• Former President Bill Clinton pleads with Florida to vote for Obama


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Former President Bill Clinton fired up a big crowd as he spoke in Orlando Wednesday night.

    Clinton praised President Barack Obama and asked central Florida to re-elect him for another four years.

    WFTV's Ryan Hughes was at the Rosen Plaza Hotel and listened to the former president's speech.

    He encouraged the people from college students to the retired to vote.

    And he bashed Obama's rival, Mitt Romney, on a number of key issues.

    "Florida is the future today. You have lots of young people with a lot of diversity and promise," said Clinton.

    Around 2,000 Obama supporters packed the hotel on International Drive.

    Clinton's message was similar to the speech he gave last week at the Democratic National Convention.

    "Nobody who ever had this job could've repaired that much damage to the economy in just four years. That's my opinion," he said.

    He asked supporters to give Obama four more years on his quest to fix the economy.

    He also discussed Medicare and then told the crowd that the U.S. has fallen to 16th in the world in the percentage of young adults with four-year college degrees.

    "Don't pull up the ladder. Open the door to a college education. Vote for President Obama," he said.

    Some people who were there for the speech are on the fence about who they'd favor in November, but they were wowed by Clinton's remarks.

    "I was undecided. And I know where I'm taking it. I'm taking it forward. I'm moving forward," said Orlando resident Victor Chin.

    "He "(Clinton) is a rock star. He is a rock star in politics," said resident Tammy Gail.

    Many in the crowd thought Clinton would address the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya in which a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed. But he did not.

    Clinton pleaded with people to get out and talk to others about the issues facing this country.

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