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Lieberman, socialism and tests of leadership



The Democrats have Sarah Silverman, who encourages young Jews to get their grandparents in Florida to vote for Barack Obama with her website, The Republicans have Joe Lieberman. He's scheduled to be in Tampa in the next few days, in part, to rally Jewish voters, says Greg Truax, who's leading the John McCain effort in Hillsborough County. More details to come.

Meanwhile, Truax said while the Obama camp is organizing get out the vote events in the region, his team is vigorously working the phones to encourage absentee and early voting, and knocking on doors in neighborhoods. County Commissioner Mark Sharpe says the last few days are critical, because Obama is not a good "closer." Overly confident Democrats are getting sloppy, he said, with talk of "spreading wealth" like socialists and a world waiting to test Obama's leadership ability. "They're talking about things Americans don't like," Sharpe said. That, he said, will convince the undecided voters to back McCain.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:40pm]


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