President Obama to campaign for Bill Nelson, Andrew Gillum today

Barack Obama in Kissimmee

Former President Barack Obama will campaign alongside Florida’s leading Democratic candidates on Friday in Miami at Ice Palace Film Studios.

Obama will join U.S. Sen. Bil Nelson and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrats’ U.S. Senate and gubernatorial nominees, for a rally sure to demonstrate the former President’s continuing popularity among the base.

That means the biggest of the political big stars are aligning over Florida in the closing week. The Republicans are bringing in President Donald Trump for a rally Saturday in Pensacola. The Democrats bringing in Obama Friday, following former Vice President Joe Biden and California’s U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, two potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, who campaigned for the Democrats last week.

The Ice Palace Film Studios is an events venue dating to 1923 in the heart of Miami with a capacity of 10,000 people. Details of the Obama rally are forthcoming. It comes at the moment when Florida’s U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races are, as expected, almost air-tight, with polls showing either dead heats or Nelson and Gillum with slight leads over their Republican rivals, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Obama first hit the 2018 campaign trail on behalf of Democrats this weekend in the Midwest.

“Barack Obama has been my friend since I first introduced him to Florida in 2005, when he was a rising political star,” Nelson declared in a news release issued Monday by the Florida Democratic Party. “I cast a key vote in support of his health care reforms, and he and I fought for public schools and protecting Florida’s unique and treasured environment.”

“I’m proud and humbled to have President Obama, my friend and a true patriot, on the campaign trail here in Florida,” said Gillum. “President Obama knows what’s at stake in this election — protections for people with pre-existing conditions, funding for public schools, and leadership to restore our environment. With President Obama’s help, we’re going to bring it home for Florida this November.”

And FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo said, “We are honored to welcome President Obama to Florida to help us get out the vote in the final days of the election. President Obama’s support of Sen. Nelson, Mayor Gillum and Democrats up-and-down the ballot will be crucial to ensuring victory on Nov. 6.”

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  • Tracy s Faulkner

    October 29, 2018 at 8:09 am

    How do we get tickets? I’d surely take a day off work to hear MY president speak on behalf of MY next Governor and MY continuing Senator!

    • James

      October 29, 2018 at 8:47 am

      I agree 100% !

    • Gloria atkins

      October 29, 2018 at 9:49 am

      I wish to attend, how can I get a ticket?

  • James

    October 29, 2018 at 9:19 am

    As Obama said,
    ” We are the people we have been waiting for ”
    Vote !

    • Mdlanor

      October 29, 2018 at 10:22 am

      As Obama said. You will keep the same Doctor and Policy.
      Bill Nelson didn’t talk to Kavanaugh. He made excuses, that he couldn’t arrange a meeting with Kavanaugh. That’s Bull Crap. If Nelson really wanted to have a sit down with Kavanaugh? Nelson would have. Then Nelson Votes NO for Confirming Kavanaugh. Nelson did what he was ordered to do by Schumer and Pelosi.
      If Gullim wins. He will Create Florida State Income Tax and try his best to turn the State of Florida into California.

      • Fritzie

        October 29, 2018 at 4:36 pm

        Don’t waste my time…don’t come see the good guys…stay home and watch Faux news instead

      • Liz Callahan

        October 29, 2018 at 5:54 pm

        It’s against the FL constitution to have a state income tax.

      • Ladyj

        October 30, 2018 at 2:21 am

        Your Point is?

    • John

      November 2, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      You are on drugs

  • nora zavala

    October 29, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Please let me know how to get tickets!!! Thanks!

  • Pamela Patterson

    October 29, 2018 at 10:02 am

    I would love to join them as we fight for true leadership in Florida. Please email me on how to obtain tickets.

    • Chr

      October 29, 2018 at 10:16 am

      True leadership is President Donald Trump. Even after all the bashing from the media
      he has poll ratings than Obama at this time.

      • Ron Melhorn

        October 29, 2018 at 10:25 am

        100% Accurate

      • Michael pierce

        October 29, 2018 at 11:52 am

        Fake Poll’s!! Sound familiar?👍

      • Susana Azlor

        October 29, 2018 at 2:53 pm

        Funny how you feel the need to leave a comment on trump…? if you didn’t noticed..this is about Obama, Nelson, and Gillum

        • Jan D Sims

          October 30, 2018 at 6:09 pm

          It’s about the election in general……..go back to class and learn

      • Dee knutson

        October 31, 2018 at 10:36 am

        So true trump is the best

      • Jay

        October 31, 2018 at 10:43 am

        He does have “poll ratings” lol #idiottrumpsupporter

  • Susana Azlor

    October 29, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Please how do we get tickets? Incredible opportunity to be in the company of REAL people that speak with REAL words, intelligence, and common sense. Representatives that are on OUR side -we, the people’s side!!

