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Seeking to rally black voters, Obama calls Tampa Bay radio station



President Barack Obama conducted an interview today with a Tampa Bay radio station, part of a continuing effort to rally black voters.

"One of the reasons I wanted to call you up was just to make sure that everybody understood, as usual, that Florida matters in this election. Your vote matters," Obama said on 95.7 The Beat. "If we're going to protect and build on the progress we've made in the last eight years, I need everybody in the Tampa Bay area to vote. So don't wait. Voting in Florida has never been easier."

Obama cited the economic recovery, bringing home troops and extending health care to millions.

THe president has made similar calls across the county and recently phoned into a Miami hip hop station. He said today there is a clear contrast between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and gave a shout-out to Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy

The radio host said the only person she'd be more excited to talk to is First Lady Michelle Obama, who has emerged as a powerful voice on the campaign trail. Will she run for president some day?

"No," Obama flatly said. "She's got more sense than that.

"But you can tell, the fact that she's been out there as much as she has -- even more than she was, I think, during my election -- is a testament to how deeply she cares about the choice in this election."

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:32pm]


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