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Greer loves that Democratic boycott



Delegates are an insider issue, but everybody understands a "slap in the face" like a boycott, state GOP chairman Jim Greer said in a taped "Political Connections" interview: "What I think is going to have a residual benefit to the Republican nominee and the Republican party for years to come is the fact that Democrats running for the highest office in the land, the presidency, signed a pledge that they would not come to Florida and talk about the issues that are important to voters in this state,’’ Greer said in a taped "Political Connections interview to air Sunday on Bay News 9. "Our founding fathers would roll over in the graves if they had ever heard of such a thing."

Tampa Bay political junkies get one-hour! of Political Connections Sunday on Bay News 9 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Also on the show: State Democratic chairwoman Karen Thurman, state House Speaker Marco Rubio, and Sen. John McCain.

While Obama is brushing off Florida’s Democratic primary, his supporters are still trying to drum up votes. St. Petersburg resident Michael Tollar, a Clinton supporter, said an Obama supporter knocked on his door the other day, gave him an Obama flier and urged him to support Obama.

Here's the full statement responding to Hillary: “No one is more disappointed that Florida Democrats will have no role in selecting delegates for the nomination of the party’s standard bearer than Senator Obama,” said Obama campaign manager David Plouffe.  “When Senator Clinton was campaigning in Iowaand New Hampshire, she made it clear that states like Michiganand Floridathat wouldn’t produce any delegates, ‘don’t count for anything.’  Now that Senator Clinton’s worried about losing the first Southern primary, she’s using Floridafor her own political gain by trying to assign meaning to a contest that awards zero delegates and where no campaigning has occurred.  Senator Clinton’s own campaign has repeatedly said that this is a ‘contest for delegates’, and Floridais a contest that offers zero.  Whether it is Barack Obama’s record, her position on Social Security, or even the meaning of the Florida Primary, it seems like Hillary Clinton will do or say anything to win an election.  When he is the nominee, Barack Obama will campaign vigorously in Floridaand Michiganto put them in the Democratic column in 2008.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:18pm]


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