- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - President Barack Obama has endorsed Democrat Gina Raimondo for Rhode Island governor, a day before he had been expected to visit the state to discuss the economy.

Late Wednesday the White House announced Obama was canceling Thursday trips to Rhode Island and New York to monitor the government’s Ebola response.

The president said in a statement released earlier by the treasurer’s campaign that Raimondo is a “proven champion who can put politics aside and get results.”

He said she has business experience that will help create jobs and a “real plan for how to do it.” She co-founded a venture capital firm formerly located in Providence.

Raimondo has focused her campaign on improving the economy. Rhode Island has had one of the country’s highest unemployment rates for years.

Obama had been scheduled to speak at Rhode Island College.

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