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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Suddenly, Romney seems worried about Florida

Image from Romney attack ad


A television ad from Mitt Romney’s campaign airing in Miami pegs President Barack Obama to Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, notorious dictators widely reviled among Cuban Americans.

The ad spotlights endorsements from Chavez and Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela, who both said they would vote for Obama if they could. According to ad-tracker CMAG, the spot aired Tuesday.

“Who supports Barack Obama?” a narrator asks in Spanish before clips of the two endorsements run.

When it comes to the embarrassing endorsement game, Mitt’s clearly the winner by a country mile — by virtue of actively seeking the endorsement of a white supremacist. Romney’s accusing Obama of guilt by association, for getting “endorsements” he never sought. Meanwhile, Mitt’s trying to get known racists to back him. This isn’t a contest that Romney should be eager to have.

But what does this say about Romney’s confidence in Florida. At a time when he’s supposedly “expanding the map” by running token ads in states he can’t possibly win, here he is shoring up what — until recently — looked like a fairly safe bet for him. That doesn’t signal good news for Romney. Ohio is the clincher right now, but it only has 18 electoral college votes. Florida has 29. Without Florida, it’s game over for Romney.

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