Smith and March talk politics at Tiger Bay

02/06/08 Seán Kinane
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St. Petersburg Times Political Editor Adam C. Smith and Tampa Tribune Political Reporter William March spoke today at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg. Both discussed the race for the presidency and yesterday’s Super Tuesday results.

Republican Sen. John McCain emerged as the clear front-runner. Adam Smith said that might not bode well for Florida Democrats because McCain is popular with independents and swing voters.

Smith pointed out that some prominent conservatives have accused John McCain of not being conservative enough to get support from the Republican Party’s base.

WMNF asked Republican Tiger Bay Club members, like St. Petersburg resident Jill McGrath, whether they thought conservatives would support McCain enough for him to become president.

Mary Wheeler and Kelly McRae, both from St. Petersburg and McCain supporters, agreed that McCain could appeal to a large enough number of Republicans.

WMNF asked Adam Smith whether Democratic candidate, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama would be able to reach voters of all demographics in addition to the strong lead he holds with young and with black voters.

“… He [Obama] can argue that on Super Tuesday he showed he was broadening his appeal.”

The next Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting on Feb. 22 will feature Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

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