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President Obama speaks at Hillsborough County Community College in Tampa on June 22.



Tampa, Florida -- President Obama has been to Florida more than a dozen times since taking the oath of office, and several of those visits have been to the Tampa Bay area.

His most recent was two months ago, when he pushed for more trade with Latin America during a visit to the Port of Tampa.

But this was his first campaign visit to Florida ahead of the November 2012 election.

He spoke in front of a group of close to 2,000 supporters inside the gymnasium at the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry campus in Tampa.

The group was made-up of grass roots, community activists who were fired-up to see the President and hear him speak.

Photo Gallery: President Obama comes to Tampa

Mr. Obama addressed a wide range of topics, citing the difference between himself, the republicans in Washington, and his presumptive opponent, Mitt Romney.

Obama got a strong reaction from the crowd saying tax breaks for the wealthy, and the trickle-down economics of past administrations, would fail again.
"We're going to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion.  I have a detailed plan that will cut spending we can't afford, strengthen programs like Medicare for the long haul, and reform our tax code in a way that's fair and responsible.

On jobs and taxes, the president says he wants to grow the middle class, bringing jobs back from overseas by eliminating tax breaks and giving those incentives to those who create jobs here.

"My plan will stop giving tax breaks to businesses that ship jobs and factories overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs and manufacturing right here in the United States of America."

The President says he also wants to improve infrastructure and pour more money into education by way of student loans and teacher salaries. 

Instead of simply slashing programs, he says creating jobs -growing the middle class - will generate the taxes needed to reduce the deficit by trillions of dollars.

Mr. Obama drew big applause from the crowd for his stance on social issues, too - Renewable energy, the ending of "Don't ask don't tell", women's rights to equal pay and the right to choose.

Important differences, he says, that voters must consider going into the November election.

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