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President Obama makes campaign stop in Pinellas County

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President Obama made several campaign stops in Florida on Saturday. He started the day in Pinellas County. President Obama made several campaign stops in Florida on Saturday. He started the day in Pinellas County.
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Speaking to a crowd of Florida voters, President Barack Obama made it clear a vote for him is a vote to keep the country moving forward.

The incumbent Democrat is locked in a tight battle with Mitt Romney for the White House.

"We've tried what they're peddling it didn't work," the President said Saturday to a mostly supportive audience at St. Petersburg College's Seminole campus.

Assisting him in getting his message out was a familiar face to residents of the Sunshine State. Former Florida Governor – as well as a former member of the Republican Party – Charlie Crist introduced the President to the crowd.

"Even though I was still a Republican when we had an oil spill and when we needed help for our teachers President Obama was there for us," Crist explained.

The words the President used Saturday resembled the ones used in his acceptance speech Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He spoke about growing the economy, lowering the cost of education and he touted achievements such as ending the war effort in Iraq.

"After a decade of war I think it's time to do some nation building here at home," President Obama said to the enthusiastic group.

He also mentioned Medicare, one of the real hot button topics in this year's Presidential campaign. Given the number of folks who retire to Florida it is a huge issue.

"By the way Florida you should know I would never turn Medicare into a voucher system," the President added.

One topic that did not come up was employment. A recent survey released Friday shows unemployment dropped from 8.3 to 8.1 percent.

Even though the numbers went down experts say the real reason for the downturn is some have given up looking for work.

After departing the Bay area President Obama's motorcade traveled along Interstate 4 to another campaign stop in Kissimmee.

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