JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- President Barack Obama made a campaign speech on the First Coast to nearly 4,000 supporters at the Prime F. Osborn II Convention Center on Thursday afternoon.
The president addressed the economy and strengthening medicare. Tickets were free. All of the available tickets were given out on Tuesday.
Air Force One, which was carrying the President, was delayed in landing at Jacksonville International Airport due to thunder and lightning. He was supposed to land at 12:45 p.m. and was scheduled to speak at 1:15 p.m. He did not speak until 2:15 p.m.
President Obama spoke about moving forward, which is the theme of his campaign. He also said that top-down economics is not the answer for America.
"This country was not built on top-down economics," he said during his speech. "This country was built from the middle class up."
Obama also spoke of where he and Republican candidate Mitt Romney differ on health care.
"He plans to roll back health care reform, forcing more than 200,000 Floridians to pay more for their prescription drugs," Obama said, speaking of Romney. "He plans to turn Medicare into a voucher program. So if that voucher isn't worth enough to buy the health insurance that's on the market, you're out of luck."
The president also talked about how he and Romney differ on taxes, saying that the middle class deserve a tax cut and the wealthy, those that make more than $250,000 a year, need to pay more.
"Like you, I believe you cannot reduce the deficit and deal with our debt without asking folks like me," Obama said. "Without asking the wealthiest Americans to give up the taxes they've been getting for the past decade.
"Now, my opponent doesn't want just to keep these tax cuts. He wants to cut those taxes by another $5 trillion, including a 25 percent tax cut for every millionaire in the country."
First Coast News