Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

Democratic National Committee chairwoman @DWStweets (who is from Florida):

Tonight Romney was successful in buying his way to victory. He & his super PAC outspent his nearest opponent by running 13,000 negative ads.

9:29p – Paul at the podium. He’s live from campaign HQ in Henderson, Nevada tonight.
“If enthusiasm wins elections, we’d win, hands down.”
Paul congratulated Romney for winning Florida, says he’d see him in the caucus states.
“If you have an irate and tireless minority, you do well in caucus states.”
“Don’t you think it’s about time we had a new monetary policy?” Crowd goes nuts, starts cheering “End the Fed!”
“We need to reverse trend of attack on our civil liberties. We need to repeal the PATRIOT Act. We need to repeal provision that allows President to assassinate American citizens without trial.”


9:07p – Newt and Callista Gingrich walking up to the podium at campaign HQ in Orlando.
Not backing down anytime soon… Sign on podium reads “46 States To Go.”
Thanks his daughters who have been stumping for him in Florida. Calls his grandchildren “my two major debate coaches.”
“It is now clear this will be a two-person race between the conservative Newt Gingrich and the Massachusetts Moderate.”
Newt goes back to media-bashing – “We are going to contest every place, we are going to win, and we will be in Tampa as the nominee in August.”
“We’re going to have people power defeat money power in the next six months.” Has somebody told Sheldon Adelson this?
“You can’t imagine how radical he [Obama] will be in a second term.”
Tweet from @HuffPostMedia: Newt Gingrich makes a positive mention of David Broder, possibly the most elite media person of all time. Contradictions… #flprimary
If elected Gingrich says he will ask Congress to pass repeal of Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and Sarbanes-Oxley before he is sworn into office, so “We can be off to a pretty good opening morning.”
“The very first executive order will abolish all of the White House czars at that moment. All of this will happen about two hours after the Inaugural Address.”
Pledges he will build Keystone pipeline. Urges Canadians not to make a deal with the Chinese.
Vows to reinstate Reagan’s Mexico City Policy – no U.S. money for abortions anywhere in the world.
Closing comments: “I pledge you my life, my fortune, my sacred honor, this is about America.”
Cue Brooks and Dunn’s “Only in America”

9:23 – Gingrich speech ends. David Gergen points out that Gingrich did not congratulate Romney for winning the Florida primary.

8:28p – Romney family walks up to the podium.
Ann Romney opening comments: “Thank you, Florida.”
Starts thanking key Florida supporters, state and congressional officials.

8:32p – Mitt Romney takes the podium.
Congratulates Gingrich, Santorum and Paul for “Another hard-fought contest.”
“A competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us and we will win.”
Romney strategically picked victory night speech location in Tampa – city which will host 2012 Republican convention which could potentially nominate him.
“My leadership will end the Obama era and begin a new era of American prosperity.”
“I will insist on a military so powerful, no one will ever think of challenging it.”
“I want you to remember when our White House reflected the best of what we are, not the worst of what Europe has become.”
Tweet from @Markos: “The worst of what Europe has become” says the guy who had his money in Swiss banks

8:42 p – Romney wraps up his victory speech. Networks on standby for Gingrich.


Multiple news organizations have called the Florida Primary for Mitt Romney… Based on the exit returns with about 57 percent of the votes counted, Romney is leading Gingrich by nearly 190,000 votes.

Watch this space for speeches, exit poll analysis, and a look ahead at the Nevada caucuses.

Will be live-blogging and tweeting the Florida GOP primary returns as they come in. Watch this space…

CNN noticed something curious at a recent Palin rally in Florida:

POLK CITY, Florida (CNN) — At a boisterous Sarah Palin rally in Polk City, Florida on Saturday afternoon, one name was surprisingly absent from the campaign décor — John McCain’s.

Looking around the Fantasy of Flight aircraft hangar where the rally took place, one could see all the usual reminders that it was a pro-McCain event. There were two large “Country First” banners hung on the walls along with four enormous American flags meant to conjure the campaign’s underlying patriotic theme. Many of the men and women in the audience wore McCain hats and t-shirts.

But on closer inspection, the GOP nominee’s name was literally nowhere to be found on any of the official campaign signage distributed to supporters at the event.

Members of the audience proudly waved “Country First” placards as Palin delivered her stump speech. Those signs were paid for by the Republican National Committee.

The other sign handed out to supporters read “Florida is Palin Country,” but those signs were neither paid for by the Republican National Committee nor the McCain campaign. In small print, the signs were stamped with the line “Paid for and authorized by Putnam for Congress” — as in, the re-election campaign of Florida congressman Adam Putnam, whose district skirts Polk City.

In fact, Putnam’s name was considerably more prominent than was McCain’s — his campaign had placed a number of large “Putnam for Congress” banners around the event site.