There was no time wasted in getting the crowd excited about Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign stop in St. Augustine today.
“How about that Romney/Ryan ticket,” asked Republican Party of Florida Chair Lenny Curry- who was the first of many to speak before Romney took the stage.
Although Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, the newly named VP pick for Romney, was not in Florida today, the crowd still had a lot of momentum because of the announcement which was made this weekend.
And that’s momentum all the speakers are hoping will carry forward.Florida Governor Rick Scott introduced Romney, and while also speaking briefly on his voter list purge efforts, he urged the community to stay involved in the campaign.
“We put Mitt Romney on the map because he won our great state in the primary.So you did it, you did it by going out and supporting Mitt Romney in the primary so congratulations,” says Scott.
That feeling was echoed by Senator John Thrasher.
“It’s about choices for America, and we know we are on the right side of those choices.And we want to bring the rest of America with us, and we have the candidates to do it,” he says.
But by far the speaker greeted with the loudest applause, aside from Romney, was Senator Marco Rubio.He appealed to the American spirit during his time on the podium.
“This election is not just gunna be a choice between two parties or two people, but it’s literally a choice about our identity as a nation and as a people,” says Rubio.
And that’s a sentiment Romney echoed when he finally reached the stage.He started out by reminding voters that the nation is on the rise- having topped the Olympic medal count and just landing a rover on Mars, he says there is a lot to be excited about.But he says the only way for the bright future to persist is through a win in November.
“I’ve got a promise for you guys: there are better days ahead when we get a better leader in Washington,” he says.
The cornerstone of Romney’s speech today was outlining a five point plan he says would bring the economy “roaring back.”
The first part of this plan is using America’s energy outlets like natural gas.Second, he wants to ensure our workforce has all the skills needed by bettering the education system.Third, Romney wants to improve trade relations with countries that the US currently does not do a high volume of business with- he cited Latin America as one region in which to expand.Fourth, he wants to tackle the deficit and balance the budget.Finally, “champion small business.”
For a crowd that’s weary of the slow-to-rebound economy, it was a welcome message met with cheers.