State leaders want early 2008 primary

papersThe incoming state leaders – Gov. Charlie Crist, House Speaker Mario Rubio and Senate President Ken Pruitt – all would like the state to move up its presidential primary in 2008, according to the Miami Herald.

”From immigration to agriculture to Israel, virtually every issue the next leader of the free world is going to be asked about will be asked in Florida,” Rubio said. “Florida is the largest and most relevant state that has no voice in the electoral process.”

But there is a hitch. Other populous states, including California and Michigan, are also considering earlier primaries. And the Democratic National Committee, which sets the rules for the party’s nominating convention, has already signed off on earlier, January dates for South Carolina and Nevada because of the racial, ethnic and geographic diversity they would bring to the campaign.

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