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Florida time on the stage

DENVER - Barack Obama will be a better president for the U.S. -- and Israel -- his Florida co-chair Rep. Robert Wexler said, in a pitch aimed at Jewish voters who have been leery of Obama.

"We know Barack Obama is the President America needs," Wexler said, taking the stage at the convention. "He's also the leader and friend Israel needs, and he will bring to the White House an unshakeable commitment to Israel's security. In his heart, in his gut, Barack Obama stands with Israel. Not only his words, but his deeds, bear testament to this fact."

Following Wexler, Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, singled out Obama's support for education -- saying he'd reform the No Child Left Behind act and "focus on early childhood education to get our kids on the right track from the start.

"He joined all Democrats in Congress to pass the largest investment in college aid in 64 years," Castor said. "John McCain opposed that plan. And Barack Obama championed the largest increase in education benefits for our troops since the GI bill. John McCain said it was too generous.

"Women struggling to provide their children with a good education know that we can't afford more of the same," she said.