Obama presents second term agenda to Delray Beach crowd

 

McClatchy Newspapers

Don't trust Mitt Romney, a fired-up President Barack Obama told a boisterous crowd of about 11,000 in this South Florida city Tuesday, as the candidates began their final push for votes.

Obama started his day a few miles from the Lynn University site of Monday night’s third and final debate. He spent much of his 20-minute talk at the Delray Beach Tennis Center pointing out his Republican rival’s frequent changes in position.

“This is about trust,” Obama, often shouting, said. “There’s no more serious issue in a presidential campaign than trust.”

Romney’s first public event will be held Tuesday afternoon in Nevada. He also plans an evening rally in Colorado.

Obama answered Romney’s charge of no second term agenda by distributing “A Plan for Jobs & Middle Class Security,” a 20 page description of that agenda. The plan is to become the subject of television ads and mailings.

The plan has little that hasn’t been proposed before. It stresses classic Obama themes, such as “building an economy from the middle class out,” and promising 1 million more manufacturing jobs by2016, keeping in place the 2010 federal health care law and recruiting 100,000 math and science teachers.

“I’ve laid out a plan for jobs and middle-class security. And unlike Mitt Romney, I’m actually proud to talk about what’s in it -- because my plan actually will move America forward,” Obama said. Romney has not specified all the specific steps he would take to reduce the deficit by trillions of dollars.

Romney, Obama charged in his speech, can’t be trusted to accomplish any such goals, and would take the nation back to a not-so-pleasant past.

“His foreign policy is from the 1980s, his social policies from the 1950s and his economic policies from the 1920s,” Obama said. Under his presidency, the president said, “We will remain a generous, inclusive country.”

Romney has been under fire for softening or changing his views on a number of topics recently, including policies toward younger illegal immigrants, tax cuts, and other subjects.

Obama was introduced first by former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, elected governor as a Republican in 2006, but ran an unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign as an independent in 2010. He warned that Romney “has bowed down to the Republican party’s right fringe, and that’s just wrong.”

The biggest crowd cheer, though, went to the next speaker: Scott Van Duzer, owner of a Fort Pierce pizza restaurant, who leaped into the national spotlight last month when he gave Obama a bear hug.

Read more Politics Wires stories from the Miami Herald

  • Okla.'s US Senate candidates set for panel talk

    Three of the top Republican contenders for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn are expected to tout their conservative credentials at a town hall-style forum.

  • Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website

    Vice President Joe Biden's wife is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs.

  •  
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama, right, is greeted by Vice President Joe Biden during a visit to Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa. Western Pennsylvania is getting a "two-fer" when President Barack Obama visits and brings his vice president, Scranton-born Joe Biden. Obama and Biden are heading to a community college in Oakdale on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, to talk about matching skills-training to jobs that are in demand.

    Obama, Biden to announce $600M for job grants

    Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category