Obama and Hillary in Florida Monday for Early Vote Start

Sen. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will campaign together in Orlando, Florida on Monday as early voting opens in the state. Earlier in the day Obama will be in Tampa while Hillary will be campaigning for him in Broward (Fort Lauderdale, north of Miami.)

Where's McCain/Palin? Palin will be in Colorado shoring up the Republican base in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Loveland (Larimer County) -- all of which are locks for their ticket.

McCain was in Miami today with Joe Lieberman, courting the Cuban vote, but has nothing scheduled in the state through next week. Obama on the other hand is putting serious energy into Florida, and Miami in particular, for the duration of the campaign.

Hillary campaigned in Youngstown, Ohio today.

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    With upwards (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by CoralGables on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 12:02:45 AM EST
    to 2 million people expected to vote in Florida "before" election day, the Obama ground game will be out in full force beginning Monday. All those newly registered voters that no one expects to vote are likely to be driven to the polls next week by Obama volunteers.

    I really hope so (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by andgarden on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 12:08:14 AM EST
    Florida sometimes seems like the Democratic white elephant. But since I'm not over 2000--and may never be--I really want to win there.

    When McCain chose Palin (none / 0) (#8)
    by WS on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 08:52:08 AM EST
    they probably thought they had Florida in the bag and Palin would actually be popular with people other than the hardcore wingnuts.  

    Aren't the Republicans tired of being wrong?


    Nice to see Hillary (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by sallywally on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 07:44:40 AM EST
    and Obama campaigning together. At least a little "togetherness." Not enough for me! She needs to be prominent with him, not in some parallel campaign where he doesn't have to deal with her.

    More effective separately (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Mike H on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 08:19:21 AM EST
    Obama's campaign can cover more ground if Hillary's campaigning in Ohio and PA and Obama's in Florida or Georgia, for example.

    That's actually something that's working really well for Obama -- several strong surrogates -- Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton -- each can draw big crowds and can reach independents.

    McCain's got... Palin.  Maybe Romney or Giuliani working a tad for him.  And Dubya... Not exactly a strong round-up, except for reaching the base, and just the base.


    Can you name a nationally popular Republican? (none / 0) (#6)
    by andgarden on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 08:38:46 AM EST
    I can't think of one off hand.

    Abraham Lincoln? (none / 0) (#7)
    by DFLer on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 08:50:35 AM EST
    heh (none / 0) (#9)
    by andgarden on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 08:54:11 AM EST
    That old liberal? (maybe it's time for BTD to dig up his Lincoln 1860 plan.)

    Colin Powell (none / 0) (#10)
    by WS on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 09:14:50 AM EST
    who might endorse Obama...

    What will he say on Meet the Press?


    Whatever he says, I won't be watching (none / 0) (#11)
    by andgarden on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 09:16:01 AM EST
    Anyway, I think his "Republican" credentials are questionable these days. And yeah, he could fix that by endorsing McCain. (Yes, I could imagine that).

    Yes, I see your point - but also (none / 0) (#14)
    by sallywally on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 01:04:13 PM EST
    it seems good to me to have them show up together at various points to provide visual clues that they're not split...

    What sort of "legal" stuff (none / 0) (#3)
    by sallywally on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 07:42:11 AM EST
    are the Repubs doing in Florida?

    According to DK, Joe Biden (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 09:25:31 AM EST
    has no campaign events scheduled today, but Jill Biden does.  

    Also, Louis Farrakhan is (none / 0) (#13)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 09:35:46 AM EST
    re-dedicating the Nation of Islam mosque in Chicago this weekend and many dignataries are scheduled to attend.  Will The Rev. Jeremiah Wright?  Does it matter?  

    Forida Newspaper Endorsements (none / 0) (#15)
    by CoralGables on Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 01:36:34 PM EST
    are beginning to roll on.

    Miami Herald goes to Obama
    Tampa Tribune goes to McCain