Clinton wraps up 2-day Fla. campaign for Obama in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Former President Bill Clinton continued a two-day Florida campaign trip for President Barack Obama with a speech in Orlando on Wednesday.
Clinton received a warm welcome from the crowd of about 4,300 people gathered at Rosen Plaza on International Drive. He was introduced by Democratic congressional candidate, and former Orlando Police Chief, Val Demings. Of Demings, Clinton quipped, "She had been married to 24 years, the man you elected sheriff," gesturing to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. "You had 24 years of two police officers married to each other, and nobody got shot. I think that's a pretty good deal."
Clinton's campaign swing on behalf of President Barack Obama coincided with two somber occasions: the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and the tumultuous events in Libya that left four American diplomats dead.
In a nod to the tragedies, Clinton has muted much of his direct criticism of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during campaign rallies in Miami and Orlando. But he did draw sharp and detailed contrasts between Obama and Republicans on a myriad of policies, including health care, education and the debt.
Florida is one of a handful of swing states considered key to deciding the election between Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Obama himself spent two days over the weekend campaigning in Florida. Florida has 29 electoral votes and Obama carried the state in 2008 over John McCain.
Democrats say turnout is one of the keys to winning the Nov. 6 election.