Matt Dixon, (@Mdixon55)
Hillary Clinton, who many believe will be Democrat’s 2016 presidential nominee, will be in Miami Oct. 2 helping raise money for Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign.
Clinton is widely popular in Florida. A July poll from Quinnipiac University had her approval rating at 58 percent, including at 95 percent with Democrats.
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may be taking some criticism recently in the news media and among some liberal Democratic precincts, but nothing has changed among average voters in Florida where she remains queen of the political prom,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
With presidential speculation in the air, the visit will put Clinton in the nation’s biggest swing states heading into the 2014 midterm elections. She is also scheduled to attend a fundraiser on Sept. 30 for New Hampshire state Senator Lou D’Allesandro, according to the New Hampshire Union-Leader. That state hosts the nation’s first presidential primary.
The Florida stop comes one month after her husband, former President Bill Clinton, rallied Democrats at a Crist event in Miami. (more here)
So far, President Barack Obama has been a no-show for Crist, which is likely due to one reason: he’s unpopular in Florida. In the same Quinnipiac University poll, Obama’s job approval rating was underwater by a 44-52 margin.
Details about the location of the visit have not yet been announced publicly. The event was announced on the Facebook page of Bob Poe, who serves as chairman of Crist’s political committee.