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Obama campaign says he's not dissing Baptists

Florida's GOP chief accused Democrat Barack Obama of bailing on 1,000 people who signed up to see him address a Baptist convention on March 20 in Panama City.

The presidential candidate ceased campaigning in Florida six months ago because the state held an early primary that was not authorized by the national party.

"Senator Obama’s choice to cancel his appearance once again illustrates his lack of interest in ddressing the concerns of Florida voters,'' said Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer. "First he signed a pledge refusing to campaign here, and now he is adding insult to injury by continuing to keep Florida voters at arms’ length.''

But Obama's campaign says he was never confirmed to attend the event. "This information was posted by a supporter without knowledge of his schedule,'' said campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki.