If President Barack Obama or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney want to win Florida's electoral votes, it would make sense if they focued on economic issues relevant to the Sunshine State, writes Jeff Harrington of the Tampa Bay Times.
5 FLORIDA-STYLE ECONOMIC ISSUES THAT OBAMA & ROMNEY SHOULD PONDER by Jeff Harrington of the Tampa Bay Times
"1. The jobs quandary: quantity versus quality; 2. Charting an energy policy that works; 3. Fixing the safety net; 4. Propping up Florida's shaky property insurance market; 5. Finding palatable ways to boost international trade."
OBAMA'S HUG, MITT'S WHIFF by Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald
"The performance of the Democratic and Republican candidates in Florida last week told the tale of two campaigns. One feels a surge. The other looks troubled.
"That’s not just a matter of appearance. Polls show Obama clinging to an inside-the-error-margin lead in Florida. The polls really start to matter now as undecided voters focus on the race and upcoming debates.
"Public opinion will certainly change in these final two months. But the performances of the two campaigns last week in Florida give an indication of what could be in store."
BARACK, MICHELLE & MITT ALL IN FLORIDA THIS WEEK by Nora McAlvanah of FLDemocracy2012.com
"Romney will kick-off his trip Wednesday evening with a $50,000-per-couple reception at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The next day he is scheduled to attend a $2,500-per-person fundraiser at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota.
"Later Thursday, Romney will attend a VIP reception for his campaign at the North Palm Beach home of Chris Cline. Also that evening, Romney will be the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by Al and Dawn Hoffman in North Palm Beach.
"On Thursday, September 20, President Obama will return to Florida for campaign events in Miami and Tampa."
"First lady Michelle Obama will also travel to state on Monday for grassroots events in Gainesville and Tallahassee."
PAUL RYAN CRITICIZES FED PLAN AT TAMPA BAY RALLY by Brendan Farrington of the Associated Press
"Ryan criticized the Federal Reserve's newly announced plan to prop up the economy, telling a Tampa Bay crowd Saturday that 'sugar high economics' won't help people.
"Ryan said the plan to spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage bonds in an effort to keep interest rates low will fail to jump-start the economy, just as President Barack Obama's $787 billion federal stimulus fell short."
$120 MILLION SPENT IN FLORIDA SO FAR ON PRESIDENTIAL POLITICAL ADS via Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times
"NBC News has this eye-popping rundown of how much has been spent in ads in Florida since March 19, as tabulated by ad tracker SMG Delta (here is the full post with other states). The Obama campaign has far outspent Romney but when outside groups are included, Romney has a slight edge.
"Team Romney $60,327,832 - Romney $16,471,243, Am Crossroads $12,509,348, Crossroads GPS $12,293,037, AFP $9,014,582, Restore $7,819,601, Am Future Fund $1,359,061, Am Energy All $854,325, RNC $6,635.
"Team Obama $59,328,859 - Obama $44,610,509, Priorities $12,713,685, SEIU $1,475,589, Planned Parenthood $447,657, MoveOn $64,359, ACLU $17,060"
FLA. DEMS BEAT REPUBLICANS IN AUGUST VOTER REGISTRATION
The Florida Democratic Party today released state August voter registration data showing that, for the seventh consecutive month, Democrats out-registered Republicans — again by nearly 10-points. Over the past seven months, Democrats have steadily increased monthly gains over the GOP from a 3-point advantage in February to roughly 10-points in April, May, June, July and August.
“Democrats have consistently out registered Republicans in Florida for seven consecutive months and that’s a trend that should make Republicans very nervous heading into the fall,” said Scott Arceneaux, Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party. “Further troubling for the GOP are the demographic breakdowns which show solid registration advantages among growing important groups like women and Hispanics. With almost 50 days to go and over 88 offices, Democrats are committed to building the strongest, largest ground game this state has ever seen — and delivering Florida’s prized 29 electoral votes for President Obama.”