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On home turf, Wasserman Schultz will lead Democratic offensive amid GOP primary



dws.jpgRep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the DNC, will be all over her home state in the coming week as Democrats hope to display their organizational muscle amid the GOP primary.

Wasserman Schultz said in an interview Saturday that the goal is to illustrate a "direct contrast" between President Obama and the Republicans. She singled out GOP plans to restructure Medicare and allow private investment accounts for Social Security -- two issues that get a lot of attention in Florida.

"This is a make or break moment for the middle class," Wasserman Schultz said. "And this is what I think Floridians, particularly independents and moderates, will respond to, that in America we should create policy so that everybody has an opportunity to be successful. The trickle down policies of the past don't work."

Democrats also see the coming week as an opportunity to step up their campaign efforts. Wasserman Schultz will host organizing events in Jacksonville, Orlando, Sarasota and South Florida.

Already the effort is formidable. Organizing for America has opened nine campaign offices across the state, in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Boca Raton, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens and Broward County. It has held nearly 3,000 trainings, planning sessions and phone banks, that have resulted in 580,000 calls to supporters and 4,500 one-on-one meeting with voters.

[Last modified: Sunday, January 22, 2012 12:55pm]


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