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Hillary Clinton's campaign manager sees opportunity to win over Republicans in Florida




Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, says they take nothing for granted regarding Florida's 29 electoral votes, but Donald Trump gives Clinton a significant opportunity to win over Florida Republicans.

"Donald Trump isn't a typical Republican candidate, and Mitt Romney and John McCain by and large were," Mook said in a telephone interview with the Tampa Bay Times, after attending a field office opening ceremony in Miami-Dade County Saturday. "There's a lot at stake here for a lot of people. Part of what we want to do in this campaign is bring in those independents and Republican voters who didn't think twice about voting for Mitt Romney or John McCain but understand the enormous threat that Donald Trump poses to our security and to our economy....We have a big opportunity and your'ee going to see us engaging those voters."

But Mook, 36, repeatedly noted that Barack Obama won Florida by less than a percentage point in 2012 after spending years building a Florida campaign. What worries him? The economy, for one.

"This economy has not been working for a lot of people, and there's a pretty deep frustration and a real desire for a president and elected officials who are going to be on the side of working people and who are going to break through the gridlock to get things done," Mook said. "That frustration is deep and pervasive, so it's important that people understand that Hillary Clinton is the only candidate in this race who has a demonstrated record of working across the aisle to get things done that actually make a difference in people's lives...what i worry about is that as this frustration grows, people will fall for what Donald Trump is peddling and it's on us to make sure people understand clearly what's at stake for them and the difference between the two candidates"

The average of recent polls compiled by RealClearPolitics shows Clinton narrowly leading Trump in Florida by less than 4 percentage points, but Gov. Rick Scott's political committee plans to publicly a release a poll Monday that shows the Trump leading Clinton in Florida BY 2 percentage points.

"e're doing everything we can to build a ground operation that can register people to vote, re-register them, sign them up to vote by mail or make sure that they vote early<' Mook said, noting that the campaign has vote targets in every part of Florida that it has to reach and is not relying on any particular region. "Overall we feel very good that Florida's very competitive but that's very different from saying we're going to win it. We have a good shot, and it's on us to build an organization that can (pull it off)."

[Last modified: Saturday, July 9, 2016 8:04pm]


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