President Obama Speaks at Town Hall in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009; 12:57 PM

SPEAKERS: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

GOV. CHARLIE CRIST, R-FLA.

[*] CRIST: Well, Mr. President, welcome to Fort Myers, Florida.

(APPLAUSE) Just a couple of points I wanted to make to you, Mr. President. Our -- our budget is in balance here in Florida. We have some people that have worked very hard in our Florida Senate and our Florida House to make that possible. In fact, we've had to cut about $7 billion over the past two years, and we haven't raised taxes, and we're still in balance.

CRIST: But to be candid, it's getting harder every day. It's getting harder every day, and we know that it's important that we pass a stimulus package. It's important...

(APPLAUSE)

It is important that we do so to help education, to help our infrastructure...


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