Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Romney Visits with Economy in Mind; Ex-Massachusetts Governor Continues to Tout Issue

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Romney Visits with Economy in Mind; Ex-Massachusetts Governor Continues to Tout Issue

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Byline: CHARLIE PATTON

Riding the momentum of an impressive win in the Nevada caucuses earlier in the day, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney launched a campaign swing through Florida with an appearance before an overflow crowd at the University of North Florida on Saturday night.

More than 750 people filled a room at the University Center to hear the Republican presidential candidate promise to bring change and fix a broken Washington.

It was a particularly impressive turnout on a night of heavy rains and tornado warnings.

Earlier in the afternoon, while speaking to reporters at Jacksonville International Airport, Romney attributed his showing in Nevada, as well as his primary win in Michigan on Tuesday, to voters having "heard our message for change."

Romney talked mostly about the economy during the airport news conference.

He said the issue was clearly uppermost in voters' minds, especially in Michigan.

"The economy is going to be front and center here in Florida as well," he said.

Romney emphasized that his experience in the private sector running several businesses, as well as the 2002 Olympics, gave him better preparation than other candidates.

Early in the day, his campaign sent out a press release outlining a proposed economic stimulus plan. It called for dropping the lowest tax rate from 10 percent to 7.5 percent, providing tax relief to corporations investing in new equipment, and loosening regulations so that the Federal Housing Administration can guarantee more loans and thus reduce foreclosure rates.

During his brief airport news conference, he said he would like to see the plan "enacted within the next 30 days," which could "avert a recession."

However, he wasn't asked and didn't explain how a plan devised by someone who does not currently hold office could be enacted that quickly. …

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