters he has kept promises and is making some new ones

10/25/12 Janelle Irwin
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President Barack Obama rallied 8500 supporters in Ybor City early this morning as part of his final push to win a second term in the White House. The president has released a detailed jobs plan for the next four years he says is a huge jump on Romney’s plan, which Obama claims Romney won’t talk about.

According to the jobs plan on the campaign website, Obama’s plan would cut $4 trillion from the national deficit. He says it combines spending cuts with some tax increases to the country’s highest earners and wealthiest corporations.

“First I want to end tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas, give them to companies that are creating jobs right here in America. Number two, I want to cut our oil imports in half by 2020 so we control more of our own energy. Third, I want to make it a national mission to educate our kids and train our workers better than anyone else on earth. I want to recruit 100,000 new math and science teachers. I want to train two million workers at community colleges for the skills businesses are hiring for right now.”

Obama says his plan is in stark opposition to what his Republican opponent Mitt Romney is proposing which could add up to $8 trillion in new spending.

“That says folks at the very top get to play by a different set of rules than you do. They get to pay a lower tax rate. They outsource jobs. They want to roll back Wall Street reform. That was his philosophy in the boardroom, that was his philosophy as governor and if it sounds familiar it’s because that’s the philosophy that created a great recession.”

Many Obama supporters at the rally booed. William Dennis, a veteran, said the President’s jobs plan is more than what the opposition is offering.

“You don’t know what you’re going to get with him from one 24-hour cycle to the next.”

In previous speeches Obama has called Romney’s plan top down economics. Obama claims it’s not possible to pay for continued Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans unless taxes on people with lower incomes increases.

“He’s hoping you won’t remember he wants to give millionaires and billionaires a $250,000 tax cut because the only way he can pay for it is by either blowing up the deficit or making middle class families pay more in taxes.”

The speech comes just 12 days before the November 6 general election. Obama has spent a lot of time campaigning in Florida and other key swing states like Ohio and Virginia. But despite the quickly approaching Election Day, the Obama Camp is pushing voters to cast their ballots. Former Florida Governor and ex-Republican Charlie Crist has endorsed Obama and spoke at the rally. He urged voters to get as many people as they can to the polls.

“From now until the end – and we’ve got to run through the finish line – talk to your family members, talk to your students – your fellow students at school, people that you work with, people that you go to church or synagogue with, talk to everybody and take nothing for granted.”

Republicans have criticized Obama for failing to deliver on his 2008 campaign promises, citing stalled job growth and a still high unemployment rate. But Obama told supporters that he has kept plenty of promises.

“I told you I’d end the war in Iraq. I did. I told you we’d transition out of Afghanistan and we are. I said we’d go after those who actually attacked us on 9/11. Al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat. Osama bin Ladin is dead. A new tower is rising over the New York skyline. Our heroes are coming home. I’ve kept those promises.”

He also boasted his success with healthcare reform even though it is one of the most highly contested policies of his first term among conservatives.

“I promised that we would pass healthcare reform so nobody goes bankrupt when they get sick. We have. I promised to preserve Medicare, we have.”

People packed into Centennial Park in Ybor City by the hundreds. Still hundreds more spilled out onto the sidewalks and surrounding areas where they could hear, but not see the President’s remarks. Brandon resident Ingrid Hunt is voting for Obama. One of her reasons is that she just doesn’t like Romney.

“I think he’s a blankety, blank blank – I do not care for the man at all.”

And her friend, Sharon Troupe, said people who criticize Obama for not delivering on his first four years in office are being impatient.

“Sometime it takes more than four years, but the four years he had he has improved and I think four more years, we will be more on track like we already are now.”

President Obama also met with employees and patrons at a doughnut shop on Kennedy Boulevard and then firefighters at a station on Church Avenue. The president has campaign events in Virginia this afternoon and Ohio tonight. He will cast his early vote this evening in Chicago where he is registered. Early voting in Florida starts on Saturday.

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