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Mitt Romney’s depressing tour of Florida stops at closed Jacksonville printing shop

Jon Cummings spoke so quietly the crowd at Mitt Romney’s rally had to tell him to speak up. He didn’t sound like a politician. He sounded like the man who shut down a century old business in the tough economy.

“Four years ago here, we had close to 50 people working,” Cummings said. “By the time I called everyone just after Christmas to tell them we were suspending operations, we had about 24 people left.”

Speaking in front of a giant “Obama isn’t working” sign next to an industrial trash bin, Cummings said the administration’s work-place regulations bore some blame. But so did the bad economy, competition from China, rising insurance costs and changes in technology.

“I have never seen anything like the last 3 years. It’s been a crazy, crazy ride,” Cummings said. ““We chose to quit the fight.”

Romney soon spoke and said the obvious: “This is not a happy day, here, in this plant of course.”

He blamed President Obama. “It’s an indication of what’s gone wrong with this administration,” Romney said. “Jon asked, ‘how long is this going to go on?’ And the answer is: it’s going to go on until January of 2013.”
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Romney said the president hasn’t followed through on his promises, and has made business “the enemy” in America. He never mentioned the name of Newt Gingrich, whom he had sharply criticized when Romney was down in the polls.

“If you think that you really need someone who has been part of the culture of Washington for the last 35 years and continue in Washington, well there are other people you can choose,” Romney said.

Romney never mentioned Obama’s predecessor, George Bush, under whom the recession began, suggesting all the economic woes were the current president’s fault. He has toured a closed gypsum factory in Tampa, a foreclosed home in Lehigh Acres and a struggling business in Orlando to drive the home the message, which conflicts in tone with Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s optimistic view that the state’s on the right track.

Romney's events have fewer attendees than Gingrich's and less passion. But Romney's events are well-staged and relentlessly on message, unlike Gingrich's off-the-cuff populist rallies. By Romney also added a new riff to his stump speech: Invoking the Bill Murray film ‘Groundhog Day’ in which a man has to relive the same day over and over again.

 “This has been a ‘Groundhog Day’ presidency. He keeps saying the same things. And we keep waking up and the same things are going on,” Romney said. “Nothing changes. He said he was the candidate of change. But you still have 20 million people out of work. You still have almost 10 percent unemployment here in Florida. You still have home values down and continuing to go down. You still have record numbers of foreclosures in Florida. You still have median income suffering -- middle income families suffering. The median income in America has dropped by 10 percent in just the last four years. He keeps saying these great things he’s going to do. And yet we wake up and it’s the same picture every single morning. It’s been a ‘Groundhog Day’ presidency and that’s going to end if I’m president.”

Polls suggest the race in Florida between Obama and Romney, should he win, is tied. But Obama is showing some signs of traction. Still, Floridians are displeased with the state of their government, polls show, and many don’t think the state or nation is on the right track.

That sentiment only helps Romney. And he knows it.

“If you believe like I do that he has not put things on the right track,” Romney said, “but we’re on the wrong track and that we need to change course in this country and get back to American values and American principles then I want your vote on Tuesday.”

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NewtsArmy

The GOOD OLD BOYS and Elite Media Guards of a Failed GOP are coming out again to support another Failed GOP candidate, Mitt Romney.

All they need are more attack ads, more attack ads, more attack ads, more attack ads, more attack ads, more attack ads……!

"Greed (money) is the root of all evil"

Jon Finkelsteignbergsilver

Mitt Romney really doesn't care about this guy. Mitt Romney is MORE LIBERAL THAN OBAMA!!! Mitt is one awful candidate who makes over $250 million a year and hides all of that in offshore accounts. Mitt Romney will be a failure for the GOP.

NEWT IS THE BEST GUY FOR THE JOB! He will bring all of those jobs lost under this communist regime and start a cuban spring. A vote for Newt is a vote going against the GOP establishment! VOTE NEWT!!!!

Robert Jenkins

Jon.
You sound like a loyal Democrat. As even Rubio knows; a vote for "Newt" now, is worth two votes for President Obama come November!!! Yet I suppose Rubio will believe "Newt's"line, that he escaped D.C. before it fell into the Communito's hands. That "Newt" is actually a politcal refugee; and not a person who "Quit" after a "minor" misunderstanding.

Johnny Hotehead

Republicans eating their own = guaranteed Obama victory....

Wendilynn

Feel free to vote for Newt...that just forces me to vote for Obama.

I like Mitt Romney. He understands the struggle. He's turned too many struggling companies around, he's counseled many families when he was a lay minister in his church who needed help and were going through hard times. He gives more to charity than any of the other candidates by a long shot. He had a conversation with a group of business students and he talked about the emotional turmoil of losing ones business and losing ones job. He definitely understands.

WornoutRepublican

As a SC Republican, we've learned that Democrats have a united strategy to cause chaos and havoc in the Republican Primary. They are pushing for Gingrich so they don't have to face Romney - the strongest candidate according to polls. In our primary, which was an open election, many Dems confirmed that they voted for Gingrich. It is obvious that many of these posts and others in prominent papers are being posted by Democrats posing as supporters for Gingrich. Trying to help sway voters. Gingrich will be a disaster....putting a space station on the Moon by the end of his second term? Are you kidding me? He's a freak, egomaniac.

Mr Gill

You certainly do sound like a worn out Republican with that. Do you ever think the reason the Dems act like they are against Romney is because that is exactly who they want to run against? The GOP loves their puppets and power just as much as the DEMS do and that's why the all out assualt on Newt this week. The GOP fears that the voters will not choose their McSame Romney and end up with a guy that they can not control and may actually work for the people instead of the party. I sure hope you Floridians wake up and smell the coffee on Tuesday about Romney and vote for anyone but him.

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