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.