President Obama Revs Up Crowd in Ybor City
President Obama started his morning with a cup of Cuban coffee and a crowd estimated at 8,500 people in Centennial Park in Ybor City.
"Good morning, Tampa," the president said. "Thanks for waking up early."
The president sounded hoarse at times as he spoke a few miles from where Mitt Romney accepted his nomination in August. He chided his challenger several times for changing his position several times - a condition he called "Romneysia."
"If you start thinking that maybe Gov. Romney wanted to save the auto industry - even though he wrote and op-ed saying 'Let Detroit go bankrupt'," the president said, "if there's a sudden fuzziness when it comes to the policies on your web site, don't worry. Because this is a curable condition. And Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions. We can make you well. There's a cure. You just have to vote!"
He then asked the crowd to knock on doors, make phone calls - anything to get out the vote.
"Florida, I believe in you. I'm asking you to keep believing in me," he said, finishing up his 19-minute speech. "And if you're willing to work with me, and knock on some doors with me, make some phone calls with me, vote for me. We'll win Hillsborough County again. We'll win Florida again. We'll win this election again."
The president then flew off to his home in Chicago to vote.
Backers of Mitt Romney will get their chance to hear their candidate when he appears at 7 p.m. Saturday at Land O'Lakes High School in Pasco County.