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Trump, Obama battle for Florida - and the US

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

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe