Overflow crowd at Ybor park near Obama HQ for prez visitby Dara Kam | October 25th, 2012
Former Gov. Charlie Crist, who’s been stumping with the president, spoke briefly at 8:30 this morning at Centennial Park. The crowd greeted Crist, a Republican-turned-independent who lives in nearby St. Petersburg, with a huge cheer.
The one-time U.S. Senate candidate reminded Obama supporters of the president’s aid to the state during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the awarding of $2.4 billion for a high-speed rail project in Central Florida. Gov. Rick Scott rejected the federal funds.
“He had our back. Florida, it’s time for us to have his back,” Crist said, echoing a line he’s frequently used promoting the president,” Crist said.
Obama, back in swing-state Florida after campaigning in Delray Beach Tuesday morning following Monday night’s final presidential debate Monday night, is expected to speak at 9 a.m.