Race of the day: Alan Grayson vs. Daniel Webster for Congress (FL-08)

Provocative liberal congressman Alan Grayson faces a tough fight in his Orlando district against conservative Christian Daniel Webster

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DEMOCRAT

Alan Grayson

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REPUBLICAN

Daniel Webster

Basic Info:One-term incumbent;

Age: 52Former state senator;

Age: 61

Issues:

  • Wanted public option for health-care bill
  • Wants to extend Bush tax cuts for middle class, but not the rich
  • Pro-choice
  • Wants to "de-fund and repeal" "Obamacare"
  • Wants to extend Bush cuts for everyone, including high earners
  • Opposes all abortions

Polling At:36%43%Campaign Chest:$1.4 million$105,000

Key Quote:"Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick."

"I'm taking the high road."

Petty Controversy:Called a female Fed advisor a "K Street whore" during an interview on a conspiracy-oriented radio showUsed a state party credit card to charge nearly $10,000 at Tallahassee restaurantsWild card:Grayson's many incendiary statements have made him a high-profile target for national Republicans

Dueling Ads:"Taliban Dan": This Grayson ad charges that Webster is a "radical fundamentalist" who wants to take away womens' basic rights"Sandy Speaks": In this spot, Webster's wife Sandy attests to his love and devotion to his family and promises he'll change D.C.

Alan Grayson's "Taliban Dan":

Daniel Webster's "Sandy Speaks":

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