The Tampa Bay Times chatted with David Plouffe, President Obama's Senior advisor, recently. While polls show the president is struggling right now, Plouffe tells the Times that he's confident Obama will make gains in Florida-- particularly among Miami Hispanics.
Plouffe told the Times that "we think [we] can do better with the Latino vote than we did in 2008, which is a big piece of business down there in Florida... we think we can drive up some margins in Miami-Dade."
He also said that "people are feeling a little better about the economy, that's going to be a very, very powerful message."
The Obama campaign actually pointed to some numbers touted by Gov. Rick Scott today that point to some big improvements here in Miami.
"The White House was reminding the reporters aboard Air Force One about a Twitter message that Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued last week:
“Tampa-St.Pete.-Clearwater and Miami area experienced largest unemployment rate declines in country,” tweeted @FlGovScott... “Twenty-seven of the metropolitan divisions recorded over-the-year jobless rate decreases in August, while seven registered increases. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla., posted the largest rate decline from a year earlier (-2.0 percentage points),” the BLS reported Oct. 5.
Obama is stumping and fundraising today in Miami.