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Why Obama Stopped in Rochester

Political analyst Curt Smith talks about the last-minute stop in the Flower City and a possible Louise Slaughter snub.
President Obama likely stopped in Rochester because city leaders would have felt snubbed if he bypassed us on the Thruway. That's the conclusion of political analyst Curt Smith.

"There's no other reason to be here. The economy of Rochester, 7 percent unemployment, is better than Syracuse and Buffalo," said Smith. "It had become a political game. Rochester would feel slighted."

Smith traveled on similar presidential trips when he was a White House speechwriter for George H.W. Bush. He thinks Rep. Louise Slaughter was snubbed. Thursday morning, she said the president would not be visiting Rochester. 

"This is astonishing. Her face right now must be the color of a tomato," said Smith.

To watch our interview with Smith, click on the video above.
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