Former President Bill Clinton rallied hundreds of Democrats at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg Friday night. It was his fifth stop in Florida of the day for President Obama.
He has been circling the state, pressing Democrats to vote. Clinton defended Obama's record on foreign policy and the economy, saying Obama made the right decisions, and needs more time to drive the recovery.
"Nobody, nobody, nobody, not me, not anybody else could have repaired all the damage in four years," Clinton said. "I am far more enthusiastic this time (about President Obama) than I was four years ago and you should be too."
He also focused on the storm disaster, and praised Obama's work with New Jersey's Republican governor Chris Christie to drive the recovery.
"When you've got a natural disaster, everyone all of a sudden wakes up and says, ‘we're all in this together' works a lot better than ‘you're on your own,' " Clinton said.
The former president has played a key role in this race. His speech at the Democratic National Convention fueled Obama's rise in the polls in September.
Polls have shown an enthusiasm gap that appears to favor Mitt Romney. But we're seeing a different pattern in the early returns. In Florida, more than 3.4 million people have voted by mail or at the early voting sites. And Democrats have outpaced Republicans in those early returns by 76,000 votes.
Republicans expect to close the gap on election day. Polls have shown non-partisan voters are breaking for Romney (by seven points in a new Fox poll). But in Florida both sides know swing voters can turn on a dime. So both campaigns are focused on driving their supporters to vote.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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