President Barack Obama went after Gov. Mitt Romney during a campaign stop at McArthur High School in Hollywood, Fla., on Sunday afternoon for “changing facts” to fit his policy proposals, while sounding a familiar note by saying that those proposals have already failed in the past already.
Obama, and the elected officials who took the stage before him forcefully reminded the crowd that voting, and getting others to vote, is the most important thing they can do in the next two days.
Obama pointed to Romney’s five-point plan and other policies, which the former Massachusetts governor has described as a “change” from Obama during recent days, as misrepresenting facts and history.
“Changing the facts when they’re inconvenient to your campaign,” Obama said, “that’s certainly not change.”
The president attempted to draw a difference between the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, pointing to the success of the 1990s and ideas about taxes and investment he has said helped the economy be successful while Clinton was president.
“Let’s think about this for a second: you’ve got ideas that we’ve tried that did work, and you’ve got ideas that we’ve tried that didn’t work,” Obama said. “Gov. Romney’s a real talented salesman. So, in this campaign, he’s trying to repackage these old ideas that didn’t work and pretend that they’re new ideas - and he’s offering them up as change.”
Obama reiterated calls for voters to select candidates who will work to “move this country forward,” regardless of party, because of the overall inaction of Congress in Washington - what he referred to repeatedly as the “status quo.”
The first time Obama mentioned Romney by name, the crowd booed, drawing a rebuke from the president. “I don’t want you to boo,” he said, “I want you to vote.”
Both the Obama and Romney campaigns have turned their focus to making sure voters show up on Tuesday as polls across the country have continued to tighten in the last two weeks.
Meaghan Hardy, Broward County regional field director for the Obama campaign, urged members of the crowd to leave the rally and go knock on doors, and to do the same after they vote on Tuesday.
Following Hardy, Florida Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) echoed those sentiments with stronger language about the importance of Obama supporters to his campaign.
“The other side, the most precious thing they’ve got is a handful of billionaires trying to buy Mitt Romney the White House,” Wasserman-Schultz said “We’ve got you - and I’m going with you.”
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist also spoke in support of Obama, declaring he was there “because I love Barack Obama.”
Crist said that Floridians should remember that Obama “was there for us after hurricanes and BP the same way he’s tried to work with Gov. [Chris] Christie [in New Jersey].”
Reiterating the importance of voting, Crist said, “if the lines are long, pack a sandwich... The country’s at stake and we could determine it.”
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