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RNC chairman: Florida the granddaddy of them all, predicts Obama can't carry it again in 2012
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) ' Florida is the biggest prize in the 2012 election, so it's no coincidence that the GOP nominating convention will be in Tampa, Sen. Marco Rubio is being discussed as a possible VP pick and there are Floridians in leadership roles at both national parties.
With 29 electoral college votes, Florida is the largest of swing states and Republicans will put a heavy emphasis on carrying the state President Barack Obama won in 2008.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said "Florida is the granddaddy of them all" and predicted Obama can't win because of the economy.
His counterpart at the Democratic National Committee, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, says the GOP will be hurt in Florida because of proposals to change Medicare and Social Security.