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Media Roundtable: Obama Rules Out Ground Troops Against ISIS In Tampa Speech

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President Obama, Jameis Winston and Jacksonville's quality of life are making headlines this week.

President Obama made a stop at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Wednesday to promise that America and its allies will destroy Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

"Whether in Iraq or in Syria, these terrorists will learn the same thing that the leaders of al-Qaida already know: we mean what we say. Our reach is long. If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven. We will find you eventually," Obama said to the group of men and women in uniform.

The President said that the US effort against the Islamic state will consist of air strikes and won’t require another ground war in Iraq.

Joining us on our regular Friday roundtable to discuss this and other stories from the week was our panel of local journalists:

  • Nate Monroe, Florida Times-Union reporter
  • Eric Smith, People and Politics host
  • A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly columnist
  • Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor

Other topics include FSU's Jameis Winston being given a half-game suspension over a profane and sexually charged outburst at the school's student union, a new restaurant taking over the historic Bostwick building downtown, and Jacksonville ranking low on a new Gallup well-being report.

You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax.