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Home sweet Florida home for Mitt Romney?

With so many top national Republicans having homes in Florida, why not Mitt Romney, too? Yesterday, in Jacksonville he suggested he and his wife considered a home there. From the LA Times:

During the course of the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney has proudly claimed his roots as native Michigander, a Bostonian (who is unfailingly loyal to the Red Sox), a summer resident of New Hampshire and, of course, a part-time Californian when he escapes to his beachfront home in La Jolla.

 But he surprised some members of his audience Thursday at a brewery in Jacksonville when he mentioned that they had considered putting a new coastal destination on that list: the mighty swing state of Florida. “You know my wife – I wish she were here today. ... She has said someday, who knows, we might move to Florida. You never know.  Someday, way down the road.”

 “We had the chance during the primaries to be able to go all over the country and see a lot of places, and she said 'You know what? If we are going to move, one place I love [is] Jacksonville, Florida,’” Romney told the crowd, which cheered. “She knows a good thing when she sees it.”

 Later, on his charter flight from Jacksonville to West Palm Beach, a reporter asked Romney what he and his wife found most appealing about Jacksonville. "We love California," he replied. "But there are attractions to Florida. It has the right tax rates, among others."

[Last modified: Friday, May 18, 2012 8:08am]


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