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Obama Tweets Message Against Scottish Independence Ahead Of Vote

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President Barack Obama walks away from the podium after speaking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Obama traveled to the CDC, to address the Ebola crisis and announced that he is sending 3,000 American troops to West Africa nations fight the spread of the Ebola epidemic. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama walks away from the podium after speaking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Obama traveled to the CDC, to address the Ebola crisis and announced that he is sending 3,000 American troops to West Africa nations fight the spread of the Ebola epidemic. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama reiterated his stance against Scottish independence with a tweet on Wednesday.

Obama said he hopes the UK remains “strong, robust and united.” The Scottish independence vote takes place Thursday, Sept. 18.

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The UK is an extraordinary partner for America and a force for good in an unstable world. I hope it remains strong, robust and united. -bo

Obama first commented on the vote in June.

“We obviously have a deep interest in making sure that one of the closest allies that we will ever have remains strong, robust, united, and an effective partner,” Obama told reporters after the G7 summit. “But ultimately these are decisions that are to be made by the folks there.”

Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the vote is a “decision for the people of Scotland to make,” but echoed Obama’s comments.

“I will certainly respect their right to cast their own ballot without interference from people on the outside,” Earnest said. “But, you know, as the president himself said, we have an interest in seeing the United Kingdom remain strong, robust, united and an effective partner.”

Former President Bill Clinton has also spoken out against Scottish independence, saying he hopes “the Scots will inspire the world with a high turnout and a powerful message of both identity and inclusion.”

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Remember 15 February 2003? If you’re taking the trouble to read this, then you probably went to an anti-war march that day. Didn’t turn out so well, did it? Nothing really changed. The “largest protest event in human history”, as we remember it today, was effectively ignored. That left a nasty taste. It might even have put you off the idea of protesting forever. The marching boots were thrown to the back of the cupboard and you went into a major sulk. Maybe you even wrote a song about it. Yeah, that’ll tell ‘em. You wrote the words:………………….

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The referendum that reinvented Scotland

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