Trump, Obama battle for Florida - and the US

One wants love and hope to conquer hate, the other touts safety and prosperity

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Ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections, President Donald Trump campaigned in Pensacola for Republicans, while former president Barack Obama campaigned in Miami for Democrats.
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Mr Barack Obama needed no introduction. In the electric moment the crowd sensed the former president about to step onto the stage, they erupted in cheers, drowning out Florida governor hopeful Andrew Gillum's efforts to welcome the man who came to stump for him.

"I love you back," Mr Obama told the predominantly black and Latino crowd gathered at Miami's Ice Palace Film Studios last Friday afternoon.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 06, 2018, with the headline Trump, Obama battle for Florida - and the US. Subscribe