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“The plan we need”

President Obama in Delray Beach

The morning after his final debate with Mitt Romney, President Obama used his speech in Delray Beach, Florida to highlight his specific plans for the next four years:

“In this campaign, I’ve laid out a plan for jobs and middle class security. And unlike Mitt Romney, I’m actually proud to talk about what’s in it—because my plan actually will move America forward. And, by the way, the math in my plan adds up. If we’ve got any math teachers out there, you can go ahead and look in this plan, and you’ll see that the numbers work. I won’t be running the okey doke on you.

“If you want to take a look at it, you check it out at Share it with your friends. Share it with your neighbors. Share it with your coworkers. Folks who are still not convinced, they can look right here and find out what it is I intend to do in a second term. There are still people out there who are trying to make up their minds … I ask folks, compare my plan to Governor Romney’s. See which plan is better for you and for America’s future.

“Now, let me just summarize it real quick. First, my plan builds on our manufacturing growth by ending tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas. I want to reward small businesses and manufacturers who are creating jobs right here in the United States of America.

“Second, my plan will cut our oil imports in half by 2020 so we control more of our own energy here in America. And by the way, today we are less dependent on foreign oil than any time in 20 years. And one reason is because we increased fuel-efficiency standards on cars and trucks so that they will go twice as far on a gallon of gas. And we need to build on that progress—not just by producing more oil and gas, but by investing in clean energy technology that's creating jobs here in Florida and all across America.

“Number three, my plan will make it a national mission to educate our kids and train our workers so that they can compete better than anybody in the world. I want to recruit 100,000 new math and science teachers over the next decade. I want to train 2 million workers at our community colleges with the skills that businesses are looking for right now. I want to work with colleges and universities to keep down the growth in tuition costs because I want every young person to be able to get the higher education that they're willing to work for.

“Number four, my plan is going to cut the deficit by $4 trillion—remember I said the numbers actually add up. We’re going to do it in a balanced way by cutting spending we don't need, but by also asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little bit more so we can invest in research, invest in technology, those things that keep new jobs and businesses coming to America.

“And I will not, in our pursuit of reducing the deficit, turn Medicare into a voucher because no American should spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. That's not what Medicare is about.

“And finally, my plan will use the savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to put our people back to work doing some nation-building here at home, repairing roads, fixing bridges, building schools all across America. And when our veterans come home, we will serve them as well as they’ve served us and make sure that they are out there getting the jobs that are going to help build America.

“So that’s the plan we need, Florida. That’s how you build a strong, sustainable economy that has good middle class jobs to offer. That’s how you make sure that you’ve got increased take-home pay. That’s how you make sure that businesses are taking root all across Florida and all across America.

“And now it’s up to you to choose the path we take from here.”

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