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Analysis: President Trump’s Orlando Re-election Campaign Launch Makes Sense Politically, Geographically

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Laureen Vartanian sports a patriotic umbrella to match her equally patriotic outfit, as she waits in line for Trump's re-election rally. Photo by Paola Chinchilla.

Political analysts say President Trump’s decision to announce his re-election bid in Orlando makes sense for a number of reasons.

Thousands of people were at the Amway Center for the speech, and supporters gathered outside the arena all day for what’s been dubbed ‘45 Fest’.

Jeremy Levitt, Distinguished professor of International Law at FAMU College of Law, who is politically independent, told WMFE’s Intersection that picking Florida for the campaign launch shows how important the state is for 2020.

“It’s a state that has a very odd combination of racial and ethnic minorities that can swing one way or the other,” said Levitt.

“I think it’s actually quite smart for him to start here, because if he can’t win Florida, he’s in trouble.”  

Republican political analyst Frank Torres said he doesn’t think the president is trying to change any minds. 

But he says Orlando is a good location for Trump’s supporters.

“Osceola County and Orange County, they’re blue,” said Torres.

“Donald Trump’s not coming here trying to change any minds of anybody, anybody that’s out in the community, but Orlando’s central, and everybody can drive in, they can charter buses, they can drive to a central part of the state where they can all get together.”


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Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »