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Ad spending in Florida: millions by Barack Obama, zilch by John McCain

Deep in a Washington Post story over the weekend on the presidential campaign in Florida was this intriguing detail: Barack Obama has spent more than $5 million on television ads in the state since early June, compared with exactly zero spending on such spots by John McCain.

Drawing on data compiled by the Wisconsin Advertising Project at the University of Wisconsin, the story goes on to note:

"Equally striking is where Obama spent the money. He aired more ads in Pensacola -- the conservative Panhandle city where Navy pilots, including McCain, are trained -- than in Miami. Democrats in 2000 and 2004 ceded the Panhandle to Republicans, not airing any ads there, said the advertising project's director, Ken Goldstein.

"'I never understood that,' Goldstein said. 'Those are areas that are going to go Republican, but it's not like the electoral college. Every African American voter you bring out in the Panhandle offsets a Cuban voter in Miami' likely to vote Republican."

Obama, of course, had to play catch up in Florida once he clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. He refrained from actively campaigning in the state before its January primary because the contest's scheduling violated national party rules.

And, as a New York Times story in May detailed, many Jewish voters -- traditionally Democratic -- had deep-seated doubts about him, especially his commitment to Israel.

As part of the Obama effort to compete in Florida, it is one of several states targeted by his campaign for an aggressive ground game; so far, about 200 paid operatives have been dispatched to the state.

McCain has a variety of built-in advantages in the fight for the state's 27 electoral votes, one reason his aides don't seem overly concerned about having ceded the airwaves up to now to Obama or polling that has shown Florida up for grabs.

After a difference of 537 votes -- out of almost 6 million cast -- put Florida in George W. Bush's column in the 2000 election and gave him the presidency, the state trended Republican over the next few years. Helped by Jeb Bush's popular tenure as governor, his brother carried Florida by a solid 5 percentage points in his 2004 reelection bid.

But as the Post story spells out, there's a new dynamic at play in the Sunshine State -- a cratering economy.

-- Don Frederick

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Obama thought that his 50 states strategy was going to make McCain lose his cool and start spending for no reason, but it seems that the only person losing his cool is Obama.

I have no doubt that McCain will spend and spend big in FL, but he is having a little fun watching Obama spend million there now.

Barack Obama is thinking if money can buy the presidency, he will buy it.

McCain is getting dirty, he is using political warfare to make up the difference in the cash flow. I saw Obama to day in Michigan. I really Liked his speech. I thought that Obama was thinking about about adopting the tboonpickens plan? He should, so should McCain. I read the article about Obama and the boone pickens plan at?? I cant figure out which one of these two Im voting for., Im hoping a third party candidate will surge so I can get behind another candidate other then these two. I would of Voted for Huckabee, Clinton, or Ron Paul. Geesh.
I think Paul is thinking about running on the LP ticket. , I just cant bring my self to vote for McCain. He seems like his age might be wearing on him a bit. The last thing we want is for McCain to end up a puppet., like hes already showing signs of. Did you see where that reporter stumped him and he just sat there not saying a word for like 2 minutes??? Unreal. Or the clip of him cussing, man what a potty mouth. LOL I think the video was at This election season is just one big dissapointment after another. The only that makes it worth watching is the candidates gaffs and antics.

The thing about Florida is that they are age conscious

Many are retirees like myself and know damned well at age 72, things begin slipping

McCain gets a 100% disability check from the US government

Let him Go down t o Florida and use it wisely

Florida has got to be crazy if Jeb Bush is a popular Governor!
McCain needs to get Jeb as the VP that would be some ticket with Rove as Secretary of State.
We could go back to the color status, I want to know if it is a red alert or are we on yellow.
My favorite color is lavender and they never had that color.

Senator McCain may not be spending on ads in Florida because he knows something some of us don't.
"McCain has a variety of built-in advantages" has to be the understatement of the year. Our dear Governor Crist has practically held Mccain's hand during his visit this past weekend. Maybe, the fix is in - again. I remember the 2000 Presidential election very well.

To make every vote in every state politically relevant and equal in presidential elections, support the National Popular Vote bill.

The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC). The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes—that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538). When the bill comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

The National Popular Vote bill has been approved by 21 legislative chambers (one house in Colorado, Arkansas, Maine, North Carolina, and Washington, and two houses in Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont). It has been enacted into law in Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland. These states have 50 (19%) of the 270 electoral votes needed to bring this legislation into effect.


Mr. Obama's lack of good judgement and character is stunning.
He spent 20 years hanging around racists and anti-semites(not 20 seconds-20 years!)
It took him that long to do the right thing?
He became good a friend and hung around a known
radical terrorist William Ayres who bombed the Pentagon and the US Capitol and who does not even now, over 30 years later, regret doing so.

His Pro-Life (National Right to Life) rating=
2005 0%,
2006 0%,
2007 0%
His Pro-Abortion (NARAL) rating=
2005 100%,
2006 100%,
2007 100%

What does one innocent human life mean to God( not man, but God)?

Padre Pio, was a very holy man and a great mystic. Every time I think I’ve read about every book I written on the man come across another one. In this particular book on him which I read recently, there was a person who told a story about going to him for confession. He told about Padre Pio becoming very angry at him for voting for a socialist. Later he went back to him for confession and told him that this time he did not vote for the socialist but he couldn't bring himself to vote for other candidate either, Again Padre Pio became very angry at him
and would not grant him absolution(forgiveness of sin) From this we have to conclude
that Padre Pio considered it a sin for someone to vote for a socialist and also to opt for not voting
at all either. Another story I read about him in another book was when he went up
to a person he didn't know and had never met and confronted him about being
a communist. In other words, to Padre Pio, a person’s salvation was not exclusionary from
one’s political considerations and what political party you belonged to or voted for (if the moral positions of such contradicted Christian teaching) could put your soul in jeopardy. And what about being an accessory to another’s sin? If a politician has made clear his pro-abortion position and I vote for him and once he gets into office he carries through with his philosophy am I not guilty of aiding and abetting?

(The name of the book from which I got the Padre Pio story was "Stories of Padre Pio" by Katharina Tangari published by TAN books,Rockford Illinois translated from the Italian "Il Messaggio di Padre Pio". Madame Tagari knw Padre Pio for many, many years and was a "spiritual daughter" of him

Two newspapers, Hyde Park Herald and the Chicago Defender give us an insight into who Obama
is. In the years 1995 to 2004,they depict a politician who is profoundly race-conscious, exceedingly liberal, free-spending even in the face of looming state budget deficits, and partisan.

Read "Barack Obama's Lost Years"

Anti-semitism on his blog:



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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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