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Plouffe: Fla could have cost us nomination



Wonder why the Barack Obama campaign was so eager to dismiss Florida's Jan. 29 primary as meaningless?

Ambinder: Plouffe acknowledged that if Florida had kept its delegates and its January date on the Democratic nomination calendar, Obama might not have won the nomination. "Florida was concerning to us. If that Florida primary, coming three days after South Carolina, it might have mitigated all of South Carolina, and, in fact, we might not be the nominee."

As we've suggested before, Hillary Rodham Clinton, might well have been president-elect had she refused to join the boycott of Florida's primary. Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said the same thing tonight at Harvard: “When they agreed to do it in the Clinton campaign, I was really surprised.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:09pm]


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