Obama keeps message on economy during Florida stop
April 13th, 2012
02:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama keeps message on economy during Florida stop

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Touching down in the key campaign state of Florida for the second time this week, President Obama pledged to further promote trade with Latin America and unveiled a new federal program to aide small businesses exporting south of the border.

“In Latin America alone in the last decade, tens of millions of people have stepped into the middle class,” Obama said to a group of small business owners at the Port of Tampa. “That means they have more money to spend, we want them to spend more money on American-made goods. “

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  1. Jerry

    Sorry, but this guy has no REAL message on the economy. He's frittered away 3+ years and has done little or nothing to improve the US economy. He really has no record to run on. Therefore, he's dancing around the real issues.

    America, don't be fooled, AGAIN!!!

    April 13, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. NameCatmandew

    Mr Obama unfortunately we don't live there so please worry about the peoplr that pay you first. Your administration has made it harder for just about all small bussinesses to survive.

    April 13, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Biotechdev

    The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama’s three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency. The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office. The latest posting from the Bureau of Public Debt at the Treasury Department shows the National Debt now stands at $15.566 trillion. It was $10.626 trillion on President Bush’s last day in office, which coincided with President Obama’s first day. The National Debt also now exceeds 100% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, the total value of goods and services

    April 13, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Independant Texan

    It is and always will be the economy– stupid !!!!!

    April 13, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Biotechdev

    The Buffet Rule is riidiculous election year theater. It raises 5 billion a year against Obama's TRILLION dollar deficits. Obama has added more to the debt in 4 years than Bush did in 8 according to the Bureau of Public Debt in the Treasury Department. he has spent the last few weeks starting class wars, race wars and gender wars – ALL to keep attention AWAY from the economy because his policies have failed. Now he pretends to focus on the economy...And CNN just goes along

    April 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Jerry – Your party almost destroyed our country with the Bush/republican economic disaster, and still will not help the president get out of your mess. That is counter to the oath elected officials swore. I am getting tired of your blame game, and the republican oath to Grover Norquist.

    April 13, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Cat – article kinda went right over your head, didn't it?

    April 13, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Oh PLEASE keep the message on the economy, Obama. PLEASE.

    April 13, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. electrovibe11

    You guys posting are freaking crazy. Obama has lowered the deficit EVERY YEAR since he's taken office. He has LOWERED TAXES for the middle class and (true) small businesses. He has seen a higher % of year to year GDP growth than bushes 8 yr avg of 1.5%. We have also seen nearly 2 years straight of job growth. These are the facts and is the reason why the GOP wants to focus on Rosen, abortion, contraceptive, Planned Parenthood, and guns. They don't want to run against his record because his record is GOOD, despite what Faux Noise is spewing for their propaganda point of the day.

    April 13, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Scott in Atlanta

    The Foxnews 'comment' section must be down right now, therefore, all the "would be" Hannity fans had to find somewhere to put their comments. Well... Well.. We just want to welcome you all! But be warned, you just might actually experience some truth and facts while here. I know it may take some getting used to, but please don't be alarmed. Afterall, they're just facts.

    April 13, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bush's last budget deficit was over $1.37 trillion. From what I have read, after TARP was included, Bush left Obama with a $12 trillion debt and a near depression. President Obama has added $3.5 trillion, but his last budget deficit was $977 billion, which is $600 billion less than Bush's last deficit. Instead of losing 8 million jobs in Bush's last three years, we have gained 4 million jobs in Obama's first 3 years.

    April 13, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    the president used facts and figures to argue
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    Exactly. The Party of No, meanwhile, employs outright lies and spin to make their "point".
    Don't take "advice" from these neanderthals that mean you harm Mr. President. That includes Mario Diaz, or anyone with an {R} after their name.
    Obama for America.

    April 13, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    “In Latin America alone in the last decade, tens of millions of people have stepped into the middle class,” Obama said to a group of small business owners at the Port of Tampa.
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    Why is he discussing the tens of millions of Latin American people while he's done NOTHING for the tens of millions of under and unemployed people her eis the USA??? And did he say why he supports oil drilling in Brazil with our money while stopping it here? What does he have against oil jobs in the USA???

