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Obama plans trip to Fort Myers next Friday

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Obama plans trip to Fort Myers next Friday

By Fox 4 News Staff. CREATED Jul 13, 2012 - UPDATED: Jul 13, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. – President Obama will be in southwest Florida a week from tonight as he campaigns for re-election. He'll be visiting Fort Myers which he did in 2009, but under very different circumstances.

Back then, the president had just taken office after winning Florida with a promise of a better future.

“That's why I came back. I intend to make Fort Myers stronger.” Obama said in 2009.

But he acknowledged a big part of southwest Florida's economy was still very weak. 

“Fort Myers led the nation in foreclosures last year.  Entire neighborhoods are studded with foreclosure signs.” Obama said.

His mission back then remains the same three and a half years later.

“We have to put people back to work.”

Appearing with then-governor Charlie Crist, a Republican, the president sounded hopeful about bi-partisan solutions.

“When the town is burning, you don't check party labels. Everyone needs to grab a hose.”

That part of the plan didn't work out as Republicans southwest Florida congressman Connie Mack and eventual Governor Rick Scott fought
The president's economic recovery agenda at every turn.

In fact, Governor Scott has turned down millions of federal dollars for transportation projects and Medicaid expansion in Florida, saying those things would hurt the economy.

The president's campaign says his visit to Fort Myers next week will focus on reducing taxes for the middle class and cutting the deficit.