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President Barack Obama waves to supporters at Florida International University in Miami, Nov. 3, 2016, during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
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From Washington, this is VOA News.

I’m Ira Mellman reporting.

The U.S. president campaigns for his former Secretary of State.

Stumping for fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state, U.S. President Barack Obama called her Republican rival Donald Trump. a "con artist," temperamentally unfit to be president.

More from VOA’s Zlatica Hoke.

"Speaking at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Obama acknowledged Americans' frustration with the ugliness of the current presidential campaign.

'I want you to push away the noise for a second and just focus on the choice you face in this election.'

Obama told voters, if they think clearly, their choice can only be Clinton. He portrayed Trump as a shady business dealer, lacking compassion for disadvantaged Americans and lacking qualifications to lead a democratic country.

Trump, for his part, took a hit at Obama and promised to dismantle his legacy if elected.

'And the last thing we need is another four years of Obama. It's the last thing..’

Zlatica Hoke. VOA News, Washington."

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are both concentrating their efforts on North Carolina and Florida today (Thursday), two states seen by both campaigns as vital to winning the November 8 election.

Trump has four rallies scheduled along the east coast Thursday, beginning in the northern Florida city of Jacksonville, before heading to a stop in eastern Pennsylvania, and finally finishing out the day with two stops in North Carolina.

Clinton, meanwhile, has two rallies scheduled in North Carolina, the first in Greenville, followed by another in nearby Raleigh.

President Obama will be campaigning on Clinton's behalf in Florida.

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