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Butterworth lukewarm on Democratic presidentials



Last time Democrats almost won Florida's electoral votes, then-Attorney General Bob Butterworth was in the thick of things, leading Al Gore's Florida campaign in 2000. Today? Butterworth has little enthusiasm for any of his fellow Democrats running for president. "Joe Biden, who is a friend and somebody I would easily be able to endorse, I don't think is going to be able to make it, unfortunately," Butterworth says in a Political Connections interview airing today on Bay News 9.

"Other than Joe, I really don't have a choice." said Butterworth, who said Hillary Clinton would have a tough challenge winning Florida in the general election if Republican Gov. Charlie Crist remains popular heading into 2008. Butterworth, Gov. Crist's Department of Children and Families secretary, wouldn't even rule out endorsing GOP candidate Rudy Giuliani, with whom he served as co-best men at the wedding of pal Jon Sale, a Miami lawyer and former federal prosecutor. But Butterworth questions whether someone married three times like Giuliani can ever be elected president. More here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:57pm]


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