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President Obama delivers a speech at Hannah's Bend Park in Cannon Falls, Minn., early Monday afternoon. The Cannon River is in the background. (Chad Richardson / Forum Communications)

President Obama in Minnesota

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CANNON FALLS, Minn. -- President Barack Obama headed into Republican-leaning territory Monday for what Washington observers called his first re-election campaign stop, asking 500 Minnesotans in a tranquil park along a quiet stream to tell their GOP representatives to compromise.

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The Democratic president basically said that if Republicans would see things his way, Washington would run much smoother.

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