Current Weather
The Spy FM

Romney’s Florida Co-Chairman Says Win Is Tied To The Economy … And November

Filed by KOSU News in Politics.
February 1, 2012

Mitt Romney’s Florida campaign co-chair says Romney’s stance on the mortgage crisis resonated strongly with Republican voters in the Sunshine State.

“It’s at the epicenter of the problems we’re facing in our economy here,” Tom Lee, who served as president of the Florida Senate and now works in the home-building industry, told NPR’s Ari Shapiro. “If we don’t get housing turned around, we’re not going to get America turned around.”

“We’ve got to get people back to work so they can start paying their mortgages again and get housing back on the uptake,” said Lee.

Early exit polls show the economy was the top issue for more than 60 percent of Florida Republican voters Tuesday, the AP reported. Romney rolled to a 14.5 percentage point victory over Newt Gingrich in the state’s primary.

Lee says the intense battle waged among Republican candidates over the past month will ultimately help Romney if he wins his party’s nomination.

“I think it’s allowed Gov. Romney to address many of the concerns that are going to be expressed by the Democrats in the general election,” says Lee. “I think this is all very healthy and has gotten his name here on the map in the state of Florida.”

Later, in his victory speech, Romney agreed.

“Primary contests are not easy — and they’re not supposed to be,” Romney told supporters in Tampa. “A competitive primary does not divide us. It prepares us. … And when we gather back here in Tampa seven months from now for our convention, ours will be a united party with a winning ticket.”

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, took to Twitter Tuesday night to disagree: “With every passing GOP contest, Romney becomes weaker with key general election swing and independent voters — should he make it that far.” [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Leave a Reply

5AM to 9AM Morning Edition

Morning Edition

For more than two decades, NPR's Morning Edition has prepared listeners for the day ahead with two hours of up-to-the-minute news, background analysis, commentary, and coverage of arts and sports.

Listen Live Now!

9AM to 10AM The Takeaway

The Takeaway

A fresh alternative in morning news, "The Takeaway" provides a breadth and depth of world, national and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media.

View the program guide!

10AM to 11PM On Point

On Point

On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center