March 10th, 2014
09:16 AM ET
9 months ago

National parties test their pitches in Florida's 13th District special election

Clearwater, Florida (CNN) - It's for just one congressional seat for about eight months, but Tuesday's special election in Florida has taken on huge political significance.

National Republicans are framing Tuesday's special election as a referendum on Obamacare. But their message - plus a flood of outside spending by Democrats focused on the issue of Social Security - is drowning out other issues in the race, Republican candidate David Jolly says.

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  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Why would ANYBODY vote for a GOP LOBBYEST FOR CONGRESS , don't we have enough LOBBYEST in Washington trying to derail our agenda , for THEIR interest instead already. You have to be STUPID to vote for a LOBBYEST for ANY public office !!!!!

    March 10, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Right, because November 2012 wasn't a referendum on the ACA. Yawn.

    March 10, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Republicans have nothing but obstruction as their major accomplishment. We do not need another government shutdown artist in DC. Vote for Sink who will represent all Floridians.

    March 10, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    This last weekend, we got to see what republicans are all about, and is the same ugly hate. Their only accomplishments are shutting down government and a credit downgrade.

    March 10, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hillary Clinton was actually at the top of that list with 50%, followed by Rand Paul at 31%!
    Really tells us you the status of hte GOP implosion when 1/4 of those that still call themselves Republicans would vote for the OPPOSITION.
    Christie ranked BELOW Ben Carson, so you know the good Gov is in big doo-doo.

    March 10, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Jolly served as a longtime aide to GOP Rep. Bill Young, ... ... At the senior event, Jolly pointed out his connection to Young and the federal resources the late congressman helped to deliver for the district, saying Young was "nearly a father to me."
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    Young brought home the bacon. Jolly promises to do the same. But, we all know that most House Republicans have signed various pledges that would prohibit a GOTP controlled House from delivering more bacon to the district. I just wonder about whether or not the seniors that Jolly was speaking to know that he, a Republican, cannot deliver. He makes it sound as if he would deliver, but he actually seems to make no such promise of the kind. He just simply talks about the "good ole days."

    March 10, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    ...She acknowledges that the Obama administration's proposal to cut the popular Medicare Advantage is a major worry among older voters, ....
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    Medicare Advantage is really nothing more than a cash cow for insurers. The program created a multi-billion dollar cottage industry, which is funded by taxpayer dollars.

    March 10, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. salty dog

    Ben Carson, and Cruz finished ahead of fatboy, nah, no one cares about the bridge scandal. You can stage a local town hall meeting, but, your not fooling anyone but yourself, your toast!

    March 10, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    In a state which is seen as a swing state, politically, that makes zero sense, as a statement, CNN.

    Once again you over dramatize the truth, and over sensationalize the reality. You are obviously desperate to try and influence the news, rather than to simply report the news.

    March 10, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    In a state which is seen as a swing state, politically, that makes zero sense, as a statement, CNN.

    Once again you over dramatize the truth, and over sensationalize the reality. You are obviously desperate to try and influence the news, rather than to simply report the news.
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    And FOX has NEVER done that, have they?

    March 10, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Ron L

    I know CNN feels obligated to report on CPAC. But in the big scheme of things it is inconsequential. There are not enough Americans who agree with its members, so the poll winner seldom becomes anything more than that. Just check its history.....

    March 10, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Harold Read

    Democrats need to push their pitches:
    – we'll blatantly lie to you (I.e. you can keep you policy. Period)
    – lower unemployment rate by getting more people to give up on finding a job
    – if you are in the country illegally, we'll give you free stuff!

    Want to kill America: Vote Democrat!

    March 10, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    None of these guys are worth for a dime.

    March 10, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |