President Obama cancels Labor Day trip to Cleveland

12:46 PM, Aug 31, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has cancelled his trip to Cleveland on Labor Day.

Citing his travel to Louisiana to meet with officials there and to review the response to Hurricane Isaac and meet with Hurricane Isaac victims, the Obama campaign now says he will not travel to Cleveland on Labor Day.

The President was to join Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge about 5 p.m. Monday to speak at the 11th Congressional District Community Caucus Labor Day Festival.

Fudge released this statement just after 1:30 p.m. Friday:

"The devastation caused by Hurricane Isaac and the suffering of Americans in its path has led President Obama to make a late change in his travel plans for Monday, September 3rd. As President of all the people, he is cancelling his stop in Cleveland and will instead travel to where he is most needed, to offer comfort and direction to our fellow Americans affected by this natural disaster in their time of great need."

"While we looked forward to President Obama's presence and remarks in our district on Monday, we understand his decision to change course. The 41st annual 11th Congressional District Community Caucus Parade and Festival will go on as planned and I look forward to seeing the people of Northeast Ohio come together to celebrate Labor Day."


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