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BLITZER'S BLOG: Florida, Florida, Florida
June 15th, 2011
02:44 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Florida, Florida, Florida

All of us remember Election 2000 when we heard the mantra “Florida, Florida, Florida.” In the end, it all boiled down to Florida.

George W. Bush won the state by 537 votes. The count was disputed, but the U.S. Supreme Court ratified the election.

In recent days, Republican strategists have been offering me a 2012 version of Florida, Florida, Florida. They are already looking way down the road to a close election next year, and they are underlining the importance of that state and its 29 electoral votes.

Item: Some Republicans have already suggested that Florida’s 40-year-old and very popular new senator, Marco Rubio, would make a terrific vice-presidential running mate. He’s smart, handsome and Hispanic. He could certainly help carry the state.

Item: Following the recent tension between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Republican strategist Mike Murphy quickly predicted the Republican candidate had just picked up 75,000 votes in Florida. What jumped out at me wasn’t whether Murphy was right or wrong in his prediction, but that the first thing that jumped out at him was the potential impact on the large Jewish vote in that state.

By the way, Democratic strategists are also understandably very sensitive to Florida. That may explain why the President asked Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to serve as Democratic party chair. She’s popular in his South Florida district, and Jewish.

Bottom line in all of this: Get ready Floridians – the presidential candidates and their surrogates will be showing you lots of love.

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  1. Julie Robson

    Your "expert" obviously does not travel internationally, as my family and I have done for 30 years. You CANNOT have a copy of your passport left at the hotel you are staying. It MUST be the original. Some countries require that at the hotel you surrender your passport, and it is returned upon your departure. Some do not, as in the UK. I agree, about "looking American," but as soon as an American opens his/her mouth, it's obvious. What I have seen abroad is the American superior arrogance-they can afford to be there, so do what I say. One of the worst experiences of this was in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, when an American shouted at the poor Scottish girl at the gift shop that American dollars were "perfectly legal"! We have witnessed other such encounters in Crete, Spain, and the Middle East before the Gulf War, and have seen Americans shouting for attention at restaurants and shops when the clerks were waiting on other customers. By the way, I am an American married to a Brit.

    September 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  2. Andi

    Democrats and Republicans alike are out for the "PRESTIEGE" of being President of the United States. Since most candidates do the bidding of whoever is financially backing them, is this really a country of the people, by the people and for the people? You can not tell me that this present crop of wannabe's on the right seriously think that the voting public takes them seriously and really thinks they care about the people? Come on. And as for President Obama, and I love him, don't get me wrong, only come a courtin when it's campaign time? All of them make me sick. I wish someone who truly cared about the country as a whole, and not for the power and recognition that this position brings, would run for President. I wish Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell would run. Now THAT would be awesome!

    June 16, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  3. jswang

    With Ricky boy running the show in Florida I seriously doubt the Republicans will take Florida in the next election. The only way they will is if people vote solely on race....that's the only way. Rick Scott has soured a lot of Floridians and they definitely won't vote for a Republican candidate. Repubs are truly showing their colors and I hope we Americans aren't stupid enought of fall for what the repackage and sell every time.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • talanhugh

      Early electoral maps are looking are looking good for GOP (and Florida is close to a given). Obviously a great deal can change in a year, but so far, so good.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    The democrats and the boot lickers still can't get over the fact that Bush beat Al Gore. Having that head case from Florida as the new DNC bubba won't make a hill of beans difference when Barry loses in 2012 in a land slide. We had your media made elected candidate for 2 ½ years now and he’s pretty much clueless to the everyday challenges of working a full time job.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:48 am |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    Hi Wolf, stop talking about republican VP's as they are not elected but chosen by the party and would depend heavily on a) A republican winning in 2012, by no means certain!
    b) The guy who is actually nominated to run against Obama wanting Rubio as VP as well.
    In Florida I think the Republicans need to be alot more concerned or figuring out how all the retirees down there will vote based on the Medicare, medicaid budget proposals of Ryan and the Republican party. The Hispanics in a federal vote are different to local votes and Republicans ideas at the fed level do not go down well with hispanics.
    Might I ask if you are running a political news program under the banner "Situation Room" or a discussion of the latest gossip in Republican political circles, with often no comment on the subjects you discuss (which are often speculative to say the least) by Democrats or Independents.
    Just a thought, otherwise this is just meaningless gossip.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    June 16, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  6. Bob in Pa

    Wolfe buddy, why don't we take a shorter view of the future and worry about what the guy in the White House is up to currently. You've been in war zones, is it right what he is doing in Libya ? To the Libyian people ? Has he abused his power ? What else has he done outside the law ? What else will he attempt to do outside the law ? Is it time to explore impeachment ?

    June 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Thanks Floridians!

    I appreciate the comments from people who actually live in Florida vs. what the media drones about your state – I didn't know Rick Scott was that unpopular, wow. Unfortunately the voter fraud allegation against Romney doesn't sound like much – a lot less of a fraud than Cheney claiming he lived in Wyoming when he actually lived in Texas. These kazillionaires with multiple houses can get away with a lot that we common folk can't, but as long as they're GOPs it's all OK apparently.

    June 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  8. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The 2000 election was a debacle I never thought I would see in my lifetime. An American presidential election stolen by a well aligned political party. From a Florida republican election head, to a Florida republican governor, all the way to a republican dominated U.S. Supreme Court, this election was stolen from the American people and we are still paying for it. I can never vote for this party's candidate again, until they wrestle control away from the neo-con fanatics that have conquered the party and move back toward the moderate center where the majority of Americans reside.

