|Published:||Jul 20, 2012 4:32 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 21, 2012 9:02 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Hundreds in southwest Florida turned out for today's Presidential campaign, but many were unaware of the changes until almost the last minute.
People were lined up here for hours hoping to see President Obama. Many said they hoped the President would talk about the economy, but after his speech, said it was appropriate to speak of today's tragedy.
The line to see President Obama stretched throughout downtown Fort Myers.
Police blocked off roads as anxious supporters fanned themselves to beat the heat.
Many here were hoping to hear about the economy, jobs and healtcare.
"My number one concern is economics," said one in attendance. As hundreds enter to get a glimpse of President Obama inside the event center, outside, protestors waved flags,and held signs saying Obama's term needs to end. "Our President totally disregards the Constitution and said so in many cases," said protestor Louis Macri.
"We want someone who cares about the working family which I don't think they're doing, it's more than just taxes it's our jobs going overseas, it's the destruction of the family," said Punta Gorda Tea Party member Jacqueline Dalenberg.
After the speech some were disappointed it was short, but overall, many said the President made the right move by addressing the tragedy in Colorado.
"The moment was very special, everybody, the moment of silence for the victims in Aurora, Colorado. my son used to live there," said Helen Mallon.
"It's not time for politics. it's time for America to come together," said Fred Satchel.
"That's what presidents and candidates for presidential elections should do, that shows that they care about what's going on in the country and also the world," said Zarah Donnelly.
I thought it was the best thing he could have done of the people that lost their lives," said Carolyn Hardin, who's mother marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in the 60s.
Others simply said although it was short they were excited to see the President of the United States in person.
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