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Obama leverages Israel trip to woo Florida Jewish voters. Stumps with Bill Clinton in Florida Wednesday

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WASHINGTON--Good thing Barack Obama visited eretz Israel last July 22--and stocked up on photo ops he is putting to good use in the campaign as he continues to have some problems locking in the Jewish vote. The pamphlet below--and the letter with Obama wishing l'shanah tovah during the recent Rosh Hashonah new year holiday--was targeted to voters in a south Florida Jewish community.The same voter in the crucial battleground state was sent a second version of the same mailer a few days after the first.

The pictures in the glossy mailer portray a shrewd calculation: there are photos of the top figures from Israel's three leading parties; Obama met with all of them. The Obama brochure is an exercise in Florida Israeli diplomacy.

There's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni of the Kadima Party in a helicopter with Obama and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, a powerhouse in the Labor Party. Another picture shows former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the Likud Party with Obama.

Though Obama met with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert he did not make the cut for the pamphlet; Olmert is stepping down in the wake of a scandal. President Shimon Peres is seen in a photo with Obama and their aides.

All the photos were taken during Obama's whirlwind stop in Israel; Here's my column on Obama's meetings with the Israeli leaders.




On Wednesday, Obama returns to Florida to campaign in Sunrise and hold a late night rally in Orlando with former President Bill Clinton.

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