By most measures, Hillary Clinton seems to be locking up Florida. General polls show her leading by 2 or 3 percent in the Sunshine State, and a Friday survey found her destroying Trump by 30 points among the state's key Latino voters. And all of that data came before the GOP nominee was caught on tape casually bragging about sexually assaulting women.
But there's one group Clinton is still struggling to nab: millennials, who are turning in record numbers to third-party candidates instead.
Clinton has a month left to turn that trend around in Florida — and she's beginning tomorrow in Miami with none other than Al Gore, who will make his first joint appearance of the campaign at Miami Dade College.
Gore will use his standing as the face of An Inconvenient Truth to highlight the dire threat climate change poses to Miami (a topic that, oddly, has barely figured at all on the national campaign trail). The former vice president will surely point out how Florida Gov. Rick Scott — who chairs Trump's super PAC — once ordered state employees to avoid the term "climate change" at all.
But Clinton is also banking on Gore appealing to young voters, where she has struggled. Gore isn't exactly a hipster icon. But climate change resonates as an issue for millennials, and he is arguably the most prominent advocate for reform.
“For those who agree that we must solve the climate crisis, the choice is clear in this election,” Gore spokeswoman Betsy McManus told the Washington Post.
Beyond millennial engagement, the speech will also be a test of whether Clinton can move the conversation on any topic other than Trump's increasing self-destruction.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Miami New Times's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Miami's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
Sunday night's debate in St. Louis suggested that feat won't be easy. The town hall was light on substantive policy and heavy on Trump's vicious attacks on Bill Clinton and Trump's responses to the video leaked Friday in which he brags about grabbing women "by the pussy" and getting away with it because of his fame.
The reverberations from that video are still echoing around South Florida's political landscape this morning. Top GOP officials including Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio condemned Trump for the comments, though neither was willing to drop his endorsement of the presidential candidate.
Miami-Dade's Republican mayor, though, went a step further. Carlos Gimenez told CBS Miami's Jim DeFede over the weekend that he'll punch a ballot for Hillary Clinton in November.
Gore and Clinton will speak at 3 p.m. at MDC's Kendall campus, where doors will open at 1 p.m. for the event.