With the presidential election a month away, there’s a good chance we’ll be visited by President Trump or challenger Joe Biden. That’s because candidates know that Central Florida is the key to winning Florida. Through the years, several candidates made campaign stops in Lake County and The Villages to schmooze over voters. Here’s a little trip down memory lane.
- Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton visited Lake-Sumter State College (then Lake-Sumter Community College) during a campaign stop in October 1992.
- Republican vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, strolled down Spanish Springs Town Square in The Villages in October 2000.
- A large crowd gathered at Lake-Sumter Landing in The Villages to hear President George W. Bush deliver a campaign speech in October 2004.
- In September 2008, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin attracted a crowd of 30,000 supporters in The Villages.
- In January 2012, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited The Villages and sang “America the Beautiful.”
- In March 2016, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio spoke at a campaign rally in The Villages.
- In September 2016, vice presidential candidate Mike Pence spoke in front of 850 supporters at the Savannah Center in The Villages.