Wasserman Schultz: Florida still there for Obama’s takingby Andrew Abramson | October 22nd, 2012
By ANDREW ABRAMSON and DARA KAM
BOCA RATON — With many polls and pundits now predicting a Mitt Romney win in Florida, Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said there are no plans to pull any resources away from the nation’s largest swing state.
“We’re not paying attention to that,” said Wasserman Schultz of speculation that Obama could move Florida resources elsewhere. “We have a real opportunity and I think we will win Florida because we have a ground game second to none. We’ve already closed the Republican absentee request advantage by 85 percent from 2008. We’ll lap them in early voting.”
Wasserman Schultz, speaking in the pre-debate spin room at Lynn University, said that of 33 million votes cast in Florida in the last five presidential elections, only 60,000 votes separate the Democratic and Republican candidates.
“I’m confident whether it’s seniors, women, Hispanics, we have an advantage demographically,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Mitt Romney is so extreme on issues that matter to those groups.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, however, believes Romney has all the momentum.
“He’s got momentum at the time you’d love to have to it,” Graham said. “The first debate was a game changer. Tonight, if he does well — which I hope he does — that could be the knockout punch.”