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Cleveland: Two key groups for the President, one big event

6:02 PM, Sep 3, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Every vote will be important in this hard-fought, super-close Presidential race.

And two groups President Barack Obama is depending on for support rallied voters in one combined Labor Day event at Luke Easter Park.

The 11th Congressional District Parade and Picnic teamed up with organized labor's Labor Day Parade.

The big enthusiastic crowd would have been bigger if President Barack Obama did not cancel his intended appearance to instead go to Louisiana and check out Hurricane Isaac damage.

Obama supporter Shirley Stevens said, "Yes, people are disappointed. ..Of course we expected him to be here but we know, as President of the United States, he has to take care of the entire country."

Laborers Local Union 310 member Patrick Dalton said, "I would have liked to see a better turnout...If he was here I'm sure this place would have been rocking and rolling."

The Obama campaign is attempting to recapture some of the energy and excitement from the Hope and Change message of four years ago and the organized labor crusade against State Issue 2 in Ohio last fall.

There was plenty of energy as other legislative and judicial candidates marched in the parade and swarmed through the park grounds seeking votes.

Also working the crowd was Cleveland School District CEO Eric Gordon, stumping for support  for the important levy vote in November.

WKYC-TV

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