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Obama Cancels Labor Day Visit to Cleveland

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CLEVELAND — President Barack Obama has canceled his Labor Day visit to Cleveland, Fox 8 News reports.

The president’s campaign confirmed the cancellation Friday, citing a necessary visit to areas recently devastated by Hurricane Isaac as reason for his absence.

“In light of the President’s travel to Louisiana to meet with local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac, President Obama will no longer travel to Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, September 3,” a statement read.

Obama was to stop in Toledo Monday morning before heading to Cleveland later in the afternoon for the 11th Congressional District Community Caucus Labor Day Festival at Luke Easter Park.

A statement released on Friday by Cleveland Congresswoman Marcia Fudge read (in part):

“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.”

The Democratic National Convention kicks off on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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