Two bigtime Hillary Clinton supporters who now back Barack Obama say he's got ground to make up in their renegade states -- which didn't get a chance to kick the tires on the Democratic presidential nominee during the primaries.
Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Broward Democrat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, say their voters don't yet know Obama -- though he's spending millions in the states.
"We didn't have the campaigning in Michigan that other states had," Stabenow said. "Barack very quickly came to Michigan and has come a number of times. But I feel like we still have a building process to do in Michigan because we didn't have that robust primary campaign with everyone there. But it will happen. They are laser-focused. He has come numerous times...I"m not worried about getting there, but at the moment..."
Wasserman Schultz noted Clinton remains popular in Florida -- "we had to turn away 1,000 people" at a recent Clinton event, she said -- and that her presence in the state will help Obama. And Wasserman Schultz noted veep pick Joe Biden is "incredibly popular" in Florida. "He's a fixture on our campaign circuit," she said.
Still, she said, the "deficit" from the primary snub is "that (Obama) needs to spend time in both of our states...He's got some makeup work to do to get to know our voters and for our voters, who just don't know enough about him and his policies and his vision for the country."