Obama Asks for Florida Win as his Birthday Wish
According to recent surveys, President Barack Obama has a 6 point lead in Florida, which is considered as a vital swing state. He spoke to a crowd in the Orlando suburb of Winter Park as he makes his birthday wish known two days before he becomes 51.
He said jokingly that winning Florida wouldn’t be a bad birthday present. He said this when he blew out the candles on his cake. He added that his wish has something to do with electoral votes. The crowd then sang Happy Birthday for the president. Around 2,500 supporters were inside the gymnasium at Rollins College, which is just outside Orlando. It is one of the most closely fought over counties in Florida.
The president gave a speech that lasted 20 minutes. He tackled topics that he has been part of his speeches all summer long. This includes his administration’s role in improving the auto industry, health care law upheld by the Supreme Court in June, and the job growth in the private sector.
President Obama also touted the recent report from the non-partisan Tax Policy Institute that stated Mitt Romney’s tax proposals would likely result in a net tax increase of $2,000 for the middle class wage earners. He said that Romney is asking people to pay more so that people like him can pay less.
The Romney campaign noted that one of the authors of the report used to work in the Obama administration while another author has expressed support for the president’s tax policies in the past. President Obama said that the Tax Policy Institute is headed by a former Bush administration economist. He also responded to the Romney’s campaign contention that the study didn’t account for the possibility of a robust economic recovery. He said that the tax cuts on wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations that Romney wants don’t work for the good of the nation.