The race for president may be close in Florida but President Barack Obama will "not cede any ground to Republicans," said DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Wednesday in a conference call with reporters.
That may explain why Obama's two-day trip to Florida Thursday and Friday will include trips to Jacksonville, where he lost narrowly in 2008 and to Lee and Collier counties, where he lost badly before winning the state with a 2.5 percentage point margin.
Wasserman Schultz, a Democratic congresswoman from Weston, noted that the president announced the Recovery Act legislation in Fort Myers and "planted the flag in the South" by setting the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. (History buffs will note, however, that the president also planted a hug on former Gov. Charlie Crist during that same Fort Myers visit, helping usher in Marco Rubio into the U.S. Senate.)
The president will also visit Century Village of West Palm Beach, the senior citizen retirement haven that remains a reliable but shrinking stronghold of Democratic senior citizens.