AIDS protesters interrupt Obama speech in Conn.

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BRIDEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- President Barack Obama has been meeting mostly friendly crowds this weekend, in his final campaign swing before Tuesday's elections. But Saturday in Bridgeport, Conn., AIDS protesters interrupted his speech.
  
For several minutes public health, law and medical students from Harvard and Yale universities began shouting, demanding the U.S. keep its promise to fund global AIDS initiatives.
  
Obama responded, saying "Excuse me, young people," as others in the audience booed the protesters.
  
The president told the group, "You've been appearing at every rally we've been doing. And we're funding global AIDS and the other side is not. So I don't know why you think this is a useful strategy to take."
  
Others in the audience cheered and the protesters were escorted out of the arena.

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