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Barack Obama to campaign for Hillary Clinton in Jacksonville and South Florida

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The Hillary Clinton campaign is playing its most important hold card in Jacksonville and South Florida next week, bringing President Barack Obama in to make the closing argument.

From the Clinton campaign:

“On Thursday, Nov. 3, just days prior to Election Day, President Barack Obama will return to Florida to campaign for Hillary Clinton. At public ‘Get Out the Early Vote’ events in the South Florida and Jacksonville areas, President Obama will urge Floridians to take advantage of early voting and lay out his support for Clinton and her vision of an America that is stronger together, with an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.”

Ahead of his 2008 election, Obama held a couple of massive rallies in Jacksonville.

The day before the election, he packed the Veterans Memorial Arena.

In September, Obama had an overflow crowd of 20,000-plus at Metropolitan Park.

Expect a big venue and a big message from Obama for his former secretary of state, as the Democrats seek to turn Duval blue.

More details will be forthcoming on the event in Jacksonville and the one in South Florida, which is one in a series of presidential forays to the Sunshine State and other battleground states on behalf of Clinton.

Obama will be in Orlando today on Clinton’s behalf; the Donald Trump campaign issued a statement on the visit from Rep. Joe Gruters, vice-chair of the Republican Party of Florida.

“America faces very serious issues at home and abroad. Instead of campaigning for Hillary Clinton,” Gruters said, “President Obama should be doing his job and helping grow the economy and get Americans back to work.”

“Then again, it only makes sense that the president would be jetting around Florida helping Hillary win a third Obama term, and attempting to distract from her pay-to-play scheme at the State Department where she traded official access for contributions to the Clinton Foundation and six-figure speaking fees for her husband. Floridians are tired of corruption and backroom deals from decades-long insiders like Hillary, and will vote for change in November,” Gruters added.

One can expect reactions along these lines to the latest announcement of an Obama campaign trip to the Sunshine State.

A.G. Gancarski has written a weekly column for Jacksonville’s Folio Weekly since 2003. His writings on politics, culture, and sport have appeared in the Washington Times, the Daily Caller, and the American Conservative. His radio and TV appearances include frequent contributions to WJCT-FM (Jacksonville’s Public Radio station); additionally, he has been a guest on Huff Post Live and the Savage Nation radio show. Gancarski can be reached at

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