The way former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink sees it, it’s “all about the ground game now” in the race for the next president.
“I’m confident that the Obama team has the organization in place to carry the State of Florida because Florida is still hanging in the balance and we still believe … this is where the action is,” she said in a press conference that countered Gov. Mitt Romney’s rally Saturday.
Sink was flanked by local educators who support President Barack Obama. They say Obama has a plan to retrain more than 2 million workers through the creation of partnerships with community colleges and high schools.
“Here we are on the grounds of a public school, and we have seen so many policies coming out of the Romney/Ryan budget that do not support public schools,” Sink said. “We are here to stand up for public school teachers, but most importantly for our kids because they deserve a better future.”
Sink, who was also pushing early voting, said Romney will do little to help the middle class, which is having an increasingly difficult time paying for college, reports show.
“President Obama has plans to continue this race to the top we have in Florida so our kids are better prepared for the jobs of the 21st century,” she said.
Sink only spoke briefly about the controversy surrounding the district allowing Romney to speak at a public school. When running for governor, Sink had been denied a request to film a commercial on a Pasco County school campus.
“Here’s a simple answer to that: The school board and superintendent should have a written policy about the use of public facilities by candidates, and whatever the rules are that they establish, should be consistently applied whether the candidate is a Democrat or Republican,” she said when asked by a reporter. “That makes it easy so there is no controversy.”