November 24th, 2007
01:31 PM ET
13 years ago

Sunshine for the CNN Election Express

The CNN Election Express on location in St. Petersburg.

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (CNN)- The CNN Election Express is in Florida. That’s where the Republican presidential candidates will face off this Wednesday in a CNN YouTube debate.

While Florida’s long played an important role in general election in the race for the White House (remember the Florida recount in 2000), this time around it’s also playing a larger role in the primary process. That’s because the Sunshine State moved up the date of its primary to late January.

Right now Senator Hillary Clinton of New York is the front runner in polls in Florida in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination. In surveys of Republican voters in Florida, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s on top.

The CNN Election Express just made a cross country trip. Dale Fountain drove the bus to Florida from Las Vegas, where CNN hosted a Democratic presidential debate on November 15th.

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- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Jason, Rockford IL

    If it hasn't been mentioned yet, Hillary is getting beat pretty badly by Guliani in the Gen. Election polls in this state, and without Florida it is hard for the Democrats to win. I think that is a pretty big deal.

    November 24, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Francine, San Jose, CA

    Florida does not count for the democratic nomination – you would think CNN would know that and report that. None of the democrats have been campaigning there because Florida violated the DNC's rules. The polls in Florida for democrats are meaningless because none of them have been campaigning there.

    November 24, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |


    Big Whoop-dee-doo!!!

    Oh yeah, kudos to Dale Fountain for having made it all that way. That was the centerpiece of the story I'm sure.

    November 24, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Bryan Barash, Selden, NY

    You might want to note that Florida's delegates have been stripped, and that HRC's lead in this state is for all intensive purposes useless.

    November 24, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Wade Ens Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    This is exciting because Mitt Romney or Rudy will be the next president of the good ol USA

    November 24, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. DAN, FUEL,LA.


    November 24, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. Steve Winslow, Slipppery Rock, PA

    Stripping Florida of delegates to the DNC Convention is the stupidest thing the Democratic Party has ever done. Don't you think that Florida Democrats are going to be pissed off by this? There's no doubt Florida will go Republican in 2008, which spells certain doom for the Democratic candidate.

    November 24, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. chris Chicago, IL

    Medical Research. Yah. That is fun. Lookout! It's Johnathon's Frisbee!

    November 25, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  9. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    Lookie there. It's the Clinton Fan Bus, sponsored by CNN! Wow!

    November 25, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  10. elizabth, Indianapolis, IN.

    I am so tired of candidates assuming that the american people can't think and decide for themselves. Disgusted with Obamma,Romney and what's his name..Edwards I voted for Bush 2 x's but am ashmed to admit that. I thought Obamma would be my candidate. Early on he seemed legit. Now he only puts down other candidates. Those three "big" ones come off like bullies. Just can't stand a woman leading. I would never vote for any of them. I can listen and make up my own mind. I don't need desperate candidates only slinging mud at their opponents.

    November 25, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Judy Stevens

    How can the YouTube Debate be open when the questions and people are picked by CNN? They seem to pick the most "out there" and silly questions to destroy the whole credibility of the "open" process.

    November 25, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Chris, Pensacola FL

    Speaking of Florida and elections. The YouTube GOP debate is coming soon. While I think this debate SHOULD be different, it will be questions planted to favor certain candidates and to make the REAL candidates look bad. Anyhow, be sure to check out the straw polls. I'll go on the record that Florida WILL NOT be for Rudy Guiliani. I guess it's always easy to dismiss when the medias candidates don't win.

    November 26, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |