Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Tri-Par Estates resident Mike Peters is picking Mitt Romney because he thinks Romney can beat President Barack Obama.
Tri-Par Estates resident Mike Peters tries to vote in every election he can. "I vote for everything," he said. "I don't even care if it's a dog catcher." That's a lot of dog catchers, as he has tried to vote ever since he got out of the service in 1973. His wife, however, isn't much for voting. "She says they all lie," Peters said. "She's not the only one who doesn't believe them all." Today, Peters' only voting task was for Republican presidential candidates. Peters, 58, says "the economy really stinks" and is voting for "somebody who can beat Obama." With that, his choice is Mitt Romney. For the most part. "Gingrich can't beat Obama, Santorum can't beat 'em," he said. "But you know what? Ron Paul would probably be my second choice if …
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Rick Santorum's rally in Sarasota began with a moment of silence for his hospitalized daughter Bella.Santorum canceled his appearance at the event to be with his daughter in Philadelphia.
Despite Rick Santorum's canceled appearance at his rally Sunday afternoon due to the hospitalization of his youngest daughter, the rally wasn't Santorum-less. His daughter Elizabeth Santorum spoke for roughly two minutes and signed autographs and posed for pictures at the Republican presidential candidate's Sarasota grassroots rally at Dolphin Aviation in Manatee County. Elizabeth Santorum said her father wished he could be in Sarasota, but his family obligation comes first. "My dad today is exercising his most important role, which is being a dad," she said, drawing applause and cheers from the audience. Rick Santorum's 3-year-old daughter Bella, was hospitalized Saturday in Philadelphia due to pneumonia, and she suffers from a rare …
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum canceled his Sarasota appearance Sunday to tend to ailing daughter, but his rally will go on.
This article has been updated to report that Rick Santorum's appearance is canceled. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has canceled his appearance at a Sunday afternoon rally at Dolphin Aviation, but the rally will go on as scheduled, according to the Sarasota County Republican Club. The Associated Press reported Saturday that Santorum's "Meet The Press" appearance on NBC is canceled for Sunday along with a church service in Miami, but his Sarasota and Punta Gorda appearances were not initially canceled. The Sarasota GOP sent out an e-mail update at 10:26 a.m. Sunday saying Santorum will stay behind to be with his daughter Isabella, who is 3 years old and suffers from Trisomy-18 — a genetic defect giving her an extra …
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?
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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Friday, January 20, 2012
Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum will stop in Sarasota on Jan. 29 and supporters are readying for his arrival.
Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum will stop in Sarasota on Jan. 29 and supporters gathered Thursday at his Florida campaign headquarters in Sarasota to prepare for his arrival. Jesse Biter, a Sarasota entrepreneur and Pennsylvania native, was named Santorum's Florida campaign chairman on Jan. 13, and made Sarasota the campaign's headquarters the same day. Santorum is scheduled to appear for a rally at Dolphin Aviation on Jan. 29. Tickets are free and are available through Sarasotagop.com. Here's a little info on Biter from TampaBay.com, which has details on the campaign team: "Florida Rick Santorum for President Chairman: Jesse Biter will serves as Florida Chairman of the Rick Santorum for President campaign. Biter is the …