Hillary Clinton Focused on Not Repeating 2008 Mistake in Florida

Clinton takes part in a Center for American Progress roundtable discussion on "Expanding Opportunities in America's Urban Areas" in Washington
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You have to hand it to Hillary Clinton for focusing on not repeating the same 2008 mistakes she made that cost her the Democratic presidential nomination to then-Senator Barack Obama.

Clinton wants to paint Florida blue, and is planning to spend a considerable amount of time in the Sunshine State to make sure that next November she walks away with Florida in her back pantsuit pocket.

According to Politico’s rascally political reporter Marc “Frisbee” Caputo, HC will be in Florida holding several public events that will complement several scheduled fundraisers, including one with ambulance-chasing trial lawyer John Morgan.

Hillary Clinton is making moves in Florida, and Senator Marco Rubio and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush were also out stumping and pressing the flesh with possible donors and voters.

Rubio was in rural north central Florida speaking to a thousand Republicans, while Bush was in the Miami boogie-down holding a grassroots fundraiser/rally.

But while Rubio, Bush, and Clinton are expected to be in Florida picking their low-lying political fruit, where is Ted Cruz and the rest of the Republican presidential candidates?

 Adonde esta Senador Ted Cruz?

Team Cruz said that Florida was crucial for success in 2016 and made a few stops, including one in Jacksonville. But if they expect to pry open Rubio and Bush’s base of support, the Cruzers need to start showing Florida’s conservative grassroots that they are serious about carrying the state in the GOP presidential primary race.

Until Cruz and the others in the 2016 GOP field of presidential candidates set up shop in Florida and target those Republican activists who feel alienated by both Rubio and Bush, Florida will continue to be Rubio/Bush country.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, Rubio and Cruz were yucking it up together at the Georgia Republican convention in Athens this past weekend.