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Mayor Villaraigosa stumps for Obama in Florida

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will campaign for President Barack Obama until the last minute before Tuesday's election, making final stops Monday in Tampa and Miami.

The mayor - who chaired the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina - has stumped in New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Iowa and Florida on the president’s behalf. He also attended presidential debates in Colorado and New York.

Villaraigosa’s schedule in Florida included interviews with CNN, MSNBC, Telemundo and Spanish-language radio. He also visited Obama campaign headquarters and a field office in Tampa.

“I think the biggest reason to vote for President Obama is that we have, what now, 31 straight months of growth,” Villaraigosa told CNN. “The other reason is that 32 million people have health care and that 12 million jobs will be created, according to Moody’s analytics, in the next four years if we keep charting the course ahead." 

On Election Day, Villaraigosa plans to vote early in Los Angeles, then hop back on a plane to spend election night with the Obama campaign in Chicago.

“I’ve been in virtually every battleground state. I have because this election matters – it matters to people in Los Angeles who is in the White House, who is in the House and the Senate,” Villaraigosa said in his CNN interview. “I’m going to work as hard as I can until the polls close.” 

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