April 10th, 2012
10:33 PM ET
West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN) – In his first big trip of the second fund-raising quarter, President Barack Obama hauled in at least $1.75 million at three fund-raisers in Florida on Tuesday.
At all three campaign events – and during his one official event at Florida Atlantic University – the president told supporters that this election will feature one of the starkest contrasts in history between any two candidates running for president.
At a lunchtime event, the president spoke at the private residence of former Raytheon Aircraft CEO Hansel Tookes in Palm Beach Gardens. Roughly 60 guests paid at least $10,000 a person to attend the event, and the president stuck mainly to familiar campaign themes.
"Our goal has not just been to make sure we didn't go into a depression, our goal is how do we build on the successes that are necessary for us to compete in this 21st century economy that's going to be tougher than ever," Obama said, after going through a list of his administration's accomplishments.
Read the full article over at the Ticker.
April 10th, 2012
06:11 PM ET
BOCA RATON, Fla. (CNN) – Without mentioning the names of his Republican rivals, President Barack Obama took his ideological opponents to task on Tuesday during a speech on Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University. Trumpeting themes of fairness and equal sacrifice, the president used facts and figures to argue that a continuation of current tax breaks to the nation’s top-earners would be the wrong way to tackle the country’s mounting debt.
“A lot of the folks who were peddling these trickle-down theories, including members of Congress and some people who are running for a certain office right now who shall not be named- they're doubling down on these old, broken down theories,” the president said, pointing to the budget recently passed by House Republicans as an example.
In Obama’s description, the budget “showers the wealthiest Americans with even more tax cuts and then pays for these tax cuts by gutting investments in education, in medical research, in clean energy, in health care.”
The president warned his young audience that if the plan’s proposals became law, many of them would lose $1,000 each in financial aid funding for college, and by the time they retired Medicare would have been replaced by a voucher system, the value of which would be quickly outpaced by rising health care costs. FULL POST
April 10th, 2012
08:13 AM ET
President Obama heads to Florida to tout the Buffett rule, a concept that he’s been promoting since before the State of the Union. He’ll head to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton to give a speech about the economy where he’ll continue to push a tax increase for people making over a million dollars a year.
The vote in the Senate is in less than a week and while some say the bill won’t make it very far, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the vote will put senators on the record, "[T]hat's what votes do, they put Senators on record and we will see how senators handle that,....maybe those on the side of the fence, perhaps those who have been opposed to it in the past, will rethink their position, consider the fundamental fairness of the legislation and vote yes."
He’ll also attend three different fundraisers while in Florida.
Full schedule after the jump