At 11th hour, Obama works black radio audiences

President phones in to series of urban-format radio stations on Election Day

Published November 2, 2010 5:30PM (EDT)

The voting is under way, but President Barack Obama is still working to turn out blacks for Democratic candidates.

He phoned in to a series of urban-format radio stations on Tuesday, interrupting music and chat with a pitch for the importance of the midterm vote.

He told listeners to KPWR radio in Los Angeles that even though his name isn't on the ballot, his agenda is. He said "across the board" things have improved on his watch -- but the question being decided is, "Can we keep that up?"

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is giving several Election Day broadcast interviews in his last-minute effort to get out the Democratic vote.

Obama was being interviewed live Tuesday on radio stations in Los Angeles and Las Vegas -- Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Harry Reid of Nevada are in close re-election races -- and is taping radio interviews for broadcast in Chicago and Jacksonville, Fla.

Obama also taped a round of interviews on Monday for airing on Election Day in Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Honolulu and Miami.


By Mark S. Smith

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