Wednesday, November 7, 2012
As President Barack Obama prepares for another four years, we want to hear your thoughts on the direction of the country.
The votes have been counted–in most states–and the speeches made. Gov. Mitt Romney had to concede and President Barack Obama gets to celebrate victory. Now it’s time to look ahead to the next four years and the challenges we face, not as Democrats, Republicans or Independents, but as Americans. That’s where you come in Tampa Bay! We want to hear your thoughts on the obstacles our country faces and your ideas for tackling them. What are your hopes for the next four years? What concerns do you have? What problems are America’s biggest? How would you solve them if you were president? Share your thoughts, ideas and solutions in the comments section.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has carried Pasco County.
The results are in and Pasco County has named its choice for the White House. Former Gov. Mitt Romney has taken the county with 52.5 percent of the vote. A total of 110,563 ballots were cast in Romney’s favor within Pasco County. Democratic President Barack Obama came in second with 96,360 ballots cast in his favor, which works out to 45.81 percent, according to the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office. While Romney won’t gain any precious electoral votes from Pasco County alone, he can say he carried the county. The county has traditionally voted Republican in presidential races. In 2008, Pasco voters favored Republican challenger John McCain, giving him 51.07 percent, or 110,104 of the votes cast. Obama garnered 102,417 or 47.51 …
A Romney supporter changes his mind after a phone call.
Craig King of Land O' Lakes was going to vote for Gov. Mitt Romney. Then, something changed his mind. Or rather, someone. King's grandmother called him recently. Her health is failing, and she's having a hard time paying for her own care, she told him. Then she asked him to vote for President Barack Obama, because he "could help her more," he said. "That was the deciding factor," King, 20, said. The lifelong Land O' Lakes resident brought his daughter, Jollissa, 3, to the Recreation Complex to vote Tuesday afternoon. And who did she vote for? "Daddy!" Jollissa said.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign rally in Tampa Wednesday drew both supporters and protesters to Landmark Aviation.
Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign rally in Tampa Oct. 31 brought thousands of people from all over the Bay area to Landmark Aviation on Westshore Boulevard. Some came to show their support for the Republican presidential nominee; others attended to protest. Click through the gallery to see images from the rally. If you made the drive from Land O' Lakes, add your photos, too!
An admitted political junkie, 14-year-old Sergio Calderon came to Wednesday's Romney rally with his stepfather, Steve Dale.
Wesley Chapel High School student Sergio Calderon may be a bit more appreciative of America's freedoms than the usual 14-year-old. That's because he's only been an American citizen for two years. He and his mother immigrated from Peru. And, although he didn't have to take the citizenship test to become a citizen due to his age, he quizzed his mother before she took her test. That process sparked an interest in the political process, said Calderon's stepfather, Steve Dale, of Wesley Chapel. "He went through the entire citizenship process with his mother so they could become legal citizens," said Dale. "That's where he learned a lot about our government." To encourage his stepson's interest, Dale decided to take Calderon to a political rally…
Gov. Mitt Romney expounded on his 5-point plan during a speech in Tampa Wednesday. Notables in the crowd included former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, a Democrat.
Gov. Mitt Romney Romney took the stage to a roar of applause just before 11 a.m. Wednesday in front of a crowd of thousands who waited in a chilly airplane hangar for the presidential candidate’s arrival in Tampa. Wearing a black-and-white striped tie and his sleeves rolled up, Romney looked more informal than in previous appearances. “My view is straight forward, I believe this is the time for America to take a different course,” Romney told the crowd. “With 23 million Americans struggling to find a good job, this is something that requires a different path than we've been on. “I will bring real change,” Romney said. “Real reform." Wednesday’s Tampa stop is among a trifecta of Florida visits for the presidential candidate who will be …
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is addressing a crowd at Landmark Aviation in Tampa this morning.
For the second time in less than a week, Gov. Mitt Romney is on stage in the Tampa Bay area. Romney began addressing a crowd at Tampa’s Landmark Aviation a short while ago. "My view is straight forward," he told the Tampa crowd. "I believe this is the time for America to take a different course; a turning point for our country. With 23 million Americans struggling to find a good job, this is something that requires a different path than we've been on. "I will bring real change. Real reform." During Saturday’s visit in Land O’ Lakes, Romney told a crowd of an estimated 15,000 that America was ready for a change. “This is happening all over the country," Romney said to the crowd in Land O’ Lakes. “People are coming together that want change…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Gov. Mitt Romney is making a Halloween morning appearance in Tampa.
Are you making the drive to Westshore Boulevard to see Gov. Mitt Romney live? If so, there are some things you need to know in advance of the Republican presidential nominee’s Oct. 31 arrival. Tickets Are Required There’s no charge to hear Romney speak at Landmark Aviation, 2450 N. Westshore Blvd., tomorrow. You will need a ticket though. Tickets are available on the Romney campaign website. They can also be picked up at the following locations: South Tampa Victory Office Brandon Victory Office Temple Terrace Victory Office Security Information Even with a ticket, attendees can anticipate having to clear some pretty tight security to get into Wednesday’s event. “All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few …
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is coming to Tampa on Halloween.
Want to see Gov. Mitt Romney live in Tampa on Halloween morning? According to the Romney campaign, there’s still time to get your hands on a free ticket for the 10:45 a.m. Oct. 31 event. Wednesday’s “Victory Rally,” takes place at Landmark Aviation, 2450 N. Westshore Blvd., in Tampa. It’s Romney’s second Tampa Bay area appearance in less than a week. Romney spoke to a crowd of an estimated 15,000 in Land O’ Lakes on Saturday. In addition to Romney, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Congressman Connie Mack are expected to appear. Free tickets for the event are available on the Romney website. They can also be picked up in person at the following locations: South Tampa Victory Office Brandon Victory Office Temple …
With Election Day just a week away, we want to hear from you!
Next week at this time people throughout the United States will turn out at the polls to have their say on who occupies the Oval Office for the next four years. With the election just around the corner, we wanted to check in with you, Tampa Bay, to see who has your support for the job. Will you vote for President Barack Obama to retain his seat? Is Gov. Mitt Romney your man? Maybe you’re throwing your support behind a third-party candidate? Whatever the case, we want to hear your thoughts. Back on Oct. 1, we asked you the same questions. In our unofficial poll of Patch readers, Romney took the lead. Out of 296 votes cast in our poll, the former Massachusetts governor took 169, or 57 percent of the vote. Obama had 115 votes cast in his …