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Obama campaign releases excerpts as crowd awaits president

Posted Jun 22, 2012 by William March

Updated Jun 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, who’s also chairman of the Democratic National Committee is now warming up the crowd for a speech expected to start in about half an hour by President Barack Obama at Hillborough Community College.

Meanwhile, the campaign just sent out some excerpts that suggest Obama’s speech will focus heavily on the economy:

“We’re going to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion.  I have a detailed plan that will cut spending we can’t afford, strengthen programs like Medicare for the long haul, and reform our tax code in a way that’s fair and responsible. 

“My plan will stop giving tax breaks to businesses that ship jobs and factories overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs and manufacturing right here in the United States of America. 

“Now, not only does Governor Romney disagree with this plan, today it was reported in The Washington Post that the companies his firm owned were ‘pioneers’ in the outsourcing of American jobs to places like China and India.  Pioneers! 

“Tampa, we don’t need an outsourcing pioneer in the Oval Office. We need a President who will fight for American jobs and American manufacturing.  And that’s what my plan will do.”

The crowd—perhaps a thousand people in bleachers along one wall of the HCC Dale Mabry campus gym and about that many more standing on the floor, is fairly pumped up, applauding loudly at references by Wasserman Schultz, and in a campaign video, to Obama’s re-election, to the death of Osama bin Laden, the health care reform act and other achievements of the administration.

The Romney campaign, meanwhile, has been calling reporters to let them know it will have a press spokesman available in the HCC parking lot for responses after the speech.

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