President Barack Obama will make a morning call at the port of Tampa (Florida), before traveling to Colombia, to discuss the importance of trade relations with Latin America, which is his second visit to this state in less than one week.
His visit has created some excitement among the port sector in Florida, central node in trade between the U.S. and Latin America.
The Tampa is the largest cargo port in Florida and one of the largest in the country and one of the most diversified. Almost half of the goods that pass through there from or are directed to Latin America.
This is Obama’s second visit to Florida in four days and the third in two months. Last Tuesday was also in this state in the south, where he participated in a campaign to raise funds and defended his proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy to stop the “growing gap” between them and the middle class.
Also, Michelle Obama next week will go to Jacksonville, north Florida, where the First Lady will meet with young women who have distinguished themselves through service to their community and family support for their military.
Cabinet members have denied Barack Obama the president’s visit to Florida on Friday in the case of a campaign, but has chosen this place as an ideal location to discuss the promotion of trade between the U.S. and Latin America.
“Any observer of relations between the U.S. and the rest of America knows that Florida is in many ways the tissue that connects the U.S. and Latin American economy,” says the deputy national security adviser in the White House, Ben Rhodes, in was quoted today as saying Tampa Bay Times.
In any case, no one is aware that Florida is one of the key states ahead of the presidential elections to be held next November in the United States, where Obama will seek reelection.
In addition, the visit is on this occasion in the city of Tampa, where in August, within four months, is hosting the Republican National Convention, which will elect the candidate you must fight Obama in the presidential elections.
In Florida in play 29 electoral votes, out of 270 needed to win elections.
Obama is expected to talk tomorrow about the importance for the U.S. economy of trade with Latin America, a region that is relatively well through the global economic crisis that plagues many years much of the planet.
Over 40% of U.S. exports go to Latin America.
After a stint in Tampa tomorrow, the U.S. president that same day travel to Cartagena (Colombia) to participate in the Fourth Summit of the Americas, which will advocate for greater continental cooperation in areas such as security, trade and energy.