Next week, Florida will host the national convention that sets the Republican Party on the road to victory. With this year’s convention being held in our own city of Tampa, Florida Republicans are even more enthusiastic about the upcoming presidential election and casting a vote for Mitt Romney on election day.
During this year’s convention, our country’s top Republicans, including Gov. Romney himself, will have a unique opportunity to deliver their message of less taxes, smaller government and reduced spending directly to pivotal Florida voters, especially those in the crucial Interstate-4 corridor. Since 1960, Hillsborough County in particular has called every single presidential election except one, and the population here typically mirrors the demographics and swings of the national electorate. Reaching out to and winning over the voters here is key and helps to ensure success this November. With the Republican National Convention in their backyard, these voters will learn firsthand how our party and candidates have a plan to finally put our national economy back on the right path.
As the largest swing state in the nation, Florida is a must-win state this November, and the top issues for all Floridians are absolutely jobs and the economy. We have seen great improvement in our state over the last 18 months thanks to the common-sense policies implemented by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Some 127,200 private sector jobs have been added throughout the state, and unemployment is down from 11.1 to 8.6% as Floridians get back to work.
However, there’s more that could be done to help Florida’s economy thrive. That starts with having a national partner in the White House who will help fight overregulation, reduce the tax burden on families and small businesses and stop outrageous deficit spending. President Obama has made it clear that these are not priorities for his administration, despite the fact that they prove to be working in numerous states across the country.
As a nation, we simply cannot afford four more years of this President’s failed policies. We need a new direction, and that’s exactly what Mitt Romney is offering. He understands the economy and the free-enterprise system. He knows what businesses need to be able to create more jobs. And just like Governor Rick Scott’s policies have turned around Florida’s economy, Romney will get our national economy headed back in the right direction and get Americans back to work.
Every day, the RPOF, the RNC and the Romney campaign are working hand-in-hand, reaching out to voters and spreading this message. Holding this year’s Republican National Convention in Florida will only help to solidify the support we are already seeing for our candidate across the state, and particularly in crucial Hillsborough County. This November, we will deliver Florida for Romney.