Politics & Policy

Florida Morning Brunch

  • Republicans have outpaced Democrats in absentee and early voting, by nearly 150,000 ballots. The GOP says it’s a sign. Democrats say it’s a blip.

  • Daniel Webster, the Republican facing incumbent Alan Grayson in the 8th district, will not to debate his opponent: “I have run a positive campaign without making a single personal attack on Congressman Grayson, and I pledge to continue to do so throughout this campaign. Being on a stage with him at this point would make keeping that commitment almost impossible. I do not believe that a debate with Alan Grayson will be anything more than gutter theatrics.”

  • Joe Biden, though, is willing to share the stage with Grayson. He’s coming to town next week for a fundraising event with the Orlando-area congressman.

  • Charlie Crist tries somewhat unconvincingly to suggest he couldn’t be happier as an independent underdog: “I feel like a Tampa Bay Ray, you’re always underestimated and you just keep fighting and you just keep scrapping. It’s the end of the season you look forward to. They just got in the playoffs and I think we’re there, too.”

  • Kendrick Meek is laying on the rhetoric, telling listeners on a conference call that, “We are dealing with spiritual wickedness in high places. We must inspire people to vote [and] mobilize people to the polls with out leadership.”

  • Sandy Adams, a tea party Republican running in the 24th district, says she doesn’t believe in evolution: “I’m Christian. I believe in the Biblical terms of how we came about.”

  • After a stay on the bottom, GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott has bounced back up in the polls. CNN shows Scott up 49-46 among likely voters, while Rasmussen shows a 50-44 race. The new poll on the block, released this morning by Sunshine State News, says the race is a dead tie at 45-45.

  • Allen West, the tea party favorite running in the 22nd district, is up too, by a 47-44 margin according to Sunshine State News.

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