Obama courts Florida voters as Romney plays religion card

September 9, 2012 10:01 am
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Obama planned to meet with supporters in Melbourne and West Palm Beach as he pursued his strategy of winning over undecided voters in so-called battleground or swing state/FILE
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept 9 – US President Barack Obama was to woo Florida voters Sunday after Republican Mitt Romney thrust religion to the center of the White House race as he sought to underscore the rivals’ different approach to traditional values.

Obama planned to meet with supporters in Melbourne and West Palm Beach as he pursued his strategy of winning over undecided voters in so-called battleground or swing states.

Florida, where the president will be spending his second day, is one of 12 such states, which don’t have a pronounced political preference and whose voters will likely determine the outcome of the November 6 election.

Obama spoke Saturday in St Petersburg where he was introduced by Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor of the Sunshine State, who says he was driven from his party after losing a Senate primary to Tea Party-backed Marco Rubio in 2010.

“The values we are fighting for are not Democratic values, they are not Republican values, they are American values,” Obama said, as his campaign flexed organizational muscle and turned out 11,000 people.

The president renewed his attack on Romney over what he calls “trickle-down” Republican economics that have demonstrably failed and would risk igniting a new financial crisis.

“The values we are fighting for are not Democratic values, they are not Republican values, they are American values,” Obama said, as his campaign flexed organizational muscle and turned out 11,000 people.

“Tax cuts, tax cuts, gut a few regulations,” Obama said in characterizing Romney’s agenda.

“More tax cuts, tax cuts when times are good, tax cuts when times are bad. Tax cuts to lose a few extra pounds, tax cuts to improve your love life.”

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