Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The presumptive GOP nominee hit four issues particularly hard in Pinellas County in January.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee after Rick Santorum bowed out of the race Tuesday afternoon, according to a report in The Huffington Post. For Pinellas County, that could mean a renewed focus on the following four issues: Romney focused on those four issues in a Pinellas campaign stop before the Florida primary in January. (See Romney's 12-minute speech at the Dunedin rally in the video above.) Romney went on to win the state primary, with 49 percent of the vote in Pinellas County. That was more than double his nearest rival at the time, Newt Gingrich, who got 24 percent of the vote. Santorum came in third in Pinellas County, with 14.85 percent.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Republicans from across Pinellas County weigh in on the challenges facing the party in the November general election.
On Tuesday, voters in Florida chose Mitt Romney as the man they want to face President Barack Obama in November. Romney received 46 percent of the vote compared with Newt Gingrich's 31 percent. Former Sen. Rick Santorum earned 13 percent of the vote, and Rep. Ron Paul earned 7 percent, according to state election returns. Though the primary in Florida is finished, some party members say a Republican president is anything but guaranteed. Pinellas Republicans expressed their doubts and concerns with the party, as well as ways they believe it can triumph. Watch our video to hear what they said.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Mitt Romney earned a convincing victory over Newt Gingrich and other Republican nominees in Florida's Presidential Preference Primary.
Mitt Romney won the Florida Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday, earning the state's 50 delegates and distancing himself from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the Republican front-runner for 2012. The Associated Press projected Romney's commanding victory shortly after 8 p.m., when the final polls closed in Florida's Panhandle. The former Massachusetts governor had taken 46 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Gingrich after returns from 99 percent of the polls were in. Rick Santorum had 13 percent, and Ron Paul 7 percent. "Florida, you're the best," a victorious Romney told a crowd gathered at his primary night celebration at the downtown Tampa Convention Center. In Pinellas County, Romney took 49 percent of the vote, more …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Local viewers had mixed opinions about the winner of tonight's GOP debate.
As political pundits spin their ideas on who won tonight’s Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, viewers from the Tampa Bay area offered their own opinions. “To me, it comes across as quite a bit of a draw,” said Josh Burgin, treasurer for the Hillsborough County Republican Party. After Newt Gingrich’s win in the South Carolina Primary, “Romney is trying to get in there, and he’s definitely on the full attack.” Burgin said that he didn’t have a favorite candidate or see a clear winner in tonight’s debate, which took place on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa. “I’ll be tuning in again … It’s by no means finished business.” Central Pasco Republican Club vice president Sandy Graves did have a favorite going into tonight’s …
Although they hurled personal attacks at each other, Republican presidential candidates seemed to have similar ideas on decreasing foreclosures.
The federal government should be less involved in the housing crisis, according to all four Republican presidential candidates. During a debate at the University of South Florida (USF) Monday night, each candidate said that before the housing bubble burst, owning a home in the United States was too easy. According to CNBC, Florida is the sixth in the nation in housing foreclosures. One in every 396 households is in foreclosure. “You have to get government out of the mess,” said Mitt Romney. The housing market isn’t going to improve unless the employment rate improves, Romney said. The way to help those facing foreclosure is to help the economy. Later in the debate, Romney said President Barack Obama doesn’t understand how to improve the …
Small groups of pro and anti-Republicans are breaking into song on the University of South Florida campus.
As the candidates duke it out in the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, people who have gathered outside are breaking into chants. The songs being sung, however, have very different tunes. "All night, all day, Occupy Tampa Bay," sang one small group of Occupy Tampa supporters that gathered near the viewing tent. Meanwhile, Ron Paul supporters are marching to the beat of a very different drum. "Bring us back our constitution. Ron Paul revolution," is the song Paul's fans are currently singing on the University of South Florida campus. Which tune, if any, do you agree with?
If the election were today, which candidate would you pick?
As all eyes turn to the Tampa Bay area for tonight’s Republican Presidential Candidates Debate at the University of South Florida, we want to know which candidate you favor. If the presidential election were today, would you vote for President Obama? Would you cast your vote for one of the Republican hopefuls? Let us know by taking our poll or sharing your thoughts in the comments section. Don’t forget to stay with Patch for live coverage of tonight’s debate.
All four Republican presidential candidates have said they will participate in Monday’s debate in Tampa.
The Republican Presidential Candidates Debate takes place at 9 p.m. today at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and all four qualifying candidates will be there. According to Mark Lukasiewicz, senior vice president of specials for NBC News, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have all confirmed their attendance. “Florida has often been the stage for history in politics — we look forward to hosting a substantive and stimulating forum for the candidates to make their case to the voters in this crucial state and the whole country,” Lukasiewicz said in a statement issued Saturday. NBC will air the debate live beginning at 9 p.m. It will be the first weekday primetime airing of a primary debate on a broadcast network …
A look at the Republican candidates' visits around the Tampa Bay area leading up to the Jan. 31 Florida Presidential Preference Primary, plus other key events.
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