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Barack Obama Campaigns in Delray Beach Tuesday
President attends South Florida rally day after final debate
BY Betty Yu and Brian Hamacher

President Barack Obama urged Florida voters to take advantage of early voting during a campaign stop in Delray Beach Tuesday following Monday night's debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton.

Obama spoke at a rally at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, urging supporters to take advantage of early voting which begins Saturday in the Sunshine State.

He also took time to slam former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, once again using the term "Romnesia" to describe what he says are his GOP rival's changing positions.

"We had a severe outbreak last night, it was at least Stage 3 Romnesia," Obama said, referring to the debate. "And just want to go over some of the symptoms Delray, because I want to make sure nobody in the surrounding area catches it."

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Obama even re-purposed the old Jeff Foxworthy "You might be a redneck" comedy bit.

"If you say that you love American cars during a debate but you wrote an article titled 'Let Detroit go bankrupt,' you might have Romnesia," Obama said. "If you talk about how much you love teachers during a debate but said just a few weeks ago that we shouldn't hire any more because they won't grow the economy, What do you have? I bet you've got some Romnesia."

Supporters of Obama showed up bright and early to score a good view of the president, and said why they'll be voting for him for a second term.

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"I want Mr. Obama to finish what he started," Valerie Ellington said. "Let me tell you something, I'm on medication and since Mr. Obama is in, my medication dropped."

"I can tell you as an airline pilot I was flying on 9/11. President Obama finished the job of getting the guys who got us on 9/11 and I want to give him the next four years to finish the rest of the way," David Israel said.

Obama's appearance in Delray Beach comes exactly two weeks before the Nov. 6 General Election.

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