TAMPA — I caught a Mitt Romney rally here held in the same convention center ballroom as John McCain’s last night. The McCain crowd was several times larger, though I’m not sure how much you can read into that since the Romney event was held at the beginning of the work day.The crowd that did show up was enthusiastic, breaking into chants of “Mitt is it!” on several occasions, and there were a few homemade “Mitt Romney Is A Hottie” signs.
Romney brought his whole family to the rally, and each of his sons, as well as Ann, spoke briefly as he looked on, holding one of his grandchildren.
The speech was largely the same as the one he has given in recent days–that he’s the best one to manage the economy because of his private sector experiences. Though, this time, he did mention national security briefly, in the context of oftering post-SOTU praise for President Bush for “keeping us safe.”