PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling supporters that voters this November will face perhaps the biggest contrast in decades between the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates -- possibly as stark a contrast as the one in 1964, when Lyndon Johnson beat Barry Goldwater.
Obama made his comments during a fundraising blitz in Florida, at the first of three campaign events that are expected to raise at least $1.7 million.
He's also using the Florida swing to call again for Congress to raise taxes on millionaires, saying wealthy investors should not pay taxes at a lower rate than middle-class wage earners.
At a reception at a gated community in Palm Beach Gardens, Obama said Democrats will make sure the rich pay their fair share -- while also caring for the most vulnerable and focusing on investments in education, science and research.
He said Republicans would dismantle education and clean energy programs so they can give more tax breaks to the rich.
072-a-11-(President Obama, in his State of the Union speech Jan. 24)-"that common sense"-President Obama says it's unfair for Warren Buffett and other top earners pay a lower tax rate than folks who work for them. (10 Apr 2012)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Barack Obama, as US President, arrives in West Palm Beach, Florida, graphic element on gray (10 Apr 2012)
APPHOTO FLCK124: President Barack Obama speaks at Florida Atlantic University, Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (10 Apr 2012)
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