Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Obama Found in Florida

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And, boy, is Clinton pissed!

Hillary Clinton campaign advisors are accusing Barack Obama's campaign of violating a Democratic National Committee pledge not to advertise in early primary states such as Florida who moved up their primary dates without the party's permission.

Last night, I posted on the appearance of an Obama ad on CNN immediately after the debate. Discussion ensued as to how it got on the air down here. After all, the Democratic Candidates have vowed not to campaign in Florida thanks to the draconian order of Howard Dean to punish us because Republicans moved up our primary.

Apparently, it was a national ad buy and the ad is really running. I've seen it more than 10 times between CNN and MSNBC and I'm not watching all that much. I think it's the beginning of the end for the candidate blackout even though we have just a week to go.
The Clinton campaign says they "aren't ruling anything out," in terms of whether or not to abandon the pledge to compete in Florida.
This is good! Voters have been inundated with Rudy and Romney ads for weeks. If either of them wins the nomination - okay, if Romney wins - he'll have an incredible brand recognition that Edwards and Obama won't have. Only Clinton has that kind of recognition in Florida with ALL voters.

If this opens the floodgates, just maybe our Democratic candidates can make an impact that might turn Florida to a nice shade of purple on its way to a deep blue.