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Obama snubs FarmFest
Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who serves a vast area of western Minnesota, invited presidential candidate Barack Obama to southwest Minnesota's FarmFest, but Obama declined.

Peterson said: "I gave my advice to them as I did with Nancy Pelosi." But Obama campaign officials rejected the invitation.

Two years ago, he invited soon-to-be House Speaker Pelosi to the ag event, which won her over to Peterson's work on a new farm bill. Peterson had hoped an Obama visit would do the same if Obama is elected president.

Obama's Minnesota campaign spokesman, Nick Kimball, said the candidate understands the importance of FarmFest, but logistics prevented the Democrat from visiting the agriculture trade show despite him being in Minneapolis on FarmFest's final day.