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Newark Mayor stumps for votes for President Obama

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Booker spoke Saturday to a group of Democrats at the Kennedy King Dinner in Tampa. Booker spoke Saturday to a group of Democrats at the Kennedy King Dinner in Tampa.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It appears President Barack Obama senses the road to a second term in the White House runs right through the Tampa Bay area.

Thursday the Command-in-Chief was in town for a private fundraiser. On Saturday Cory Booker was in town stumping for votes for the President.

"This should be an election where everybody lifts their voice and speak out," said the 43-year-old Mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

Since his party's National Convention last month Booker has become one of the more visible Democrats in the country. His official business during this trip to the Bay area was "Keynote Speaker" for the Hillsborough County Democratic Party's "Kennedy King Dinner."

But while tip-toeing around a question about a possible run for governor in New Jersey Booker made it very clear where his priorities are these days.

"The next 45 days my sole purpose and focus is to do the job I was elected by the people of Newark to do," he said just prior to Saturday night's dinner. "And to re-elect President Obama."

Booker spent the day registering voters in the area and outlining just how important the Obama campaign thinks Hillsborough County will be in November.

"This is a very important place to be," Booker explained. "I'm really proud that I was invited in by the community here."

The Mayor used the opportunity to jab Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney's now infamous 47% comment.

"Maybe I only heard 47% of it, I don't know," he said. "That was not a bridge building comment."

With the election several weeks away there is a theme developing in the area that Florida voters should be familiar with. Until the nation goes to the polls in November the political heavyweights of the nation will be in town.

"The I-4 corridor is a swing area, it's a competitive area," says Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "Tampa is the largest media market in the state of Florida, It's the largest voting bloc so I anticipate both sides will be here."

Both parties are well aware of that.

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