Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida

Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida
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Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden hits new low in Gallup poll Biden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work Obama, Springsteen releasing book based on their podcast MORE will travel to Miami on Saturday to campaign for Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden authorizes up to 0M for Afghan refugees Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE, one day after President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE is slated to rally in the Sunshine state.

Obama will seek to boost Biden's prospects in Florida, where polls show a close race between the former vice president and Trump. The president won Florida and its 29 electoral votes in 2016 by 113,000 votes, and the state is considered a must-win if Trump is to secure re-election.

It will mark Obama's second appearance on the trail for Biden after he held events in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

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A CNBC poll and a CNN poll released earlier Wednesday showed Biden leading in Florida by 5 percentage points and 4 percentage points, respectively. But there are signs the former vice president is underperforming with Latino voters compared to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE in 2016, a critical bloc in Florida.

Trump is slated to travel to Florida on Friday for a pair of rallies. It marks his third trip to the state in roughly 10 days. He recently held events in Ocala and Sanford.

The Biden campaign announced Obama's Florida trip on Wednesday night, hours after he made his first appearance on behalf of Biden and vice presidential nominee Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Ron Johnson: 'I may not be the best candidate' for 2022 midterms MORE.

Obama eviscerated Trump at a drive-in rally from the parking lot of Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, depicting the president as unwilling and unable to meet the demands of the job.

Obama delivered a blistering rebuke of Trump and urged Americans to go out and vote, warning that “the next 13 days will matter for decades to come.”

“Our democracy is not gonna work if the people who are supposed to be our leaders lie every day and just make things up,” Obama said. “This notion of truthfulness and democracy and citizenship and being responsible — these aren't Republican or Democratic principles. They’re American principles. ... We need to reclaim them.”