KISSIMMEE, Fla. - President Barack Obama will travel to Kissimmee and Melbourne this weekend to speak at grassroots events, according to officials with Obama for America. as part of a two-day bus tour across the state.
Obama arrived in Florida on Friday to participate in campaign events first in St. Petersburg.
According to the Obama for America release, during the tour Obama "will discuss the choice in this election between moving forward with his plan for continuing to build an economy that's mean to last, from the middle out, or going back to the same failed top-down economic policies that crashed our economy and punished the middle class."
Democratic pollster James Kitchens said Obama's visits highlight the important role central Florida will play in the election.
"Florida will control the fate of the election," said Kitchens, who went on to say a recent poll showed, "In the I-4 corridor, Mitt Romney is only carrying 20 percent of the Hispanics."
Kitchens said Hispanic voters can win the election and Osceola County's huge Hispanic population leans democratic.
"Mitt Romney is running way behind where he needs to be among hispanic voters and Barack Obama is coming to take advantage of that right now," said Kitchens.
Obama will speak at the Kissimmee Civic Center at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, with doors opening at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public and free, but tickets are required.
"I tried to get tickets, I just couldn't cause the line was to big and this time my wife said if I didn't get the tickets she'd kill me," Rivera said, jokingly.
Obama will be returning to friendly territory and key ground in a battleground state. In 2008, Obama beat Senator John McCain by 20 points in Osceola County, helping sway the crucial swing state.
But since then, unemployment has remained stubbornly high in Osceola County and diners at Puerto Rico cafe in Kissimmee say for this election, the president still has work to do.
"Things haven't looked any better than what it was four years ago," said Olga Gonzalez.
Most polls have the President leading Mitt Romney among Hispanic voters and the President will need to rally those voters here in Osceola County.
"Bush made a mess of the country in 8 years. Obama cannot repair that mess in 4 years," said Yashic Martinez. "I mean you got to cut him some slack."
The Obama campaign says the president will lay out his plan to strengthen middle class families by paying down the debt in a balanced way and investing in education, energy, innovation and infrastructure. Ideas that may sound good, but voters in Osceola County want specifics.
"Everybody is really going around the question, but nobody is really saying the truth," said Gonzalez. "Nobody is talking, everyone is going in circles."
On Sunday, Obama will deliver remarks at a grassroots event at the Charles and Ruth Clemente Center on Florida Institute of Technology campus. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Local 6 spoke to residents in Titusville who said they wanted to hear both Obama and Mitt Romney give specific details outlining their vision for space program.
"How it's going to continue?" How it going to evolve in the 21st century?"said Goldwyn Daniels.
According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, in Brevard County over the last year the area has gained 1,000 jobs. But since 2008 at the end of the shuttle program, the area overall is down by 11,000 jobs.
"I would like him to help the economy get better for families that are struggling," said Robyn Haines.
Local 6 will have a crew at both of Obama's speeches and stream them live on ClickOrlando.com.
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