Michelle Obama to visit Orlando Friday, headlining Charlie Crist “Commit to Vote” rally

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Following Joe Biden’s lead on Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama also heads to Florida this week to crusade for former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who is seeking his old job as a Democrat.

Obama will appear at the grassroots “Commit to Vote” rally, which the Crist campaign calls an event to” energize voters and lay out the stakes for Floridians in the critical election on November 4th.”

The rally is Friday at the Barnett Park Gymnasium in Orlando. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., the event begins at 1:30 p.m.

Complementary tickets are available at all Crist for Governor Field Offices in Osceola and Orange Counties starting Tuesday, limited to two per person.

For those wanting to get a glimpse of the First Lady, expect heavy security prior to and during the event.

Attendees will experience security delays, and will go through airport-like security for entry. The audience will be standing for long periods, and since it is an outdoor event, they should dress appropriately for the weather.

There will be no large bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, or signs allowed into the venue. Guests can bring necessary items to stand in line prior to entry, but they cannot bring those items inside.

Those wishing to attend can pick up tickets at the following locations Oct. 14-16 from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.:

  • East Orlando Field Office – 11701 Orpington Street, Suite A – (407) 797-8423
  • Downtown Orlando Field Office – 132 East Colonial Drive, Suite 130 – (407) 801-2989
  • South Orlando Field Office – 9521 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Suite 104 – (321) 298-2194

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