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Published On: Sat, Sep 8th, 2012

President Obama talks to Florida supporters in Pinellas with Bill Nelson and Charlie Crist

President Obama follows the DNC with an optimistic speech in St Pete, Florida as critics attack the latest job numbers.

President Obama at St Pete college in Seminole photo/Brandon Jones

Senator Bill Nelson and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist introduced the President to a couple thousand fans at St. Pete College in Seminole.

“No matter what the naysayers may say for political reasons, there is not a country on earth that wouldn’t trade places with the United States of America,” the President proclaimed to the crowd.

Tbo.com published that crowd was around 11,000, but other sources estimated a much smaller figure. The energetic crowd responded to similar statements made during this week’s Democratic National Convention held in Tampa.

“Tax cuts, tax cuts, cut a few regulations … tax cuts to help you lose a few extra pounds. Tax cuts to help your love life. (This is) to offer is the same prescriptions they’ve had for 30 years,” referring to the Mitt Romney proposals.

“Let me tell you, we have been there, we have tried that route and it didn’t work,” Obama said. “We are going forward.”

Someone in the crowd then shouted “it doesn’t help,” Obama then bent over laughing.

The President spoke for nearly 30 minutes, talked about the benefits of the health care law, which he laughingly called “Obamacare.”

“I do care,” he said. “Mr. Romney says he wants to repeal it, which means his plan is Romney-don’t-care.”

Senator Bill Nelson took the stage early to magnify Florida’s role in the election.

“You’re in the state that is ‘Ground Zero’ in the presidential (race), and you are in the location in the state that is ‘Ground Zero’,” Nelson told the crowd. “If President Obama carries Florida, with 29 electoral votes, that’s the election.”

Crist took the stage to discuss his exit from the GOP and his support for the President.

“When I served as a Republican governor – you know I’m not in that party anymore, they left me – but when I was still in that party, even though I was a Republican … President Obama was there for us,” Crist said.

President Obama is headed east to Kissimmee for a rally Saturday afternoon.

photo/Brandon Jones

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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