Big names encourage voters

Jeb Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Antonio Villaraigosa court voters before Election Day

SOUTH FLORIDA - Some big name Democrats and Republicans went to South Florida to encourage voters to cast their ballots on Tuesday.

"Now the other side, they may have Pitbull and Bruce Springsteen. But you're going to get to see some of the rock stars that we have on our ticket today with Jeb Bush and Condoleezza Rice," said Adam Hasner, who is running for U.S. House of Representatives against Lois Frankel.

In Davie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush praised Mitt Romney as ready to be president, and said President Barack Obama's policies have failed.

"He could have led. He could have created consensus on these bigger things that need to get done that require Democrats and Republicans working together, but he shunned that idea, and now we are a divided country and we need a new president that will unite us and bring people together again," said Bush.

Rice faulted President Obama for sending mixed messages to friends and foes.

"I do think we've tended to send some confusing signals. Talking about getting distance from Israel, we don't need distance from our friends. We need to be close to our friends," said Rice. "Hugging Hugo Chavez? It doesn't make sense."

At Miami-Dade Elections Department headquarters in Doral, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Republicans put up barriers to voting.

"Where you see a concerted effort on the part of the Republicans, in this case, on the part of Governor Rick Scott, to discourage voting, to make it difficult for people to vote," said Villaraigosa.

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