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Who let the Democrat on the McCain call?



Two things the McCain campaign does not want to hear in a conference call with prominent supporters and reporters: One mayor's trip to Cuba and jaunt along the beach with Fidel Castro -- yikes -- and another's disapproval of oil drilling.

"I'm not committed to saying I'm for lifting the moratorium at this point," St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker said in conference call arranged as Barack Obama prepared to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami. "We have to protect our beaches, obviously that's the No. 1 thing we have to do. But I also believe we have to look at various options ... If Sen. McCain puts it on the table that the state is going to have the ultimate control ... it's something you can at least talk about."

As a reporter started to ask a follow up question, former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco piped in, saying no one would jeopardize Florida's beaches. To illustrate his support, he recalled a 2002 visit to Cuba. "Something I always wanted to do and some people thought it was the wrong thing to do."

Yeah, people like John McCain. (more on the Buzz)

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:28am]


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