TAMPA, FL — I’m here at an auditorium in the Moffitt Cancer Center, wating for Mitt Romney to take the stage.
This morning, I got to attend a Romney event in Sarasota, where he spoke to the professional school Keiser University. With his new “Economic Turnaround” banner in the background and his sleeves rolled up, he discussed the problems with employment, the volatile stock market, and the general sense of “economic squeeze.” He emphasized his Massachusetts health care plan and promised “we’ll get everybody insured.” No talk of social issues.
This is a clearly a persona that fits Romney much more comfortably, because it’s basically who he is–a moderate Republican businessman who believes that when competently managed, the government can help solve people’s problems.
Best of all for Romney, is that there wasn’t much in the speech that leaves him open for attack as a flip-flopper.
The crowd, by the way, was a few hundred people, many of them students, and it overflowed into the hallway. He was well received, but I haven’t seen other candidates in the state yet, so I have no basis for comparisson.
The auditorium at the current event, by the way, is filling up with lots of medical workers at the center here.