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President Obama Endorses Rep. Frederica Wilson For Congress

MIAMI (CBS4) - Congresswoman Frederica Wilson picked up a key endorsement in her bid to reclaim her seat as the representative from Florida's 24th Congressional District.

Friday night, Wilson's campaign announced that she has the support of President Barack Obama.

"Congresswoman Wilson has brought decades of experience to the U.S. Congress and fights every day on behalf of hardworking families to create an economy built to last. We need to keep Representative Wilson in Congress to continue to put Floridians back to work and to protect critical investments and programs like education, Social Security, and Medicare.  In stark contrast, Republicans in Congress will continue to pursue the failed policies of the past that crashed our economy and punished middle-class Americans. We cannot let them succeed, and that is why we need to re-elect Congresswoman Frederica Wilson," President Obama said.

Rep. Wilson said she graciously accepts the endorsement.

"As an early and enthusiastic supporter of President Obama, I am extremely honored and humbled by President Obama's support.  President Obama provides us leadership that will move this country forward.  He believes we must grow our economy from the middle-class out and has a vision to restore middle-class security by investing in education, energy, innovation and infrastructure, and reforming the tax code.  His bold action to rescue the U.S. auto and financial industries saved millions of jobs and prevented another Great Depression, and the President's healthcare reform means that thousands in my district have quality, affordable healthcare coverage they so desperately need."

Representative Wilson is a member of the House Foreign Affairs and Science Committees.  She is a former school principal, Miami-Dade County School Board Member, and former Member of the Florida House and Senate.

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