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Jul 20, 2012 12:37 AM

Obama criticizes Romney, GOP on Medicare

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - President Barack Obama is gearing up for a second day of campaigning in the key state of Florida. He spent the first criticizing his challenger over Medicare.

Looking to improve his support among elderly voters, Obama told seniors at West Palm Beach's Century Village that Mitt Romney would gut his healthcare reform law and plans to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

Century Village is home to thousands of Democratic retirees from New York, New Jersey and elsewhere.

Florida will be one of the big prizes on election day as it holds 29 electoral votes. Obama's chances for serving a second term would be seriously damaged if Romney wins the Sunshine State.

Romney spent the day near his home base in Boston and kept the focus on the sluggish economic recovery under Obama's watch. He again criticized the president for not having met with his advisory jobs council in six months while holding more than 100 fundraisers in that time.

The GOP challenger accused Obama of caring only about saving his own job -- not the jobs of Americans.

While winning Florida in 2008, Obama lost to John McCain among voters 65 and older.

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