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Coughlin, Giants Looking For Another Visit With Obama At White House

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — When the Giants visited the White House in June in the heart of the political campaign, coach Tom Coughlin said the Super Bowl champions shared a goal with President Barack Obama — repeating.

Obama did his part Tuesday, defeating Mitt Romney to claim a second-term.

Coughlin was initially reluctant to comment on the result Wednesday.

"Here we go," Coughlin said. "I'm not a politician."

Just as quickly, though, he responded.

"He's there. We need to get there," the smiling coach said.

After Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon noted Obama completed half the equation, Coughlin walked out of a news conference to preview the game between the Giants (6-3) and Bengals (3-5) Sunday saying:

"He didn't call me right away by the way," Coughlin joked.

But Obama did call Victor Cruz this spring to enlist the star wide receiver in his re-election campaign.

"When you get a phone call from the President, you don't tell him you'll call him back," Cruz said. "You go and answer the phone. He just told me how much of a fan he was of me, and if I wanted to help out, if I wanted to be a voice for the young people and help him out in any way possible. And I told him, 'Of course.'"

Cruz said he was "very excited" Obama was voted in for a second term.

"It's big for our community, it's big for minorities, it's big for the Latin culture, the Latin community," he said. "It's big for all of us. So let's hope he continues to do some positive things for us."

Do you smell a repeat trip to the White House? Be heard in the comments below...

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