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Obama to travel to Florida in wake of Trayvon Martin verdict

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President Obama will head to Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, where he plans to make the third speech in two days on his vision for rebuilding the economy.

While reporters no doubt will dutifully report on the speech, there is added intrigue with Obama's visit to Florida and whether the president will address the Trayvon Martin case once again in his public remarks.

The remarks haven't been written for the speech yet, White House spokesman Joshua Earnest said when asked whether Obama will again weigh in on the Martin case.

The speech, which will take place at the Jacksonville Airport, is more than 100 miles away from where the shooting took place in the town of Sanford and the trial played out at the Seminole County courthouse.

Obama on Friday made a surprise visit to the the White House press room to speak about the aftermath of the not-guilty verdict for the shooter, George Zimmerman, and made some of his boldest remarks about race of his presidency.

While he began his remarks by applauding the judge in the case for running a very "professional" trial and instructing the jurors "properly," he spoke at length about the case in emotional terms.

"When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said, 'This could have been my son.' Another way of saying that is, Trayvon Martin could've been me 35 years ago," he told reporters. "And when you think about why, in the African-American community, at least, there's a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it's important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at the this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away."

A day after the not-guilty verdict, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division would renew its investigation into whether there were racial motivations in the shooting. Before the case went to trail, Justice conducted a initial review of the evidence in the case and didn't pursue a federal case.

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