Joe Biden backs Debbie Mucarsel-Powell during Tampa visit

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'It's really important you win.'

President Joe Biden threw his support to former U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s campaign for Senate.

During a stop in Tampa, he called out the Miami Democrat by name in the crowd, and said she must defeat incumbent U.S. Sen. Rick Scott.

“I want to thank Debbie, our next U.S. Senator. Debbie, stand up,” Biden said. “This is a critical race. Rick Scott wants to sunset social security. I think the voters are going to sunset Rick Scott.”

The remarks came as Biden campaigned in Tampa for re-election himself. The Florida visit signaled a belief Florida that will be a battleground, especially with a Florida law going into effect next week banning most abortions six weeks into pregnancy.

But the vocal support for Mucarsel-Powell also could prove critical as the former Congresswoman faces a Democratic Primary. Businessman Stanley Campbell, who has largely self-funded a campaign, qualified for the Democratic Primary already.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has declined often to reference any candidate by name until the nomination gets settled in August. But the support from the sitting President from a stage in Florida further signals Mucarsel-Powell as the inevitable nominee.

As of the close of March, Mucarsel-Powell has $2.75 million cash on hand. Meanwhile, Campbell closed the quarter with $772,000 in the bank.

Biden said he would do everything in his power to elect Mucarsel-Powell, whether that meant stumping for her or not.

“As one senior Senator years ago — when I was a freshman running for re-election in the United States Senate — said to me, ‘I’ll campaign for you or against you, whatever will help the most,’” Biden said. “It’s really important you win.”

Of note, Scott had released a statement trashing Biden ahead of his visit to Florida, and paid for anti-Biden ads to run on trucks in the streets of Tampa during the visit. That includes messaging to “Reject Socialists” and to “Remember Laken Riley,” an Augusta University student killed allegedly by an illegal immigrant in February.

Scott’s campaign welcomed a chance to tie Biden and Mucarsel-Powell.

“Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Joe Biden are selling a socialist agenda that Florida voters won’t buy,” said Scott spokesperson Will Hampson. “Florida voters are done with record inflation caused by Joe Biden and Congresswoman Mucarsel-Powell’s out-of-control spending.

“Floridians don’t want an open border and enough fentanyl to kill the entire state ten times over. They don’t want a senator or president too weak to condemn illegitimate regimes in Cuba and throughout Latin America, and certainly don’t want calls for genocide of our Jewish neighbors to go unpunished as they currently are throughout our nation. The Biden/Mucarsel-Powell agenda is heinously radical and is going to be overwhelmingly rejected by Floridians in November.”

Biden also name-dropped U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Tampa Democrat seeking re-election. Castor picked up Biden. Both Castor and Mucarsel-Powell spoke at the Biden event.

“I just got off the stage in Tampa and let me tell you, Floridians are FIRED UP to fight for our freedoms,” Mucarsel-Powell shared on social media. “We can vote out one of the most vulnerable GOP senators this November and take back our freedoms from extremists like him. Are you with me?”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Impeach Biden

    April 23, 2024 at 5:20 pm

    The kiss of death has just been delivered to the Mucarsel-Powell campaign. Joe Biden has endorsed you. She was done before this and she is definitely done now.

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 24, 2024 at 8:44 am

      The kiss of death endorsement in every election since Trump wormed his way into the oval office has been the Trump endorsement.

      Trump’s endorsed candidate win-loss record is even worse than Yarvard and Hale’s baseballs teams when Rhonda was pitching. And that is bad. Very bad.

      LOLS @ IBS

      By the way did anybody tell pRick the Mayorkas “impeachment” had already went from the House over to the Senate and the Congresspeople on the Senate side, the ones who vote on impeachments, had already voted it down?

  • Rick Whitaker

    April 23, 2024 at 6:12 pm

    IM, do you think it would have been possible for biden to come to florida and NOT endorse the candidate running against scott? ALL dems hate scott more than most other maga senators.

  • Andy

    April 23, 2024 at 10:00 pm

    Jesus Christ could come down from the heavens and endorse Powell, Rick Scott is still going to win by 5-8 points….
    Abortion and weed are not going to carry the day. Maybe an economic message might but Dems have abandoned the working class , they just make believe they have our backs.

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 24, 2024 at 2:31 pm

      Saying all that won’t make it true, but suit yourself. You do you.

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