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Obama coming to Miami

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama, who recently made headlines when he said he would be willing to meet with inflammatory Latin American leaders such as Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, is coming to the proverbial lion's den -- Hispanic-rich Miami -- on Aug. 25.

The local Democratic Party is hosting the $30-per-person event at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium from 3 to 5 p.m. For tickets, go to or call 305-477-4994. Proceeds will go to the local party.

"We're very excited that a national leader like Sen. Obama is coming to speak to the Miami-Dade Democratic Party,'' said chairman Joe Garcia.

Obama said he would be willing to meet with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea during last week's YouTube-CNN debate, sparking a week of backbiting with rival Hillary Clinton. The Herald's stories are here and here.

Just when you thought the debate was waning, the Clinton campaign pointed to Obama's interview with a Herald columnist as evidence that he was talking out of both sides of his mouth. Obama's campaign said his position was clear: he's willing to meet with hostile leaders if the conversations will promote national interests.

Both sides got some mileage out of the debate. Clinton solidified her position as someone who knows the world stage, while Obama reinforced his image as a catalyst for change.