Obama supporters piling into Delray Beach Tennis Center for post-debate rallyby Andrew Abramson | October 23rd, 2012
DELRAY BEACH — The 8,200-seat Delray Beach Tennis Center is filled to capacity as President Obama prepares for more than just a typical election rally.
The country will be listening to Obama’s speech this morning as he gives his first remarks following his performance at last night’s presidential debate at Lynn University. Most pundits and viewers gave Obama the victory over GOP nominee Mitt Romney last night.
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-independent, warmed up the president.
“Last night we saw what a commander-in-chief looks like,” Crist said.
Crist said he didn’t leave the Republican party “but it left me.”
“Romney would be a rubber stamp to the extreme agenda of the congressional (right),” Crist said. “He’s bowed down to the Republican extreme right-fringe and that’s just wrong. He’s being dishonest ’cause he knows the truth will cost him votes.”
U.S. Rep Ted Deutch, Congressional candidate Lois Frankel, State Attorney candidate Dave Aronberg, State Sen. Maria Sachs and State Rep. Mark Pafford are also in attendance.
“Our president is a strong commander-in-chief, a stronger leader and we must reelect him,” Deutch told the energetic crowd. “He’s led this country to 31 months of job creation creating over 5.2 million new American jobs.”
The Obama campaign is distributing a booklet called “The new economic patriotism: A plan for jobs and middle-class security” that features talking points from Obama about his plans for a second term.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-independent who is backing Obama and attended last night’s debate, arrived more than two hours before Obama’s expected 10:15 a.m. speech.
Frankel, who was not at the debate last night, is also in attendance and said Obama was “terrific” at Lynn.
“He showed why he should be president,” Frankel said. “I feel safer with him.”
The Lynn debate focused on national security and foreign policy.
“I saw my son go to two wars and I want Barack Obama to be our president,” Frankel said. “I don’t want our mothers to send their kids to war.”
Scott Van Deuser, the Fort Piece pizza shop owner who became an instant celebrity when he picked up Obama during the president’s stop at his restaurant last month, is also in the house. Van Deuser received a big applause when he reenacted the photo shoot and Deutch off the ground.