Bill Richardson leads rally for Obama in West Tampa
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10/22/08 Seán Kinane
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Early voting has begun for the general election that is less than two weeks away, and the campaigns of both major party nominees for president are sweeping through Florida to encourage people to vote early.

This morning, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson rallied support for Democrat Barack Obama before leading the crowd in a one-block walk to the West Tampa Branch Library, an early voting location.

About 100 people, many holding signs about health care or unions, packed into tiny Salcines Park on North Howard Avenue, in the heart of West Tampa’s Latino district. Richardson, who is Latino, led the get-out-the vote rally.

On Tuesday Richardson participated in an economic summit with Obama and four governors in West Palm Beach. At that summit, Obama promised tax cuts for the middle class and for small businesses, Richardson told the crowd.

Richardson was introduced by state Rep. Michael Scionti, D-Tampa, who encouraged everyone to vote early.

Carol Porter from Tampa said she is going to vote Wednesday before volunteering to make calls at the Obama campaign phone center.

Pamela Hewett is involved in the South Tampa Democrats and is optimistic that Obama will win in November and pick Gov. Richardson for a cabinet position.

Romero Rodriguez of Tampa attended the rally to show support for the Obama ticket.

After the rally, Richardson led a group of voters on a walk to the West Tampa Branch Library so they could vote early. Following his Tampa appearance, Richardson went to Orlando to continue the get-out-the-early-vote effort for the Obama campaign.

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