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Obama reaches out to Hawaii voters in conference call

By B.J. Reyes

LAST UPDATED: 4:57 p.m. HST, Nov 1, 2010

President Barack Obama took time today to rally campaign supporters in Hawaii by telephone.

"On this Election Day, you’ve got real choices and real opportunity to make positive change -- the type of change you voted for when you elected me as president,” Obama told supporters participating in a conference call.

"Hawaii Democrats have a great slate of exceptional candidates. They need your support tomorrow."

The “tele-town hall” was organized by the Democratic Party of Hawaii’s coordinated campaign as part of its final get out the vote effort. Organizers said about 20,000 campaign supporters were invited to listen live during the call.

“I think you understand tomorrow’s election is every bit as important as the election in 2008,” Obama said. “Everybody’s got to not just vote, but bring your friends and co-workers to vote, whether you’re in Hilo, Lihue, Wailuku or Mililani.”

Democrats participating in the event included U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye, congressional candidate Colleen Hanabusa and gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie.

Obama, who remains popular in the state where he grew up and went to high school, already has appeared in television commercials and recorded automated “robo-calls” to support Abercrombie and Hanabusa.

He also confirmed reports that he would be coming to Hawaii with his family over the holidays as he has done in past years.

“I can’t be with you today in Hawaii, but we look forward to getting there for Christmas,” he said.

The president had no publicly announced campaign events on his schedule today and tomorrow, but was doing conference calls and radio interviews targeting Democratic voters in key states. He also held conference calls with supporters in Florida, New Hampshire and New Mexico.

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