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Barack Obama to stump in Miami between two President Trump MAGA rallies in Florida

Dueling presidents try to help their candidates ahead of the midterm election.
President Barack Obama delivered remarks on the counterterrorism campaign at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla, on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
President Barack Obama delivered remarks on the counterterrorism campaign at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla, on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
Published Oct. 29, 2018

Former President Barack Obama will come to Miami on Friday to campaign with Democrats Andrew Gillum and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson just days ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

Obama is scheduled to stump with the two top-of-ticket candidates and other Democrats at the Ice Palace in Miami. His appearance was announced Monday morning by the Florida Democratic Party.

An Obama appearance somewhere in Florida with Gillum seemed likely, as the former president has been rallying Democrats in the Midwest. Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, is running a campaign heavy on hope and would be Florida's first black governor if he beats GOP nominee Ron DeSantis.

Gillum's campaign didn't respond when the Miami Herald asked last week if Obama would stump with the Florida gubernatorial candidate, who last week appeared with Hillary Clinton at fundraisers. Nelson is running against Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

"I'm proud and humbled to have President Obama, my friend and a true patriot, on the campaign trail here in Florida," Gillum said in a statement. "President Obama knows what's at stake in this election — protections for people with pre-existing conditions, funding for public schools, and leadership to restore our environment."

Obama's visit to Miami will fall between appearances in Fort Myers and Pensacola by President Donald Trump, who has vigorously supported DeSantis. Scott's campaign has said he will also attend at least the Lee County rally, which is set for Halloween night at a hockey arena across from a discount mall. Trump will be in Pensacola on Saturday.