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Will Obama point to Gov. Rick Scott's jobs optimism during Miami speech?



White House spokesman Josh Earnest, speaking with reporters traveling to Miami today, said he "wanted to 'point out' a Tweet from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who on Friday noted that Miami experienced the largest year-to-year decline in its unemployment rate of any metropolitan area in the nation," according a report from the traveling press corps.

"You'll hear from the president a little bit more today about what he believes we should do to build on that progress," Earnest said.scotttweet.jpg


Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki gave a brief preview of the president's remarks in Miami:

Mr. Obama "will remind the American people who the real Mitt Romney is. If you just tuned in to the race over the last two weeks, you would … be seeing a Mitt Romney who seems to have no familiarity or recollection of his own positions. If you've been tuned in to the race for two years, or you simply clicked on his web site, you'd be very familiar with his positions that are very similar to the extreme right wing of his party on many issues. If he's not willing, and his team's not willing to tell the truth about his own record, we will."

She said Democrats in Florida have a 450,000-person advantage in voter registration over Republicans, and over the last three months Democrats have registered 15,000 more Florida voters than Republicans. She said 44 percent of new registrants are under age 30. At this point in 2008, she said, Republicans outnumbered Democrats among absentee mail ballots by more than 240,000. "We've narrowed that gap, that margin, so that now it's just over 70,000," Psaki said.






[Last modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012 5:11pm]


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