RNC chief: Sunshine State ‘granddaddy’ of all
TAMPA — Florida is the biggest prize in the 2012 election, so it’s no coincidence that the GOP nominating convention will be in Tampa, Sen. Marco Rubio is being discussed as a possible vice-presidential pick, and there are Floridians in leadership roles at both national parties.
His counterpart at the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat, says the GOP will be hurt in Florida because of proposals to change Medicare and Social Security.
IOWA STRAW POLL
Campaign spokesman Alex Conant said Thursday that Mr. Pawlenty’s sustained TV ad presence ends Wednesday, three days before the Iowa Republican Party straw poll in Ames, the first time voters express their preferences. The campaign long ago locked in commercial time slots through next Friday, but decided to scale back.
One GOP rival, fellow Minnesotan Rep. Michele Bachmann, plans to keep her ads up throughout next week, spokeswoman Alice Stewart said. The third candidate with a commercial presence is Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. An official with his campaign said ad plans are still being finalized.
Mr. Conant denied his candidate’s move signaled a campaign on the financial brink. Mr. Pawlenty started July with $1.4 million for his primary campaign, according to his Federal Election Commission report. Instead, Mr. Conant described it as a previously planned shift to make sure Republican voters committed to the former Minnesota governor actually show up.
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