Obama fires up Bridgeport crowd in attempt to get Malloy votes

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Votes count, President Barack Obama said Sunday, especially in a state where Governor Dan Malloy won election in 2010 by four votes per precinct.

Obama stood in Bridgeport’s Central High School in front of a crowd that included Norwalk politicians, the keynote speaker in a get out the vote rally, drawing many cheers.

The speech was interrupted three times by protesters holding up signs saying “Families Need Bold, Broad Inclusive Relief,” whose cries were drowned by the crowd chanting “Four More Years.” Obama expressed sympathy for the immigration-related protest. “This is part of why elections are so important, you have two different visions of America,” he said.

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State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), center, cheers Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Councilwoman Sharon Stewart (D-At Large) is to the left of Morris; Councilwoman Phaedrel “Faye” Bowman (D-District B) is to the right.

When Malloy took office four years ago there was zero job growth, massive deficits, the worst recession in our lifetimes, Obama said.

“If you want something better you’ve got to vote for it. If you believe working families need more tax breaks not millionaires, you’ve got to vote for it. If you believe we should invest in our schools, in early childhood education, making college more affordable, you’ve got to vote for it,” Obama said.

“He took on the tough challenge,” he said of Malloy. “He made the tough calls. While it hasn’t always been easy, it hasn’t been without sacrifice, there is (plenty) for Connecticut to be proud of. You have the fastest job growth in decades. You have the lowest unemployment in five years.”

“Over the past 4½ years, America has created more than 10 million new jobs, we have created more jobs than Japan, Europe and all the advanced countries,” Obama said. “… There is almost no economic measure where we  are not doing better now than when Dan took office and when I took office.”

Obama said Republicans are nice folks with bad ideas. “I’ve got some family members who I love but they’ve got bad ideas. So I don’t want them in charge of anything. Some of them will be over for Thanksgiving.”

President Barack Obama speaks Sunday in Bridgeport's Central High School.
President Barack Obama speaks Sunday in Bridgeport’s Central High School.

Those bad ideas include tax breaks for those at the top, looser rules for big banks, a decreased safety net for those who are struggling, he said. “We don’t want to go back to that vision,” Obama said.

Malloy’s outlook is rooted in his own childhood of struggling with dyslexia, Obama said. “You don’t lose that sense of being the underdog. You don’t lose that sense of somebody else giving you a hand up. That’s what his politics are based on,” Obama said.

Connecticut has one of the best health care marketplaces formed in America under the Affordable Care Act, Obama said. Connecticut was the first state to raise the minimum wage, Obama said.

“If you want something better, you’ve got to vote for it. If you believe working families need more tax breaks, not millionaires, you’ve got to vote for it. If you believe we should invest in our schools, in early childhood education, making college more affordable, you’ve got to vote for it,” Obama said.

More importantly, volunteer in these last days before the election, Obama said. Get your friends and neighbors to vote, he said.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal also tried to fire up the crowd. “The nation is watching you because literally, the number of people in this gym could determine the outcome of this election. Literally,” he said.

Connecticut has seen a 6.9 percent increase in private sector jobs, greater than the rest of New England, he said. It’s way ahead of the job creation in New Jersey, he said, pegging that at 4.6 to 4.9 percent.

“Crime is lower than it has been in any recent time,” Blumenthal said. Education test scores are up across Connecticut, he said.

“Dan Malloy has kept his promises and he has got things done,” Blumenthal said.

“We have an obligation to make sure that everybody has a chance to share in our success,” Malloy said.

Connecticut has 70,000 more private sector jobs than when he took office, Malloy said. There are 14,000 more jobs in small businesses and there are 25,000 new jobs expected next year, he said.

“We saved United Technologies,” Malloy said.

While Republican governors elsewhere were cutting funds for education, Connecticut increased funding, he said.  There is a 12 percent increase in graduation rates, he said. Connecticut was the first state to pass paid sick days and 280,000 people have health care through ACA, he said. Connecticut raised the minimum wage, he said.

“All those things I mentioned, every single one of them would not happen if we did not come together four years ago to make sure we maximize our participation rates in urban environments as well as in our small cities,” Malloy said.

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The gymnasium of Bridgeport’s Central High is packed to the gills Sunday with people waiting for President Barack Obama to appear.


8 responses to “Obama fires up Bridgeport crowd in attempt to get Malloy votes”

  1. OhNoNorwalk

    Time to rotate the the people in office. Local, State, Federal. Another rotation in 2 years.

  2. fedUP

    People of CT, this photo and this article should be ALL you need to want to send FOLEY to the Governors office. Time to get rid of this clown, who cant look the cameras straight in “the eye”

  3. Piberman

    Bridgeport, the Governor, the President ! It doesn’t get any better than this. Our future – Bridgeport – solidly Democratic – enjoying our “generosity”. What a moment.

  4. Scott

    I’ll repeat myself from previous posts – no sitting president of any party should be allowed to stump for an election. Especially for a governorship. He is the president of the union not the individual States. If he wants to be involved in our state government he can step down from the presidency and join the race.

  5. Norwalk Sage

    Scott, in Obama’s case there are plenty of Democratic candidates who would prefer that the President stay in Washington. Malloy is shamelessly using what little political capital Obama has left with the people who ask what their country can do for them, to turn out the inner city vote.

  6. The worst president since WWII (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/who-is-the-worst-president-since-wwii) supporting the worst governor in the country (http://www.nationalreview.com/article/389857/americas-worst-governor-matt-purple). What in heaven’s name are these people cheering for?

  7. Scott

    There are no qualifications to vote. Drivers license- check, heart beat-check. Ok you can vote.
    Everyone doesn’t know all of the issues but you should make some sort of effort to be informed.

  8. concerned student

    the people were probably cheering because none of you were running!!

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