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February 23, 2014

Miami is First Lady central: Michelle Obama speaks Tuesday, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday

@MarcACaputo

Winter grips the rest of the country. So the politicians are coming to Miami.

Vice president Joe Biden fundraised here on Feb. 12; First Lady Michelle Obama visits Miami on Tuesday for her "Let's Move" wellness initiative. And now former First Lady/Senator/Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak at the University of Miami on Wednesday.

For some reason, these folks don't come down in August.

Here's Obama's advisory:

Miami, FL * 4:30 PM ET– Following the Let’s Move! School Wellness Event, the First Lady will travel to Miami, Florida.  While in Miami, she will visit a local parks and recreation center to make a major announcement about healthy out-of-school time.

This event is open press. Members of the media who wish to cover the event must RSVP with "OUT OF SCHOOL TIME" in the subject line to firstladypress@who.eop.gov by 12 PM, Monday, February 24th. Those who do not have a White House Hard Pass must also include: Full Legal Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, US Citizenship Status, Country of Origin, and Current City/State.

Following her event in Miami, the First Lady will join Mario Lopez for an interview for Extra.  This interview will air the following day.  Later that afternoon, the First Lady will join Satcha Pretto for an interview with ¡Despierta América!.  This interview will air the following day. 

Charlie Crist's charm offensive v. Rick Scott's mega-millions

@MarcACaputo

The Charlie Crist charm offensive vexes Gov. Rick Scott.

Month after month, poll after poll has shown Florida voters generally favor Crist and don’t really like Scott. The governor currently trails the Democrat by about 5 or so percentage points.

To change that, Scott wants to spend upward of $100 million, much of it on an ad campaign to persuade voters that they’re wrong on two counts: about him and about his rival.

That’s a tough sell.

Right now, to the degree Crist and Scott resemble ad products, the former governor is a more-trusted political brand than the current one. Though financially outgunned, Crist does a better job promoting himself, seeking out the news. Scott runs the other way.

Just look at Crist’s schedule the past three weeks as he promoted his new book, The Party’s Over: Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, FOX’s O’Reilly Factor and HBOs Real Time with Bill Maher.

On Tuesday, it was real time with Esteban Wood.

Column here