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Live blogging the final day of Presidency 5



4:40 p.m. Pens are being distributed as voting set to begin.

3:30 p.m. Rick Perry surrogate Michael Williams on stage, saying Perry's immigration record has been distorted. "He has opposed amnesty. He fought against sanctuary cities," and paid to secure border when federal government would not. "No illegal immigrant in the state of Texas has received a handout for a free college education."

Then a glitzy, dramatic Perry ad was shown.

dscn0129.jpg3:10 p.m. Jon Huntsman's wife and three daughters on stage pitching the candidate, who is not here. Mary Kaye Huntsman, who is from Orlando, names off Florida cities. She touts his electability, saying he draws Republicans, independents and "Reagan Democrats."

Again mentions Florida and spells it out for good measure - F-L-O-R-I-D-A. Then Jeb Bush Jr. introduced him in a video, and mentioned Marco Rubio. Huntsman comes on (via video) and mentions wife is from Florida. Says cannot afford four more years of Obama.dscn0128.jpg

2:50 p.m. Newt Gingrich comes out to Rocky theme song (as he did two previous speeches here). "How many of you also believe we need to defeat Bill Nelson?" Asks crowd to be with him for "eight years." Says he should have answered question during Thursday's debate about running mate.

Marco Rubio, of course. "Can you imagine Marco Rubio debating Joe Biden? I mean the contrast between American common sense and liberal nonsense would be so big."

2:30 p.m. Rick Santorum: "This is the most important election in your lifetime. This is an election where the heart of America is at stake."dscn0120.jpg

Says "folks in Florida" need to find someone who can do more than just give a nice speech. Santorum spends much of his stump speech talking about his past elections, how he won (and lost) in a swing state, Pennsylvania.

"If you want someone who will be faithful in doing what they say they are going to do, then please give me the opportunity today with your vote."

2:18 p.m. Herman Cain just got a standing ovation for describing his plan to throw out the dscn0118.jpgtax code and replace it with his 9-9-9 plan. "If we don't get our economy growing, we're going to have a tough time dealing with all the other crisis we face."

"Let's send a message to Washington: We the people are still in charge of this country." To deliver that, he urges delegates to vote for him in straw poll.

Candidates and their surrogates are making final push before today's Presidency 5 straw poll. First up is a representative for Ron Paul, who says lobbyists don't need a path to his door. "Ron Paul's only special interests are the Constitution and you, the taxpayer." Man is trashing FOX/Google debate, saying it focused only on Perry-Romney.

[Last modified: Saturday, September 24, 2011 3:56pm]


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