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Romney blasts Obama's spending policies

St. Petersburg, Florida --  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was greeted with hundreds of people -- and rain -- at the Mirror Lake Lyceum Wednesday morning, where he blasted President Obama's spending policies.

The campaign stop in this ever important battleground state comes just as new polls show Romney and Obama neck to neck. A CBS-New York Times poll shows 46% support Mitt Romney as opposed to 43% who said they will vote for Obama.

It's the first opinion poll released since Obama came out in support of gay marriage.

In St. Petersburg, the focus was on the national debt.

"It's high time that we stop the spending and borrowing inferno and I will.  I will get the job done," said Romney, drawing a round of applause.

Speaking in front of a large, electronic clock showing the ever increasing national debt, Romney criticized Obama's spending and policies.

"He's very critical of his predecessor because his predecessor put together $4 trillion in debt over eight years," Romney told the crowd. 

He went on to say, "He said he would cut the debt in half if he became president. Instead he doubled it."

Romney laid out his plan to turn back the national debt clock, telling the crowd, "From the very beginning I'm going to get America back on track to have a balanced budget by getting rid of some programs by sending programs back to states where they can be run more efficiently."

Romney has said he will not raise taxes, but will reform entitlement programs like social security, Medicare and Medicaid and limit spending.

"I'll get rid of one great big, very expensive program, a new very expensive program the President put in place we didn't want, we can't afford, we've got to get rid of, that's Obamacare, we're going to get rid of that," he said, again met with roaring round of applause from the crowd.

He also promised to tap into our country's energy resources such as the oil reserves and grow the military.

"I want to buy more aircraft, I want to have more active duty personnel and I want to make sure we give our veterans the care they originally deserved," said Romney.

Romney pointed out it's a very different direction than the one the President wants to take America.

"I'm excited to to tell you that help is on the way, we're gonna get this country back on track," said Romney.

Obama's campaign spokeswoman released this statement today: "When Mitt Romney heads to Florida today, he will have to answer for the troubling economic scheme he would enact as President. He has repeatedly cited his business experience. Romney's business strategy was about reaping quick profits for himself and his investors at the expense of workers and communities." 

10 News made multiple attempts to schedule a one on one interview with Mitt Romney in the days leading up to his appearance, including the morning of, but we were not granted the interview.  Romney press secretary Rick Gorka told 10 News they were only giving four interviews and there was no time for more than that.

Romney's press team seemed to have troubles on Wednesday dealing with the media when they were kept behind a roped line.  While we were interviewing the public on the floor after the event, we were told to do it outside where it was raining.



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