Florida campaign flurry
July 19th, 2012
09:01 PM ET

Florida campaign flurry

JACKSONVILLE (CNN)–Florida is an up-for-grabs state and both President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney are locked in a neck and neck race trying to convince voters their policies will help fix the nation's economic problems.

Thursday, the president made his fourth campaign stop in the last month to the state that represents a whopping 29 electoral votes.

In the reliably Republican city of Jacksonville, the president offered his supporters a reason to stick with him then cast a wider net by going after his opponent on an issue that resonates with senior voters–Medicare.

"He plans to turn Medicare into a voucher program," the president told a crowd of some 3000 people at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. "Now, Florida, that's the wrong way to go... We shouldn't be squeezing more money out of seniors who are just barely getting by right now. My plan is to squeeze more money out of the health care system by eliminating waste, and going after abuse and fraud in Medicare."

Senior citizens make up 18 percent of Florida's population.

The Obama re-election campaign says the president's policies will strengthen Medicare, a view not shared by his opponent.
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Obama says yes to Olympic tribute
July 19th, 2012
05:37 PM ET

Obama says yes to Olympic tribute

President Obama is in support of a proposed tribute at the London Olympics to honor the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed at the 1972 games in Munich.

“Yes, we absolutely support the campaign for a minute of silence at the Olympics to honor the Israeli athletes killed in Munich,” said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.

The son of one of the 1972 Munich victims, Moshe Weinberg, thanked President Obama on Twitter: RT @GuriWeinberg: I'm literally crying right now. Thank you, President Obama.

According to Yahoo News, spokeswoman for Mitt Romney Andrea Saul said "the Republican standard-bearer had taken no public stance on the issue.”

Read more about the controversy over the proposed tribute at CNN.com.


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Morgan Freeman gives pro-Obama PAC a million
July 19th, 2012
10:04 AM ET

Morgan Freeman gives pro-Obama PAC a million

(CNN) – Actor Morgan Freeman, currently starring in the latest installment of the Batman franchise, donated $1 million last month to the super PAC supporting President Barack Obama, the group's filings with the Federal Election Commission will show on Friday.

In a statement, Freeman listed the accomplishments he said spurred his donation to Priorities USA Action.

"Pres. Obama has done a remarkable job in historically difficult circumstances," Freeman wrote. "He ended combat operations in Iraq, put in place sensible reforms of Wall Street, saved the auto industry and protected the health care of every American. He has led our nation to be more tolerant and placed impressive, accomplished women on the Supreme Court."

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Topics: President Obama • Super PAC
POTUS Day Ahead: Sunshine State edition
July 19th, 2012
08:38 AM ET

POTUS Day Ahead: Sunshine State edition

The president travels to all-important Florida today for a two-day, four-city campaign swing. The latest Mason-Dixon poll shows Obama holding a 46-to-45 percent lead in the Sunshine State over presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney, but that is within that poll's 3.5 percent margin of error. In 2008 Obama won the state by three points.

According to the campaign, the president will "discuss the choice in this election between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy, create middle-class jobs and pay down the debt.”  Unemployment in Florida is at 8.6% and the state has the fifth highest home foreclosure rate in the country.

Thursday the president will speak at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville and then attend a closed-press campaign event at the same venue. He’ll then travel to West Palm Beach to deliver remarks at Century Village, a retirement community. He will attend one more closed-door campaign event before returning to his hotel in Manalapan, FL.

Here’s the schedule as released by the White House:

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