Tampa, FL: Romney Speaks to Enthusiastic Audience at GOP Natl Hispanic Assembly

Mitt Romney addresses the Republican National Hispanic Assembly National Convention in Tampa, Florida. September 2, 2011 (photo by Peter Masa/TBO.com)


They were excited to see Mitt Romney in Tampa, Florida today!

Governor Romney was in town to greet supporters and speak at the Republican National Hispanics Assembly convention:

Romney, in Tampa, blasts president over jobs

TAMPA – The road to the White House leads through Tampa today. Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Herman Cain are among the top Republicans in town.

Both GOP hopefuls were here to address the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Florida, which was meeting today at the airport Hyatt.

Many members said they were especially excited to hear from Romney[...]

Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, spent about 20 minutes covering topics from education to foreign policy. But the economy was his main topic.

He blasted the president over his job creation record, on the heels of figures that show no net job creation in last two months.

I’m going to be presenting a detailed plan about how to get America back to work and how to grow our economy. It’s going to be bold; it’s not just going to be a little stimulus,” he said with a dismissive wave of his hand. “It’s a complete restructuring. It will be sweeping and specific.”

Romney echoes Rubio in speech to GOP National Hispanic Assembly in Florida

Romney’s remarks were strikingly similar to the message of Rubio, whom Romney has said is on his shortlist for vice president should he win the nomination. Rubio often uses his background as a child of immigrants to discuss American exceptionalism, opportunity and freedom.

Romney’s speech mostly focused on a broad message of the “common ground” found by a “nation of immigrants” and hit on the Tea Party themes of cutting government spending and respecting the 10th Amendment, which protects the right of states.
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“As a nation of immigrants, we’ve found common ground not in our heritage but in our hearts,” Romney said. “When generations looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time, or a piece of sandy beach that was freedom, or stepped off a plane traveling from tyranny to hope … they knew without a doubt … that they were coming to a place where anything was possible — that in America, their children, and their grandchildren, would have a better life. That confidence in a better tomorrow defines us as Americans.”
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Romney also praised Rubio in the speech when discussing legal immigration. “I am a great proponent of legal immigration. Many of you are living proof of the unique strength of America that is constantly renewed by new Americans. The promise of America has brought some of the world’s best and brightest to our shores,” said Romney. “It brought to America the parents of Marco Rubio, who is one of America’s great leaders today.”
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While he did not make it a focus of the speech, Romney also discussed illegal immigration, a sensitive issue in front of a Hispanic Republican audience. He called for a high-tech fence along the border with Mexico, an improved employment verification system for businesses and penalties for violations, and touted a veto from when he was governor of a bill that would have provided in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants.

Romney is the only top-tier presidential candidate to address the group.

(emphasis added)

RNC Chairman Reince Preibus and former FL Governor Jeb Bush were also slated to speak.

Romney, in Tampa, blasts president over jobs: MyFoxTAMPABAY.com

Behind the scenes…

UPDATE: Another video…

Romney, in Tampa, blasts president over jobs: MyFoxTAMPABAY.com

A delegate at the convention believes Romney could be the one to get America back on track. “I think it’s the first time we have a major political figure coming over and address us directly. We feel honored; we feel emboldened by his presence.”

The full transcript of Romney’s speech may be found here and here.

► Jayde Wyatt

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6 Responses to Tampa, FL: Romney Speaks to Enthusiastic Audience at GOP Natl Hispanic Assembly

  1. Jonesy says:

    Nice post. Repub/Dem insiders voted on who they thought would be more likely to beat Obama in a general election between Romney & Perry. Romney won in a landslide. Check it out @ http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2011/09/insiders-gop-wo.php

  2. Renna says:

    My husband and I traveled from Orlando to Tampa this morning to participate in the opening of the Campaign Headquarters. Governor Romney came by after the Hispanic breakfast gathering and spoke to the crowd. He looked enthusiastic, healthy, happy, focused and determined. We were all enthusiastic and plan to organize our efforts to achieve a victory in 2012 and at last say – “congratulations President Romney” Gather round one and all – work hard for the very best candidate in the race. You know it, we know it and soon – the nation will know it—-

  3. Jayde Wyatt says:

    Appreciate the comments – and the link from Jonesy.

    Renna, I’m happy you and your husband could make it to the grand opening of Mitt’s campaign headquarters! Glad to know you’ll be organizing to give Mitt a victory in Florida; we all need to do the same. Mitt really needs the grassroots to give their all this time – no shirkers! :)

  4. Renna says:

    Jayde:: Thank you for this site and your daily articles – they are inspiring and that is what we need each day.

    I am looking for that magical moment when responsible, thinking people wake up to the fact that we are losing our country. I can make no sense out of human behavior sometimes. All of the ingredients are there to support the fact that Mitt is the very best candidate and bless him and Ann for taking on this task yet again. We need to flood the airwaves with positive things about him every day. Folks need to try to call in to the conservative talk shows and repeatedly support and endorse Mitt. He needs to go on these shows and answer the tough questions that they ask – he has nothing to hide – the examination of him has been quite thorough. He is a responsible conservative who realizes that in order to succeed, you must be able to communicate and teach the right things – with time, others will follow that lead. I am a conservative but I know enough to realize that if I go around pointing fingers and sharing my ideology in a forceful manner – I will lose. Others have to see that I lead by example. We must go on the offensive and keep our eye on the ball—victory 2012.

  5. VegasMike says:

    It’s now time for a “feel good” President. Just like we had with Reagan. There was two okay Bushes, An embarrassing Carter and Clinton. And now we have a President ObamHA, that I find myself turning off the TV before he finishes his speech.
    When I listen to Mitt Romney it’s like getting advice from a favorite uncle.
    He just makes such common sense.
    I do wish all the lies and negatives about him stops.
    We should all be so lucky to have a kind, gentle, intelligent man lead our country.

  6. Gary Alan Chidester says:

    Put Mitt Romney in the White House, and you’re putting 25 million people back to work !!!