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McCain campaigning in S Fla today



Well, sorta. John McCain will hold a "tele-town hall meeting" starting at 6:45 p.m. with independents and Democrats from Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Which prompted a just-finished conference call with U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Robert Wexler, who blasted McCain as way out of step with S. Fla voters. Wexler Ticked off McCain's calls for private Social Security accounts, opposing a national disaster fund, voting against Everglades restoration funding, and calling to an end to a moratorium on drilling off Florida: "John McCain is the most anti-Florida presidential candidate in modern history."

Wasserman Schultz, formerly a top Hillary Clinton backer, added McCain's support for overturning Roe v. Wade, and said McCain was smart to do his Florida town meeting from a distance: "If he actually came and campaiged in person and had to defend his record, he'd probably be run out of town,'' she said.

Will Clinton supporters embrace Obama? "We do have some work to do simply because sen obama has not spent a lot of time in Florida," said Wasserman Schultz. "(But) they are going to support Barack Obama because he is right on the issues that they care about, just as Sen. Clinton was."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:25am]


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