September 20th, 2010
10:48 AM ET
13 years ago

2012 Watch: Romney to make stop in Florida

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Romney will campaign in Florida for Gov. Rick Scott."](CNN) – Mitt Romney's dizzying campaign schedule ahead of the 2010 midterm elections will take the former Massachusetts governor to Florida for a rally on behalf of GOP gubernatorial nominee Rick Scott.

Romney and Scott will appear on October 1 at the Villages – a massive retirement community in central Florida that was a popular campaign stop in the 2008 presidential election.

Scott, a former health care industry executive, spent approximately $50 million of his own funds to beat establishment pick Bill McCollum in the GOP primary. He now faces Democrat Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer in what is amounting to a tight race. Of course, a Republican win of the Statehouse in November could greatly aide the eventual GOP presidential nominee come 2012 – when Florida will again likely play a key role in determining the next White House occupant.

Romney's planned foray to the Sunshine State is part of the Massachusetts Republican's previously-announced tour to 25 states over the next ten weeks as he considers his own presidential ambitions ahead of the midterms.

Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. rs

    The irony is that while Romney might well represent the most (generally) electable Republican in 2012, he will have long been banished by the Republican/Tea Party purists, and will be called a RINO. If Romney pushes his image to the right (like denouncing his own Universal Healthcare Plan from Mass.), he will make himself un-electable.

    September 20, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. MrAmerica

    wow, let me drop all I'm doing to go listen to two people pander for money while they show they are clueless and don't have the slightest clue what is best for Florida or this country.

    September 20, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. GI Joe

    I won't vote for a satan worshiper or a Mormon. Period. Satan is obvious, worshipping a man named SMITH just doesn't sit well with me.

    September 20, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. a in austin

    Rick Scott is so corrupt. I'm sure he won't have any problems screwing the voters/residents of Florida. I'm surprised he can look anybody in the eye – no guilt for frauding the government for millions.

    September 20, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Adalbert

    He is wasting his money.

    September 20, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Rush Goebbels

    This clown just doesnt get it ,nobody wants him,period.

    September 20, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. ChumBucket

    Question for Democrats....

    What President has rung up the National Debt to its highest level, by far, in American history?

    hint..... It's not G.W. Bush.

    What party was in control of the budget, and spending policies, (congress) that saw the economy collapse?

    hint....... not the tea party or the republicans.

    September 20, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. scott

    You couldn't make this stuff up. Combine these two Morons with the Ebay Billionaire in California and you get the GOP Billionaires club who want to buy their way into office. These Idiots will collectively have spent over a 1/4 BILLION dollars to get jobs that pay $180,000 and $400,00 (Romney). And Taxpayers are supposed to belive they'll make sound judgements and be fiscal hawks?
    God, the GOP rank and file are gullible!

    September 20, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Marty, FL

    Why would Romney want to associate with Scott's largest Medicare fraud in history? Not smart.

    Alex Sink is a much better choice, and she has support from all political affiliations in Florida.

    iViva Alex!

    September 20, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Ben in Texas

    I'm thinking about a dream ticket for the GOBP in 2012, and this one comes to mind: Romney/O'Donnell. Can you imagine the fundamentalists voting for a Mormon cultist and a witch?

    But, you say, O'Donnell only "dabbled" (or maybe, "diable'd", as in diabolo) in witchcraft. Well, by that standard, President Obama "dabbled" in Islam as a child. If you don't believe that O'Donnell is still a witch, then you can hardly believe that Obama is a Muslim.

    September 20, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. diridi

    Florida, This guy is a crazy thug from GOP aspiring Presidency....GOP robbed and messed this nation. This guy has no morale, no ethics, no standards, nothing. Do not listen to this biggest idiot. I am an educated one, telling. God bless the nation, the USA!!!!! He nags on health care, and financial regulation reform. I think, we need to hire more PAs into medicine instead of hiring foreign doctors from India. Hospitals are still playing nasty drama and complaining. Hire more PAs, they are the best doctors. Hire NPs in medicine. It reduces some financial burdens. listen, these PAs, (Physician Assistants) are the "Best" doctors.

    September 20, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. carlos

    if that pathetic man comes here to Florida, for sure it will boost the chances of winning for Alex Sink and Kendrick Meek.......obviously the mitt identifies with the fraudster scott......milking billions from the government.......

    Fellow democrats, liberals, republicans, moderates, independents and latinos vote for ALEX SINK and KENDRICK MEEK because if you vote for any repugnant LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE, PRAY and DANCE like tomorrow is not guaranteed.....

    September 20, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. carlos

    seniors, like me, at that central Florida retirement community be careful with these two repugnants, they will take your social security money away from you because......they are rich and think they deserve it........BE VERY CAREFUL, they do not give a hoot about you and me and the middle class, our children and women.

    reject every simpleton will make feel a lot better

    September 20, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Bill NY

    I can see it now, a pizza in every pot!

    September 20, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. My Dog Told Me That Mitt Put His Dog on the Hood of His Car . . .

    And drove to New Hampshire for vacation.

    Dog lovers hate Mitt.

    September 20, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. HeyHey

    Nobody will elect Romney because the imaginary sky fairies he believes in are different than the imaginary sky fairies most Americans believe in.

    September 20, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. The Tea Party is another Koch Brothers Product

    Poor dude must have his shorts on backwards.

    September 20, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |