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Clintons Florida-focused



With Democrats looking increasingly strong in the West, Midwest and Northeast, we can think of at least three reasons Democratic presidential contenders might consider writing off Florida in 2008: Bill McBride, John Kerry and Jim Davis. None of the top-of-the-ticket Democrats came especially close to winning Florida in 2002, 2004 or 2006. But the chairman of the Hillary Clinton campaign insists Florida is a top priority for the Democratic front-runner, and it's rather personal for the Clintons. Bill Clinton to this day is peeved he didn't carry the Sunshine State in 1992 (he did in '96) and that he didn't spend the final stretch of the campaign in Florida.

"If you listen to him, instead of going to North Carolina the last trip before 1992, he would've won here," former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe says in a Political Connections interview airing today on Bay News 9. "I talked to him the other day about it. It still burns him that he didn't carry Florida in 1992. ... (Sen. Clinton's) got two very important advisers - one Bill Clinton and the other me - who both today believe Florida is a state we can win."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:31pm]


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