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Sunshine state politics downgrade this really is kind of a big day in Florida and it is around the country too because.
The last few states -- primaries are beginning to wrap up.
Which means that the transition from primary politics where you've got Democrats arguing among Democrats Republicans arguing among Republicans and conservative candidates -- -- the right -- -- -- electable party that's basically over now and we get into the general election campaign where both sides sort of start courting moderate voters and swing independents in the middle and so.
On the calendar this is an important kind of a transition from the rhetoric in the politics that we've been talking about during the course of the year.
In -- is particularly significant -- it means the last eight months these people been beaten up that Jesus out of each other on the airwaves but Florida is a media market.
Very very important TV state run campaigns in.
You've got South Florida will all of its various metropolitan areas a lot of TV stations that he got the -- -- quarter across the state -- in the Atlantic of the gulf.
And over the panhandle.
Very expensive and you've gotten.
Hugely significant races at stake -- millionaire self funders of one -- cases of billionaire.
Pouring money in raising the stakes by the hundreds of thousands literally by the minute.
In the senate.
It's Jeff Green.
A guy who was once you get a proud of headlines that called -- a meltdown mogul -- as a business investor he was one of the very first people in the country.
To actually be allowed to invest in credit default swaps and derivatives that if -- was the first individual.
Not a banker investment company.
To be allowed to bet against mortgages and he did that a billion bucks and now -- part of that run for senate.
He's still against -- -- A sitting congressman.
Who wants to be senator as well and it's been a fairly boring race except for all the blood that they've -- -- one another with.
Not a lot of issues it's all about jobs but neither one of these guys are particularly inspiring with a political rhetoric is just amazing to watch them beat them.
Beat him up beat one another up.
And all the money's been spent on the senate side -- the governor's race.
Here's -- the governor's race of Florida matters Rick.
Recount chads dangling hanging partially punched all at this is Florida.
In there in the North Miami -- place right now they've got a choice for the handful of voters who sprinkled in since we've been here the last couple of hours.
You can do the touch screen ballots.
Or you can do hand ballots.
Specifically because of how messed up elections have been in Florida in the past and in the governor's races.
It has more than just running the state of Florida involved it has potentially running the political apparatus for the next presidential election.
Anybody who wants to talk about Barack Obama's reelection -- -- well.
Anybody want to talk about Republicans running against him and -- -- twelve wants to know the governor of Florida is going to be.
It helped George W.
Bush that Jeb Bush was the governor here it has made a profound difference in every presidential race going back decades and right now -- an open -- If it goes to the Republicans.
Easier for Republicans to beat Barack Obama the year if it goes to Democrats.
Dramatically easier for the first time in more than 1520 years a Democrat would be able to help but Democrat win the presidency using Florida.
Very very big deal -- not something that Democrats have -- for a long time Obama's gonna spare no expense.
And that's just why it matters outside the immediate economy and economic facts -- That sort of perplexing.
-- -- right now who's the up front runner for that for the governorship Karl.
I'm sorry that the governor yet front runner for governor -- it.
You've got Bill McCollum and Rick Scott running the attorney general Bill McCollum was a twenty year veteran of congress he left congress and ran for senate got beat twice.
Then became the attorney general.
He's running against Rick Scott.
Rick Scott as a self funding millionaire who's lived in Florida just one month longer than the statutory minimum required to run for office.
He got in the race this last year did this to January of this year.
Recognizing that Bill McCollum would be highly vulnerable look column acknowledges he did not see this guy -- and I didn't respond to his attacks soon enough.
The polls are within the margin of error McCollum is the establishment candidate backed up by the former governor Jeb Bush backed up by Republicans in Washington.
-- -- Rick Scott cast himself as an outsider and insurgent who can bring in jobs with.
Private sector experience not beholden to Washington as he accuses -- -- of being here but there's a hook with Scott.
Just as Jeff Green in the senate billionaire who made money on the meltdown mortgage industry that hurts in Florida -- a lot of houses under water here.
Rick Scott was a health insurance health care industry executive.
He was the CEO of a company called HCA Colombia which is actually the biggest hospital chain in the whole world.
And when he was the CEO of it.
It settled the biggest Medicare fraud case in the nation's history so.
Look holidays that I see he's thirty he's to blame for that -- denies any wrongdoing in this particular case but you've got bill -- -- -- -- vs Rick.
Battling it out to go up against Alex now Alex is a woman that chief financial officer of Florida the Democrat is uncontested.
And Alex Sink is waiting the winner.
Rick Scott or Bill McCollum.
And if it's Rick Scott she thinks he's got a real chance to win this seat because of how potentially damage he could be by his history in the health care industry.
When President Obama just -- -- care reform.
And -- Charlie Crist is also it's still and playing here for the senate correct that we need be leaving the governor here -- -- -- But Ali Chris -- -- called chain gang Charlie when he all the stuff look tough on crime attorney general in the state.
He actually bailed on the Republican Party months ago to -- you know gallons -- don't -- Charlie Crist was a Republican so I started out this year as governor of Florida he -- in January February.
In order to avoid a Republican primary fight against Marco Rubio.
Now Marco Rubio is a -- former speaker of the Florida legislature who has just lit up Republican politics initially.
Have a little bit -- the Tea Party movement.
-- high and outside Republican insurgent status chased Charlie Crist out of the race now rubio has begin begun casting himself.
As a bona fide full blown Republican establishment backed conservative.
Which is to say he's had -- like Rudy Giuliani and he said former Republican leaders from all over the country come campaign for him and he's put some of that Tea Party rhetoric sort of -- to the side.
Recognizing that his battle against Crist and whoever the Democrat is.
It's one that's going to be as all general elections are.
More towards the middle.
Then towards the conservative right of the liberal -- -- couple quick final questions one is you mentioned sprinkling of voters did what what's the turnout with -- expected to be today.
At eight million registered voters in Florida roughly.
State officials -- estimated you'll get about one out of five -- 1000000005 voters here.
-- that the reason that's significant is because the higher the turnout.
The better it is for these outsiders the batteries for Jeff Green the better it is for Rick Scott.
The lower the turnout the better it is for candidates and politicians about some established apparatus and political organization in the state.
It's looking like it'll probably be on the low side of -- 1000005 we we heard yesterday from some of Rick -- people who were hoping and predicting that it could be as much as a million separate.
Which could be bad news for the establishment candidates but again this is just the primary process the real bloodbath against the Marlins is Florida -- there's -- Carl real quick -- I know you're you're read up on all this stuff -- I heard about the House Minority Leader John Mayer's remarks this morning.
He's calling on the Obama administration to extend bush era tax cuts -- federal spending.
And fire top economic officials including Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.
Heavily political speech is there anything to this.
Sure well yeah I mean for the leader of the Republican minority in the house to start calling for guidance resignation and to say that there needs to have for heads to roll -- needs to be purges.
That is an increase in an escalation of the rhetoric and it does come in the context of the campaign.
But it's significant because he has a dual role he is the Republican withdraw.
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