There's been some low-key agonizing in Democratic circles over whether a visit from President Barack Obama to campaign for Charlie Crist would be a help or a hindrance. On one hand, Crist's Democrat bonafides are still questioned by some tried-and-true Democratic voters who still remain loyal to Obama. On the other, Obama's popularity is lagging in the state and it may be best to not tie the race to national politics.
Though, Vice President Joe Biden is in South Florida campaigning for Crist today, and Gov. Rick Scott took the opportunity to basically dare Obama himself to come to the state.
"Our state is turning around because we have done the exact opposite of Washington," said Scott in a statement. "We threw out the Crist-Obama playbook of higher taxes, more debt and more spending. We made government get out of the way of Florida job creators by undoing Charlie Crist's tax increases and 15 percent year-after-year tuition hikes on college students. The results of our pro-growth policies are clear - businesses have created more than 640,000 new jobs. And even though we have more work to do to get every Florida family working again, I hope President Obama can make a trip to the Sunshine State soon to see the results of our pro-growth policies - even if he is not invited on the campaign trail with Charlie Crist."
It's a savvy move for Scott, both reminding those who dislike the president that Crist remains a fan, and casting doubt in the mind of those who like Obama as to whether or not he really supports Crist's bid for governor.
Of course, if Obama did pay a visit and stumped with Crist, Scott's campaign would undoubtedly use the footage in attack ads.
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Scott, however, didn't make mention of Biden's visit to Florida today.
The vice president will appear at the Temple Beth Shalom in Century Village near Boca Raton today at 2:15 before heading to Broward College in Coconut Creek at 4:15 p.m. Both events are open to the public but tickets were distributed last week. Biden will then headline a Crist fundraiser at the Broward home of Mike Moskowitz.
The Second Lady Jill Biden is also in Florida today with a separate itinerary. She's hitting up Tampa, a phone bank at the Florida Atlantic University student center in Boca Raton, and an American Legion post in Miami.