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Campaigns Rush to Court Clinton’s Fla. Supporters

Sen. Hillary Clinton held a strong foothold in the key state of Florida during the primaries -- and her supporters are not yet running to either presidential ticket. Judy Woodruff reports on efforts by the Obama and McCain campaigns to court former Clinton supporters.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    And to our final campaign report from Florida. Judy Woodruff looks at where the former supporters of Hillary Clinton have landed.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin showed up recently at The Villages, a retirement community north of Orlando, tens of thousands of people turned out. There was a buzz of excitement not seen before she was added to the ticket last month.

  • CAROL HUGHES:

    I thought she was wonderful today. Look at the other people that we've had in there. I mean, you can go back to Abraham Lincoln. He came from a farm. What's the matter with her being the governor of Alaska? I think it's a great accomplishment.

  • JAMES SPORL:

    She's honest, and she just says what she is, doesn't try to say what you want to hear.

  • DEBBY RADFORD:

    I was 100 percent for McCain, but I wasn't jazzed. I've been here for Fred Thompson; I've been here for Giuliani; and I've been here for Romney. And nothing compares to this.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    We didn't run into any former supporters of Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton in this crowd, but Republican organizers say they are finding them, especially since Palin was introduced.

  • GREG TRUAX, McCain Campaign Volunteer:

    Well, the first day, we saw a large number of volunteers come into the office wanting to volunteer. They were saying that they had a connection with Gov. Palin. They were excited to see that Sen. McCain had added a woman to the ticket.

    JIM GREER, Chair, Republican Party of Florida: Democrat women from the Democrat side, the independent side, they're coming out to support Sarah Palin. I met some today that said, "I just want to tell you, Chairman, I'm a Democrat."