MIAMI– Mitt Romney has picked up another important Florida endorsement as he continues to build his network in the crucial primary state ahead of his probable run for president. U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV has said that he will support the former Massachusetts governor because of his economic credentials.
“We need true leadership in the White House with someone who is uniquely qualified to grow the economy and create the quality jobs that Americans deserve and need,” Mack told the St. Petersburg Times.
“If Governor Romney decides to run for president in 2012, I will absolutely be supporting him and helping him in Florida,” Thrasher told FOX in March.” He would be a great GOP nominee.”
Romney sights are firmly focused on Florida, a state at the center of his political strategy to win the GOP nomination, according to Florida insiders who are backing him and his expected entry into the 2012 race.
A precursor to Romney’s Florida stops and Tax Day was an op-ed penned by Romney in the Orlando Sentinel yesterday. For Americans, who are busy crunching numbers this weekend to pay voracious Uncle Sam, Romney echoes many feelings regarding America’s complex, convoluted tax system. He writes that “our system of taxation is killing our nation’s once-strong economic engine.” (A special exception gives taxpayers until Monday the 18th to make the IRS happy.)
“The mind-boggling complexity of our tax system is only part of the problem,” he wrote. “As of last year, the U.S. tax code had mushroomed into 71,684 pages that no one human being can fully understand. Along with complexity comes a dizzying array of perverse incentives.”
Romney also writes about our national debt, states that one of the biggest tax reforms is reining in Obama, and lauds the Tea Party movement:
Almost 21/2 centuries after the original Boston Tea Party of 1773, the idea of limited government that inspired our forebears is very much alive. The growth of government is not some inexorable force. In a democracy, we the people decide. Thanks to the Tea Party, there’s real hope that we can rein in our profligate federal government.
Nate covers the full op-ed here.
The Romneys attended a fundraiser in Orlando today. Among all that was said, a nugget was revealed: The Gov WILL campaign in Iowa. Read more here.
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