Floridians Share Spotlight

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Thanks to two Floridians, Barack Obama is now the official Democratic presidential nominee. WUSF is following a Florida delegate at the Democratic National Convention and next week we'll be at the GOP convention in Minnesota.

In January, it looked as if Florida's presidential primary wouldn't even count because it was moved up against party rules.

But last night, it was Floridian Michael Wilson, a Republican and Air Force medic veteran of Iraq, who nominated Barack Obama at the Democratic National convention. And Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a former Hillary Clinton supporter, seconded that nomination.

The significance was not lost on Clinton delegate Ana Cruz, a Tampa delegate WUSF has followed this week.

It was a Florida night, said Cruz. I have to tell you if you look at the line up you have to know that Florida is going to play a huge role in this election.

Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor also spoke Wednesday and Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami was at the podium to introduce former President Bill Clinton.

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