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5 Things the Next President Should Fix

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama should chart a course that focuses on five 'Florida-style' economic problems, a local political columnist urges. Do you agree?

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.”

BoozN November 01, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Obviously Ann Coulter, you subscribe to Rush...What a shame.
Lynda November 01, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Colter95, you have a poor understanding of the tool 'sequestration'. Congress could not find a way to do its job. In its wisdom, Congress chose to threaten itself with financial disaster so that it would have to do its job. After the election, Congress will find a way to prevent this disaster from occurring. President Obama told the absolute truth to the Des Moines Register that sequestration will not be implemented. Love the term "underworked" to apply to those who must have 2 or 3 jobs to make enough money to pay their bills. I think you meant to say "under-employed" which simply means people take lower level jobs than their qualifications support. In the early 1970's like most college graduates, I was under-employed; we survived, even thrived, as the economy improved. So will this generation. And I hope each of them will have a better understanding of how hard the jobs are that some people do their entire working lives.
Watts November 01, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Maybe in your alternative reality this is how things are, but 3 years ago, I personally knew 10 people in my friends and families who were out of work and each struggled to varying extents to finally get jobs, but right now I only know one person out of work and his is a unique situation where he has a new baby and is a stay at home dad, because he would require a far more significant salary to make it worth his while to work and then hire somebody to take care of his kids.
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 09:56 PM
@BoozN - I definitely subscribe to listening to some Rush, the Canadian power trio, on a daily basis, but stay away from "Boozn" on the Kool Aid that you've been drinking... It clearly kills brain cells...
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I saw Obama yesterday claiming the new job numbers are proof that his policies are working and that we are in an economic recovery... Fact is, that is not the truth, or even close to the truth... First, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% and the year-to-date monthly average of 157,000 payroll jobs is barely enough to keep up with population growth -- much less make up for the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Second, the so-called real unemployment rate (U6) remains elevated at 14.6%, albeit down from 14.7% the prior month. Similarly, the labor participation rate is at 63.8%, up from its multi-decade low but still incredibly weak. Third, average hourly earnings fell a penny in October and average hours worked fell to 34.4 from 34.5 in September. Stagnant wages means "we're not generating income," Reinhart says. "That's a problem in terms of the durability of an economic expansion, which is usually fueled by consumption. To get consumption you've got to generate income." Also, just look at your checkbook. We are paying a lot more for everything now than we did in 2008. The price of gas has doubled. At the same time, wages have gone down, and that's if you're lucky to have a job. In 2008, 25 banks went out of business. In 2012, 48 banks have gone out of business. Almost double the amount. Does that sound like recovery to you? Don't believe the Obama lies!! Romney/Ryan 2012

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