President Obama has scheduled a 4-hour campaign stop in Puerto Rico tomorrow, as part of his campaign trip to Florida and North Carolina in the same day. Mickey Kaus posts,
Don’t run up the score too early, Mr. President: According to Politico, Obama’s attempt to woo Puerto Ricans with a vist to their home island “underscores the Obama campaign team’s effort to build some security into the president’s reelection bid.” Security? We’re at the “security” stage of the campaign now? I thought we were at the “desperately eking out a win somehow despite 9% unemployment” stage. …
The President is sweating it out in this recession. There are two reasons for this trip:
a. A $10,000/plate dinner at the Caribe Hilton, which aims to raise $1 million for his campaign (one local radio station said that at least $500,000 was already pledged days ago)
b. courting the 5 million Puerto Ricans like myself who live in the USA, as an attempt to counterbalance the Cuban voters in FL who traditionally vote Republican.
In other news from our Hemisphere,
Peru’s presidential run-off
Victory for the Andean chameleon
Having reinvented himself as a moderate, Ollanta Humala has an extraordinary opportunity to marry economic growth with social progress
Leguizamo’s Dad: John’s Not Puerto Rican!
The week’s posts,
Hugo Chavez has emergency surgery in Cuba
Argentina and the Falklands: A background post
Mount Doom covers Chile, Argentina with ash
Again, the US wants Argentina and Great Britain to enter into negotiations over Falklands???
Peru’s markets tank after Humala win
The Mexican cartels’ cokemobiles: Homemade tanks
At Real Clear World,
Brazil: Battisti released from prison