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Obama lands in Orlando, tells volunteers: 'We win Florida, we win this election'



President Obama arrived in Orlando at 7:48 p.m. in advance of tomorrow's rally with Bill Clinton, which was moved up to an earlier time due to Hurricane Sandy. 

The Obama campaign said he met "key leaders in Florida's Puerto Rican Community on the tarmac at the Orlando International Airport."

They were: Sylvia Carceres; Delores Guzman; Lucy Soto-Clowney; Selma Abdul; Mayra Uribe; Wanda Ramos-Rodriguez; Victor Torres, State Representative District 48.

Obama then visited a campaign office, bringing pizza to workers. He noted the first day of early voting Saturday and said, "You guys blew it out!"

"All the polls say it is going to be a close race," Obama said, according to a press pool report. "And so whoever is able to get their voters out, they’re the ones who win Florida. We win Florida, we win this election. I hate to put the burden of the entire world; on you but basically it’s all up to you. That’s why I brought you pizza!”

The president faces a delicate task over the next few days, campaigning while also dealing with Hurricane Sandy. This evening, his campaign said he would not go to Ohio later Monday. Instead, Vice President Joe Biden will join Clinton.

Mitt Romney has canceled a planned visit to New Hampshire on Tuesday. His wife also will not campaign there tomorrow.

[Last modified: Sunday, October 28, 2012 9:27pm]


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