Sweltering heat, protesters and key-lime pie cupcakes greeted former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday when he campaigned in Miami's West Kendall suburb for congressional hopeful Carlos Curbelo.
"It's nice to be out campaigning for other people," Romney told reporters at Vicky Bakery, where he went behind the serving counter to try the cupcakes. He appeared relaxed in jeans, shirt-sleeves and a loose tie.
When asked if he would consider a third presidential run, he said, "No, I'm not doing that."
The Obama administration, Romney said, "has a good heart but doesn't understand what's needed to get America working for the middle class."
Romney had already endorsed Curbelo. The brief campaign appearance preceded an evening Coconut Grove fundraiser for the Miami-Dade School Board member, who's running in the 26th congressional district GOP primary along with Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe Martinez, attorney Lorenzo Palomares-Starbuck and ex-Congressman David Rivera.
Democrats have ignored the other candidates and instead focused on Curbelo, the presumed frontrunner in the race to challenge incumbent Joe Garcia. The party organized a group of about 20 demonstrators outside the bakery. They brought back chants from the 2012 presidential campaign, including "We are the 47 percent." At one point, a Curbelo supporter yelled at them, in Spanish: "Comunistas!"
Photo credit: Charles Trainor Jr., Miami Herald staff