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Obama visits Puerto Rico with eye on 2012 election

MIAMI (AP) - President Barack Obama is making a rare presidential visit to Puerto Rico, the U.S. island territory, with an eye firmly placed on the Puerto Ricans back on the mainland who could help him deliver at least one key state during his 2012 re-election campaign.
About 4.6 million Puerto Ricans live on the mainland, boosting a fast-growing Hispanic population that is becoming increasingly important in American politics.
Obama's visit, the first official trip to the island by a president in 50 years, caps a two-day trip that took the president to two crucial political battlegrounds - North Carolina and Florida - as he solidified his political outreach while defending his economic record against sweeping attacks from potential Republican foes.


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