Obama rallies supporters in Miami

June 14, 2011 at 1:16 AM
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MIAMI, June 14 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama spent some time in Miami Monday evening rallying the Democratic troops and raising money for his 2012 re-election bid.

While seven Republicans who want his job attacked him during a debate in New Hampshire, Obama told an enthusiastic audience of about 2,200 who paid at least $44 apiece at a Democratic National Committee event at the Adrienne Arsht Center he and his administration have spent the last 2 1/2 years "trying to heal this country, trying to mend what was broken" during the GOP administration that preceded him.

He touted his successes -- turning the contracting economy into an expanding one, adding jobs instead of losing them, saving the domestic auto industry, staunching the financial crisis, boosting financial assistance for college students, promoting clean energy, rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, reforming healthcare, repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, passing equal pay for equal work legislation and moving to end the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But, he said, "our work is not done."

"We're not at the summit. We just -- we're just partway up the mountain. There's more to do," he said.

Obama said he would work to reduce the federal deficit by getting rid of programs that don't work and regulations that are outdated.

He said sacrifices need to be made but must spread among everyone, not just the poor and senior citizens.

"And the other side say[s], well, you know what, we can just cut and cut and cut and cut -- and by the way, you, Mr. President, since you've been so lucky, we're going to give you a $200,000 tax break. I'd love to have a tax break. I don't like paying taxes -- I'm the president.

"But you know what, I don't want a $200,000 tax break if it means that 33 seniors are each going to have to pay $6,000 more a year for their Medicare. I don't want a tax break if it means hundreds of kids won't be able to go to Head Start. That's not a tradeoff I'm willing to make. That's not a tradeoff most of Americans are willing to make. That's not who we are. That's not what we believe in."

Obama also stopped for a more intimate fundraiser at a private residence in Miami where he sounded the same themes.

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