    June 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  9. North Palm Joe

    Wrong, Wolf. You said, "George Bush won the state by 537 votes. The count was disputed but the U.S. Supreme Court ratified the election." No - the Supreme Court stopped the counting of the votes when W. was ahead by 537 votes. There were many votes still to count. Coup d'etat. (Luckily, no harm done ... )

    June 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  10. Richard Parrilla

    Republicans are better off shooting for the Midwest rather than Florida. With all the diversity going south, the GOP's better off trying to take Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. They should be worried about holding on to Georgia though. With Gary Johnson and Ron Paul on the ticket however arranged, it's bye bye NH, CO, FL, VA, IA, IN, PA, NH, MN, NC, NM, and OH. Otherwise, Obama pulls it out. Johnson and Paul are the only two chances of me ever voting Republican despite the many ways Obama has upset me.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  11. w l jones

    The 2ooo election in Florida were as slick as a peel onion with double voting parties one cancle out the other.Said enough.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  12. missbabysister4

    Would like to see more report on wildfires in Southeast Georgia and North Florida that has been burning for almost two months now. Think news down here is as important as Arizona fires.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  13. Maryann - Orlando FL

    Great. All that comes to mind is the bit they did on the Daily Show, which was like a horror show of election season.

    It is really tough being a liberal in a red state.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • zbzb

      Likewise. Only I know the stares I get when I say I am a liberal. Its terrifying. I am surrounded by tea party fanatics.

      June 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Hispanics aren't stupid enough to just vote for Rubio because he's Cuban, they also know that he's Bush et al, Cheney et al, Karl Rove et al and the Koch Brothers boy which means by any means necessary Rubio wants Hispanics out of this country just like the Republicans do.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  15. Beverly NC

    DON'T GET FIRED UP OVER ROMNEY YET. HE HAS A BIG SCANDAL COMING. HE COMMITTED VOTER FRAUD IN MA. HE CLAIMED HIS SON'S ADDRESS AS HIS RESIDENCE, CLAIMED TO BE LIVING IN HIS SON'S BASEMENT AND VOTED IN 2 ELECTIONS AS AN ACTUAL NON-RESIDENT.. ROMNEY'S WIFE ADMITTED THEY ACTUALLY LIVE IN CALIFORNIA ( IN THER 12M BEACHFRONT HOME AND THEY ONCE CLAIMED RESIDENCY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO STATE INCOME TAX. MIITT HAS A 4M "CABIN" THERE. SO WHERE DO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY REALLY LIVE MIIT???

    IMITT CANNOT KEEP HIS POSITIONS ON THE ISSUES STRAIGHT AND NOW HE CAN'T DECIDE WHERE HE REALLY LIVES.
    THIS IS NOT A LEADER OR A MAN THAT CAN BE TRUSTED. GOODBYE MITT – WE EXPECT LEADERS WITH CHARACTER, INTEGRITY. AND HONOR. NO REPUBLICAN HAS THOSE QUALITIES.

    GO PRESIDENT OBAMA – THE ONLY GOOD AND DECENT LEADER WITH REAL FAMILY VALUES.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  16. Popso

    Florida is ROMNEY COUNTRY! Go get 'er done, Mitt!!! He's the only one who is principled and honest enough to run our government. I am hoping for Romney/Bachmann ticket! They would crush Obama here in Florida!

    June 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • MiddleFinger

      Crush him eh? Don't you have enough problems in Florida with the idiot Republican governor of ours? LMAO.

      :You right-wing idiots are all the same.

      June 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Bill in Florida

      Bachman? As in Michelle Bachman? That woman is as toxic as Sarah Palin. If the GOP puts her on the ticket, they'll see a repeat of 2008.

      June 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  17. Tall Ed

    You are forgetting that Rick Scott is the most unpopular Governor in the US.

    June 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Ricky

      I live in Florida, Scott has a 29% approval rating and falling. Worst Governor we've ever had !!!!!! Other states put criminals in jails & prisons, we put one in the Governors Mansion.

      June 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
      • unowhoitsme

        Agreed!

        June 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
      • Tall Ed

        Amen!

        June 16, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  18. logicinLA

    What happened to competency, competency, competency? Whether you are black , Hispanic or gay should not affect your vote- all that should matter is who is best for the job, regardless of their marital status or ethnicity.
    Wake up America- you are frittering away our country on trivial issues.

    June 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  19. terri

    Florida,Florida? Who cares? You better care,they elected a govenor,that "Swindled" Medicare for "Billions" He was just lining his pockets, with Taxpayer dollars???? You have to be the Dumbest State in the country to do that??? Then he,s Ready to take your Medicare away,because he was "Busted by the Federal Government,and fined 1.8 Billion for Defrauding Medicare!!!!! Florida,it,s so hot down there, Their Brains Are Boiled!!!! Good Lord!!!!!

    June 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • florida's finest

      Our brains are boiled? After reading your post, I'm wondering about your brain. Nice punctuation, and I'm a huge fan of the overuse of question marks and exclamation points. If one won't do, how about eight? Before you talk about stupid, boiled brains, learn how to write.

      June 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  20. Damn Repulicans

    So looks like the r planning on using marco Rubio TO GET THE LATINO votes,Hahaahaha,i hope latinos are much wiser than what the gop think of them.

    Not too long ago the gop voted NO to the dream act because the Teaparty told them too..duh and now they want their vote

    June 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Bill in Florida

      Exactly. And let's not forget that Rubio won in a three-way contest with only 49% of the vote. In other words, most Florida voters wanted Rubio to lose. Not a good choice for VP.

      June 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm |

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