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The Clinton-Trump matchup is on in Florida

The 2016 presidential contenders now turn attention to the general election and Florida

Associated Press

The 2016 presidential contenders now turn attention to the general election and Florida

This week effectively marks the start of the general election in Florida, with Donald Trump’s planned rally in Tampa on Saturday.

Trump foreshadowed his message during a Tuesday night speech in New York. “We can't solve our problems by counting on the politicians who created our problems,” Trump said. “The Clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves."

Clinton claimed history Tuesday by becoming the first female nominee of a major party. She too is expected to campaign in Florida soon and already is getting advertising from her super PAC.

Recent polls have shown a very close Trump-Clinton matchup here.

“Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander-in-chief,” Clinton said.  And he’s not just trying to build a wall between America and Mexico – he’s trying to wall off Americans from each other. When he says, ‘Let’s make America great again,’ that is code for, ‘Let’s take America backwards.’ Back to a time when opportunity and dignity were reserved for some, not all, promising his supporters an economy he cannot recreate.”

Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia tried to cast her as weak, noting how long it took to lock down the nomination in face of Bernie Sanders.

“Burdened by scandal after scandal, Hillary and her out-of-touch policies never got traction and her candidacy has still yet to capture the hearts and minds of the people of this country. Superdelegates can vote in July but they cannot save her untrustworthiness in November,” Ingoglia said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 10:23am]

    

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