At a Romney ralley at the Tampa Convention Center, the hits against John McCain kept coming.
Rep. Trey Traviesa of Hillsborough County, who led the crowd of roughly 200 in chanting "Mitt is it!", said McCain resembled a "liberal Democrat," echoing a frequent refrain of the Romney campaign in recent days.
"He took a left," said Traviesa, who brought up another motif of the campaign: Comparing Romney to the Gipper. "He's going to reenergize the party of Reagan," said Traviesa, setting off another round of chanting and cheers.
Romney, flanked by four of his five sons and wife Ann, took to the stage for one last stump speech before the polls close today.
The former Massachusetts governor has made his business acument a main focus of his campaign, saying he alone among the Republican field has private-sector experience in the private sector needed to guide the country through shaky economic times.
"You cant just send back Washington politicans who've spent their whole careers there," said Romney, referring to McCain's decades-long career in politics and comments the senator made acknowledging national security, not economy, is his forte.
"Well, it's my strong suit," said Romney who made no mention of the other Republican rivals on the ticket, a sign of a tight contest that has narrowed to a two-man race in the past week.
--- Tere Figueras Negrete