in Fort Myers
By Kevin Gourley
Vice President Joe Biden visited Fort Myers today on the campaign trail in effort to rally support for President Obama in the upcoming presidential election. He took center stage Saturday morning at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Park Recreation Center/Lexington Middle School gymnasium in south Fort Myers around 11:50 a.m.
to the sound of Bruce Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own.” As he approached the podium, he was greeted by a loud, cheering assembly of supporters.Biden addressed the audience of 2,140 people to explain his thoughts on
- Mitt Romney’s 47% comments
- Reducing the deficit
- Medicare & Social Security
- The War in Afghanistan
- Cutting oil imports
Mention of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan sparked an outcry of boos. In response, the vice president said, “I don’t need your boos, I need your help.”
He stated that the deficit can be reduced in 4 years by asking the wealthy to pay more.
According to Biden, since Obama took office, “your parents and those on Medicare have more benefits than before.”
The vice president also stated that we are going to end the war in Afghanistan and cut oil imports by 2020.
While the vice president was speaking inside, there was a very small group of Mitt Romney supporters outside. A few Romney supporters held up signs venting their current frustrations with the recession and another sign alluding to concerns of big government.
At 12:27 p.m. Vice President Biden finished his speech, followed by tremendous cheers and applause. REO Speedwagon’s “Roll With The Changes” played as he walked off stage. Afterwards, he spent time visiting, shaking hands, and taking pictures with a number of people from the audience before he departed.