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Newly confident Romney rallies thousands in St. Petersburg



ST. PETERSBURG — A newly confident Mitt Romney returned to Florida on Friday and picked up where he left off at the first presidential debate, attacking President Barack Obama on taxes, spending and regulation.

"I enjoyed that debate a couple of nights ago," Romney said as the crowd of about 6,000 people drowned him out with laughs and applause. "That was a great experience."

He spoke for 19 minutes before a backdrop of a setting sun over Tampa Bay, making the case that the sitting president has failed to keep his promises and is ill-equipped to solve the nation's economic maladies. The words on a rug under Romney's feet as he spoke: "Florida victory."

"I will not raise taxes on small business, and I will not raise taxes on middle-income families," said Romney. (full story here)

[Last modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 11:33pm]


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