    April 13, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Biotechdev

    The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama’s three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency. The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office.
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    The final budget year of the Bush administration had an annual deficit of just over $1.5 trillion. Bush started with a $300 billion annual surplus. He found a way to spend almost an extra $1.8 trillion annually. The same Bush policies that ballooned the deficit are still in place, and so we still have large deficits.

    But, Barack Obama has shown a decrease in the annual deficit from one year to the next, and is currently projected to be under $1 trillion. The Romney/Ryan plan, if put into effect would send double the deficit up to nearly $2 trillion annually before they began the yet to be named spending cuts to balance the budget.

    We still have large deficits, but Republicans would give us even larger deficts. That's their MO, method of operation. You need to check the facts. You seem to have access to them. Take a look at annual deficits change under Republican and Democratic presidents for the past 50 years, but most especially since Reagan came to power. There is a stark contrast.

    April 13, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Justin

    Republicans gave you a gift by electing Mitt.. Let's have the gloves off in round two Mr. President.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 13, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. gg

    Obama record is very simple to identify just go on youtube and watch "The Road We've Traveled" .

    April 13, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. RealityBites

    Meanwhile..., here in Ameirca, ten of millions of Americans have lost their jobs and fallen out of the middle class in the last three years alone.

    April 13, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. gg

    "Here in America, ten of millions of Americans have lost their jobs and fallen out of middle class in the last three years alone"
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    Yeah right! sounds like don't blame Bush for the economic recession. sooner or later will be no more middle class only the poor and the rich if the Republican take the white house Mr. RealityBites.

    April 13, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    '. . . ten of million s of Americans have lost their jobs . . .? The republican baggers in congress ran on jobs, jobs, jobs, and have only passed anti abortion bills. It seems that republicans are not the solution, republicans are the problem.

    April 13, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Mikey

    @RealityBites – "ten of millions of Americans have lost their jobs and fallen out of the middle class in the last three years alone"

    Another example of bad information from the right. Job losses did occur in President Obama's first year in office. We were losing over 700,000 jobs per month when he took office and it took almost a year to turn that around. We have now had 25 consecutive months of private sector job growth which has added about 4 million jobs. The problem is that about 8 million jobs were eliminated during the recession, so we still have a way to go. Do not forget that over that time we have had the gulf oil spill, the European debt crisis, the Fukushima disaster, the Arab spring, record tornados and flooding, issues with Korea and Iran ....... and the most obstructionist Congress in U.S. history. We have overcome them all.

    April 13, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Jerry

    Sorry, but this guy has no REAL message on the economy. He's frittered away 3+ years and has done little or nothing to improve the US economy. He really has no record to run on. Therefore, he's dancing around the real issues. ..
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    And the Republican message is....."Make Pres. Obama a one term president." Whatever happened to your solutions for the economy? Jobs? Republicans talk about "Repeal and Replace" the ACA, but have yet to tell us what the replacement will be. Is it the Romney/Ryan Plan? Good grief, I hope not. That plan doubles our current annual deficit prior to spending cuts.

    America, don't be fooled, AGAIN!!!

    April 13, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Little Jimmy Truth

    No another white first lady? Huh?

    April 13, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    "The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama’s three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency. The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office. The latest posting from the Bureau of Public Debt at the Treasury Department shows the National Debt now stands at $15.566 trillion. It was $10.626 trillion on President Bush’s last day in office, which coincided with President Obama’s first day. The National Debt also now exceeds 100% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, the total value of goods and services"

    And it's too bad you rightwing extremists don't understand numbers or deficits. Growth during President Obama's term does not mean he is responsible for that debt. There is an easy to find chart floating around on the internet. Factoring out lost revenues due to the GOBP's near-depression, more than half of the deficit is attributed to the Bush wars and tax cuts. What he IS responsible for is the budgetary items he signs. Only his budget and Ron Paul's decreases the deficit. Rmoney and Ryan support a deficit INCREASE plan. Try again, yer stuff is weak.

    And it's also pretty clear that your desperate GOBP has no viable policy ideas or strategy other than try to pin the GOBP's own mismanagement of our economy on anyone but themselves.

    April 13, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |