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Overflow crowd at Ybor park near Obama HQ for prez visit

Thursday, October 25th, 2012 by Dara Kam

A crowd appears to be spilling outside a city park blocks away from President Obama’s Florida campaign headquarters in anticipation of the Democrat’s appearance here shortly.

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.

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