Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Paul Ryan have been traveling around the United States making numerous campaign stops in the hope to generate support for their campaigns. Many of their stops have been in key battle ground states, with Florida being one of them. And with Florida being a favorite campaign stop, I couldn’t help but wonder if they candidates were trying to reach out the the Hispanic and Elderly voters, or if they were checking out the wonderful retirement living communities in popular areas such as Palm Beach Gardens.
With the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Affordable Care Act this year, the debate between Obama (who claims it as one of his key successes of his time in office) and Romney (who is campaigning on repealing Obamacare) has really place the elderly demographic in the spotlight. Over 17% of the Florida population are adults 65-years-of-age or older, and they make up over 25% of the eligible voting population. They made up a third of the voter turnout in the 2010 elections, so which ever campaign can bring in the most elderly voters, the more likely they will win the State (and possibly the election).
Real Clear Politics reports an average of 48% favoring repeal verses 42% opposing repeal, so it is possible that Romney could win the argument with the elderly – especially running on a campaign that preserves Medicare for those who are already receiving the benefit – it is possible that Romney could win the election in 2012. As a result, Obama could be the one seeking a new “retirement” home. Since he is such a fan of golf, maybe the President should consider looking at one of the golfing communities in Florida on his next campaign stop. I hear the Devonshire at PGA National (DevonshirePGA.com) has some nice amenities!