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Poll: Miami-Dade Voters Just About Split Over Beckham's Proposal For New MLS Stadium
Published June 9, 2014
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STUMP IT LIKE BECKHAM: The AP's Rob Harris noted Beckham's career "has entered a new phase -- the campaign trail." Beckham: "It's definitely something that's different for me. I'm starting to know a little bit more about politics, which I'm glad I didn't go into as a kid. ... This is a tough challenge." Beckham said the stadium "has to be downtown and it has to be on the water because Miami is all about the water and so much is happening downtown." He added, "It would be a mistake if it wasn't downtown, and everyone is coming round to that and seeing that it is the perfect place to be" (AP, 6/7). Beckham: "We feel that we are doing something positive for the city here and I think people know that. ... It can go one way or another, if we get the public support it can be incredible but if we don’t we will find a way to turn them around and make them realize that this is a great thing and we are not here to take their money." REUTERS' Simon Evans noted Beckham's message to "potential referendum voters, as well as the politicians he must convince to back his plan, is that his backers will be investing in the city and not arriving with the begging bowl" (REUTERS, 6/7).