  • Tiajuana Bell-Williams

    October 29, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I need tickets!!!

  • Chr

    October 29, 2018 at 10:16 am

    True leadership is President Donald Trump. Even after all the bashing from the media
    he has poll ratings than Obama at this time.

    • Audrey Onyeike

      October 29, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Trump is leading us into violent attacks on each other. What will you do when his mob turns on you?

    • Ladyj

      October 30, 2018 at 2:25 am

      You are an uneducated person, aren’t you?

  • Taissia Wyatt

    October 29, 2018 at 10:21 am

    How can I get tickets?
    Thank you for such an opportunity!!

  • Michael DiPenta

    October 29, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Time for Democrats to take control. The Republicans had a chance and ruined it.

  • George Tango

    October 29, 2018 at 11:41 am

    No need for tickets…you can bring your whole neighborhood…he cant fill up a high school gym seating 500

    • Susana Azlor

      October 29, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      If you’re going to write a comment you should write an intelligent and informed comment. It sounds like you need more information

    • Ladyj

      October 30, 2018 at 2:29 am

      Who is this Idiot seeking attention

  • Shelia

    October 29, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Barry sotoro is a fraud groomed by the CIA.. he belongs in Gitmo..


    October 29, 2018 at 2:20 pm


  • Kara Southard

    October 29, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    How can I get tickets and how and where is the best place for parking. What time should we get there please? Email me, thanks

  • Jason Alonso

    October 29, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Please email me as to how to get tickets.


    October 29, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    How can I Please get tickets to go on Friday. I would really like to go.

  • Larry Stirl

    October 29, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    I am interested in this event & have been following this mayor. Please inform me about obtaining tickets.

  • Liz Bowen

    October 29, 2018 at 5:26 pm


    • Susana Azlor

      October 29, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      Yay!! Right on!

  • Bonnie T.

    October 29, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    How do I get tickets?

  • MamaBlue

    October 29, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Ticket information please!

  • N gilman

    October 29, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    How do I get tickets?

  • Merilyn Lopez

    October 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    How do I get tickets, please?

  • Elaine Salloway

    October 29, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Would like to know the time of this event, and how we can get tickets.

  • sal

    October 30, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    BILL NELSON and Socialist ANDREW GILLUM are running for Senate & Governor respectively. Nelson / Gillum both proudly supports abolishing ICE, sanctuary cities, amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, using taxpayer funds for illegal aliens & DACA. In addition, both are weak on border security and national defense.

    If you OPPOSE illegal immigration, taxpayer funds used for illegal aliens, sanctuary cities, amnesty r Please VOTE NO for BILL NELSON & ANDREW GILLUM this November….we can’t afford anymore Democrats. Both supported by both La Raza & MALDEF which says it all.

    Vote this election for candidates who prioritize citizens over illegal aliens (bet you thought that was a given …not anymore.) Those candidates who oppose sanctuary cities, open borders, non citizens voting, amnesty for millions of illegal aliens and taxpayer funded in state college tuition discounts. That means NO Democrats.

    Recent Gallup poll- almost 60% of Democrats now view socialism positively, little changed from 2010 survey.

    To Democrats programs like (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA) and (Temporary Protective Status, TPS.) are permanent programs. There is nothing temporary about these programs to the left. The goal for Democrats is to flood/lure the country with illegal aliens & refugees, then fight against / eliminate deportations. Democrats want to encourage, reward, protect illegal aliens with jobs, amnesty, drivers licenses, discounts for college tuition, scholarships, then after they’re here….protect them from deportation. This creates MORE illegal entry and the Democrats know this.

    The current migration at our southern border is costing taxpayers a Kings Ransom. Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask for political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats and our tax dollars. Just debating DACA in congress is costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars….. thank the parents.

    Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children and grand children as has been passed on to us.

    *The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the billions spent on bilingual education for illegal aliens.

    *Taxpayers in numerous states are funding in state college tuition discounts for illegal aliens. Cost to taxpayers over a billion dollars annually.

    *30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison U do the math.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate, process Illegal aliens in the Criminal justice system. I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY.

    *$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) WIC, & free school lunches.

    If you OPPOSE illegal immigration, taxpayer funds used for illegal aliens, sanctuary cities, non citizens voting, open borders, amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, weak border security, tax increases. VOTE NO for ALL Democrats this November.

  • Jan D Sims

    October 30, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Vote Red

  • James

    November 2, 2018 at 10:47 am

    To keep doing the same &
    hoping things will change
    is Insane. Use your brain.
    Vote straight Blue.

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