SEMINOLE, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama has been trying to rekindle some of the enthusiasm of his 2008 campaign with a bus tour through a must-win stretch of Florida, while Mitt Romney is putting a focus on the looming spending cuts that could hit the military if the president and Republicans in Congress can't reach a new budget deal in the next few months.
On a bus tour through central Florida, Obama says Republicans are "dead wrong" for calling America a country in decline. He says America still has the best workers, the best scientists and the best universities in the world.
Speaking at the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College, Obama urged supporters not to "buy into the cynicism" that the change they fought for isn't possible. He says they should rally behind "real, achievable goals that will lead to new jobs and more opportunity."
On a campaign swing through Virginia, Romney criticized both the president and congressional Republicans for the budget arrangement that now threatens across-board-cuts, half of which will affect the military. Romney calls the cuts "unthinkable."