Mitt Romney listens to Tampa Bay residents at housing roundtable
Times photo, Stephen Coddington
Mitt Romney sat down with eight Tampa Bay residents suffering the side effects of a sagging housing market at a round table discussion Monday morning.
As each person recounted their struggles with banks, lenders, mortgages, loans and employment, the Republican presidential candidate expressed his sympathies, calling the accounts "just tragic" and said they "break my heart."
He blamed regulatory laws for paralyzing banks and vowed to focus on job creation if elected.
"The banks are scared to death ... they're feeling the same thing you're feeling," he said to the group at the Sheraton Riverwalk in downtown Tampa.