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Preparing For a Problem: Obamas Florida Election Day Plan

September 20th, 2008 by flanews

Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama says hell have a team of lawyers watching Florida on election night. Obama was in Jacksonville today. Whitney Ray had an exclusive interview with the presidential hopeful and tells us how Obama plans to tackle the problems plaguing Florida.

Hear it Here: Preparing For a Problem: Obamas Florida Election Day Plan

Exclusive: Full Obama Interview

A sea of more than 10,000 people waited for hours to hear Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama.

The stakes of the election couldnt be higher, Obama said during his Jacksonville speech Saturday.

After two weeks of trailing Republican rival John McCain in Florida polls, Obama has taken a slight lead. In a one-on-one interview with the presidential hopeful we asked him how he would tackle the problems facing Florida, like the states skyrocketing unemployment rate.

If you become President what specifically could you do to put those people in Florida back to work, asked Capitol News Reporter Whitney Ray.

A lot of this has to do with the housing market, so weve got to shore that up. Theres a lot of things we could immediately do. Obviously weve got to solve this short term financial crisis, Obama answered.

Obama said hell support a national catastrophe fund and work to lower property insurance rates.

Its very important the people of Florida are able to get insurance and I think the national government has to provide some help, said Obama.

If things get out of hand in Florida on election night like they did eight years ago, Obama says hes ready to go to court.

If it comes down to Florida and its close, and Florida is given to McCain in the end. Do you concede or do you question that given the problems weve had, Ray asked.

Well Ill tell you Im not going to anticipate a problem, Im just going to prepare for a problem by making sure that weve got lawyers in precincts all across the state. We are going to make sure the election is run the way its supposed to be run, Obama answered.

Obama hopes the election isnt decided in court. Hes calling on the states 300,000 newly registered Democrats to vote early to try to avoid any mix-ups. Obama will be in Florida longer than expected. Sources close to the campaign say the presidential hopeful will be in Tampa next week to prepare for his Friday presidential debate.

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