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Rick Scott, Pam Bondi expected to join Donald Trump in Tampa Saturday

Donald Trump's campaign is putting together plans for a rally at the Tampa Convention Center Saturday. Among those expected to join the presumptive nominee for the 11 a.m. event in Tampa  are Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Republican National Committeewoman Sharon Day. Look for an endorsement from Dena DeCamp, president of the Florida Federation of Republican Women.

Details on how to obtain tickets have not yet been released, though it is usually through 

Tampa Convention Center director Rick Hamilton said the campaign has booked the east hall on the third floor of the convention center, but Hamilton assumes that, as in the past, it will need some additional rooms as well. Trump held a rally at the Tampa Convention Center  in a room that fit only about 1,000 people on March 14, the day before he overwhelmingly won Florida's presidential primary. In February, he drew more than 10,000 people to a rally at the USF Sun Dome.

Tampa Bay, where Hillary Clinton's campaign is about to open a statewide headquarters, is home to about one in four Florida voters and likely to be the top battleground between the presumptive nominees.

"Mr. Trump has developed some of the most iconic assets and created thousands of jobs in Florida and employs hundreds of people. He is tremendously grateful for the support he received during the primary and looks forward to a running a very strong general election campaign in the state he considers his second home," said Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks.

Valentina Pereda, Florida press secretary for the Clinton campaign said, It's becoming increasingly clear that Donald Trump’s career was about scamming Americans and his campaign is about dividing them. He is unfit and unqualified to be president. Floridians can’t afford Donald Trump’s America—from his fraudulent plans to prey on those who need help to his racist attacks and insults."


[Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 5:35pm]


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