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Obama Pitches for John Kitzhaber in Portland

Photo Courtesy - Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- President Obama went to bat for Oregon gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber in Portland Wednesday evening, arguing that the state needs him one more time.

“You need him again, you need him one more time,” Obama said at a rally at the Portland Convention Center.

Kitzhaber served as governor twice before, from 1994 to 2002, and is running for a third term in a close race against Republican Chris Dudley, a former NBA player.

“This should not be a difficult choice,” Obama quipped.  “I know you have a race where both candidates are talking about change.  But there’s only one candidate who has delivered change.  And that’s John Kitzhaber.  You know John’s track record.”

Wednesday's stop is the first of Obama's six-city, five-state, four-day Western swing in the lead-up to election day.  With a long road ahead of him, the president, who coughed many times during his speech, has his work cut out for him as he’s feeling a bit under the weather.

“I’m getting a cold. I’m actually getting over it but you know I would suspect by the end of this speech I am going to be hoarse.  But I know it won’t matter because you are going to be fired up even if you can’t hear me.”

The president said that it is up to voters to tell the Republicans that they have not forgotten about their time in office.

“It is up to you to tell them we haven’t forgotten.  We don’t have amnesia, and we don’t want what you’re selling because we’ve tried it before and we didn’t like it because it didn’t work.”

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