Obama tries to explain entrepreneurs comments

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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said she expects the race in her state to remain close through Election Day.

As part of the president’s appeal to Florida voters, the White House announced Thursday that it will expedite the federal permitting process for five major port modernization projects, including Jacksonville and Miami in Florida; Savannah, Ga.; Charleston, S.C., and the Port of New York and New Jersey. The administration promised to complete all federal reviews for the Port of Miami by August, and said it expects to complete the deepening of the channel this year.

The president also is hoping to win over Florida’s seniors by warning them that Mr. Romney would take away some of their Medicare benefits.

“He plans to roll back health care reform, forcing more than 200,000 Floridians to pay more for their prescription drugs,” Mr. Obama said earlier in the day in Jacksonville. “He plans to turn Medicare into a voucher program. So if that voucher isn’t worth enough to buy the health insurance that’s on the market, you’re out of luck. It’s wrong to ask seniors to pay more for Medicare just so millionaires and billionaires can pay less in taxes.  We shouldn’t be squeezing more money out of seniors who are just barely getting by right now.”

On Friday, Mr. Obama campaigns in Fort Myers and Orlando.

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