Mitt Romney’s recent success in Florida sends him off to Minnesota and Nevada campaigns with an extra step of confidence. Florida’s bitter primary ended with Romney carrying 46% of the vote leaving opponents Newt Gingrich with 32%, Rick Santorum with 13% and 7% for Ron Paul according to the Florida Department of State. This Romney win has revealed him the front-runner in the fight to become the Republican Presidential candidate.
Romney spoke with CNN Wednesday morning claiming the win “feels pretty darn good” adding that “Florida, in some respects, is a microcosm of the nation.”
That is not all Romney had to say, however. When discussing the poor in America the potential candidate declared, “I’m not concerned about the very poor,” he said. “We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90%, 95% of Americans right now who are struggling, and I’ll continue to take that message across the nation.”
The win for Romney isn’t just a morale boost for him and his supporters; it means this Republican will gain all 50 Florida convention delegates.
Do not imagine Romney’s competitors will give up that easy, though. Gingrich used the outcome of the primary to pit himself in the front of the pack claiming it is “now clear this will be a two-person race between the conservative leader Newt Gingrich and the Massachusetts moderate.”
Still, Santorum does not consider himself down for the count either, “Newt Gingrich had his opportunity,” he stated. “He came out of the state of South Carolina; he came out with a big win and a lot of money. He said, ‘I’m going to be the conservative alternative. I’m going to be the anti-Mitt.’ It didn’t work. He became the issue. We can’t allow our nominee to be the issue in the campaign.”
Paul is currently focusing on other state caucuses, including Maine. “We’ve only just started,” he rationalized. He is right; thus far no candidate has over 10% of the delegates needed to win the nomination in August.
When it came to speaking up about the differences between themselves and current President Barack Obama, as would be expected neither Romney nor Gingrich had problems voicing their opinions. “Together we will build an America where hope is a new job with a paycheck, not a faded word on an old bumper,” proclaimed Romney when discussing his promise to balance the budget without altering taxes. “The path I lay out is not one paved with ever-increasing government checks and cradle-to-grave assurance government will always be the solution. If this election is a bidding war for who can promise the most goodies and the most benefits, I'm not your president. You have that president today."