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Obama ignores Clinton's email controversy, emphasizing instead that she's 'really, really qualified'

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President Obama preached a simple message here on behalf of Hillary Clinton – she’s “really, really qualified” – while ignoring new questions about her private email server raised by the Department of Justice on Friday.

“You don’t want the slacker as your president,” Obama told a stadium filled with 9,000 people, urging residents of this swing state not to “kick back and think we got this thing won.”

“Media stories go up and down,” Obama said, noting at another point, “I know there’s a lot of crazy stuff on TV.”

Obama did not directly refer to the FBI's announcement that it is again looking into emails potentially related to the private email server Clinton used while serving as secretary of State.

FBI Director James Comey announced the decision after his agency came across new communications on a computer shared by Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner. Investigators were looking into whether Weiner violated federal law while texting a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

The news gives new fuel to a damaging controversy for Clinton just as she was cruising toward election day with strong poll numbers and a battalion of powerful surrogates speaking out for her. Obama's Friday trip to Florida was the increasingly popular president’s second in eight days.

Aides to Obama declined to detail anything about the investigation and said they first learned about it in news accounts.

Obama said the most important facts in the election are “really clear."

“You’ve got one person who is really, really qualified,” Obama said of Clinton. And then you’ve got Donald Trump, he said, who gives evidence of his lack of fitness for office every time he speaks.

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