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Monday, June 16, 2008

Obama: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Florida

The Obama campaign says they don't need Florida or Ohio to win the election this year. They're right. As this blog has previously noted, they can win two or three other key battleground states like Iowa that went for Bush last time and still get the nomination. From CNN:
Barack Obama's campaign envisions a path to the presidency that could include Virginia, Georgia and several Rocky Mountain states, but not necessarily the pair of battlegrounds that decided the last two elections — Florida and Ohio.

In a private pitch late last week to donors and former supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe outlined several alternatives to reaching the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House that runs counter to the conventional wisdom of recent elections.

At a fundraiser held at a Washington brewery Friday, Plouffe told a largely young crowd that the electoral map would be fundamentally different from the one in 2004. Wins in Ohio and Florida would guarantee Obama the presidency if he holds onto the states won by Democrat John Kerry, Plouffe said, but those two battlegrounds aren't required for victory.
I don't know if they really want to be out there saying that, however. You don't want to automatically lose those states by saying, "Hey, we don't need you guys so nanananana." I know they're not saying that, but that's how it will get played by the McCain campaign. "Barack Obama says you're not important to him. Well, the voters in Florida matter to me!" If McCain could get his lines right, that's what he'd say.

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