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Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm fires up Pinellas County Democrats



Times correspondent William March covered one of Hillary Clinton's top surrogates Saturday night in Pinellas. He also did a Q&A with the former governor:

Jennifer Granholm's speech to the Pinellas County Democratic Party wasn't your typical political speech — it began with an ode, and ended with an admonition to the Democrats to "strap on your tuba."

But the party activists whooped and hollered at the pep talk from the former Michigan governor, who's developed a reputation for rousing speeches and is now an active surrogate spokeswoman for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

She said her visit to the county party's fundraising dinner Saturday night was a sign the Clinton campaign plans an intense effort in Florida and particularly the Tampa Bay area, which could swing the election nationwide.

"You are the eye of the storm," she said. "The nation is begging you in Pinellas County to save our country and save the planet." More here.


[Last modified: Monday, July 11, 2016 7:09am]


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