Below are rough notes from my FNC colleague Christopher Laible – covering the Governor Mitt Romney campaign in Coral Gables, Florida:
Romney gave pretty much the same speech as Tampa, as Jodie pointed out. He made the University of Miami sign. Again, he didn’t mention the president by name.
Jeb bush made a crack about Obama blaming people other people, starting with his brother.
Several thousand people attended (campaign says 3500).
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart was extremely partisan.
After the event, the campaign held a briefing call with their political director and pollster to talk about who they’re doing in all swing states.
++ ROMNEY COUNTING ON FL
15:17:17 “America is counting on Florida, I’m counting on Florida to have clear eyes, full hearts. We can’t lose. America’s coming back with greater strength and a great and prosperous future. Thank you so very much. You guys are the very best. Thank you!”
++ Jeb Bush made a crack about Obama blaming G W Bush
“The second this thing this election is about is about doing things – not talking about them, not pointing a finger, not trying to divide us, but to focus on practical solutions to begin to solve the problems that we have so that we can restore our footing and our greatness so that we have a chance for more people to be successful in life. in order to do that, Washington has to begin to come together. Do you honestly think that this president is capable of bringing people together? (No, crowd yells) His entire strategy is to blame others – starting with my brother, of course. Basically, he blames every possible thing rather than having the humility to be able to reach out and to find common ground.”
++ MARIO DIAZ BALART
Remember, and he went to Egypt to apologize, to tell the world that the United States was going to be humbler and mellower and that frankly, we are so sorry for the sacrifices of the Americans for generations. Well, now – now Egypt is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. Now, in Libya, they murder our ambassador, kill three other brave Americans and the president is nowhere to be found to answer what happened. Now our children and our grandchildren are looking at a future that is not as bright and is not as prosperous as every American has expected.
Well now, now Egypt is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. Now, in Libya, they murder our ambassador, kill three other brave Americans, and the president is nowhere to be found to answer what happened. Now, now our children and our grandchildren are looking at a future that is not as bright, that is not as prosperous…”