Bondi says GOP, romney are not anti-women
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi didn't mention Todd Akin's comments from last week about "legitimate rape." But in a speech before the Florida delegation Tuesday, Bondi said any talk from Democrats about how the Republicans aren't supportive of women is nonsense, and she asked conservative women to put a stop to it. "When people say our party isn't pro-women, it's just ridiculous," Bondi said. "Under President Barack Obama, 401,000 women have lost their jobs. It's about jobs. We have to keep going out and spread the word." Bondi said she had been on TV 10 times this week saying as much, and asked women in the audience to counter the Democrats. "I'm sick and tired of hearing that Mitt Romney isn't pro-women," Bondi said.
Jennifer Carroll announces roll call
During the state-by-state roll call at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll announced that the state cast all 50 votes for Mitt Romney. She did so after calling for a moment of silence for people enduring Hurricane Isaac. "Florida is the Sunshine State — well, most times," Carroll said. She put in a plug for Gov. Rick Scott, "who has shown America that Florida knows how to prepare and respond to hurricanes and provide hospitality to our visitors." Carroll said Florida was the first major state where Romney won a primary. Not mentioned was that the Florida delegation was cut to half its size because state Republican leaders voted to defy national party rules and move up the date of the state's presidential primary.
Macks want fewer taxes, regulations
The Macks may not always agree at home, but they do when they're sitting on a panel. U.S. Senate candidate Connie Mack and California congresswoman Mary Bono Mack appeared Tuesday afternoon with Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on an economic development luncheon on Harbour Island, just above Jackson's restaurant. How to solve unemployment? Cut taxes, reduce spending and eliminate regulations. What to do about the housing situation? Get rid of new regulations that put restrictions on community lenders. Atwater, meanwhile, was asked why he thought Gov. Rick Scott was so unpopular in the state. Atwater said he thinks Scott angered a small portion of people with his spending cuts but hasn't been able to get out his "story" of reducing taxes and spending in the state. "Rick Scott is going to do just fine in the state of Florida," he said. Asked if Scott would run for re-election, Atwater said, "You bet he is. And we're all behind him."
Romney rally set in Lakeland
Mitt Romney flew into Tampa on Tuesday with his wife, Ann, but he'll leave Wednesday for a rally in Indianapolis, the campaign announced. He'll then return to Florida to accept the Republican nomination Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. On Friday, Romney and Paul Ryan will attend a Republican National Convention farewell "victory" rally at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, the campaign also announced Tuesday. The farewell event is expected to begin at 10 a.m.
Michael Van Sickler, Steve Bousquet and Jodie Tillman, Times staff writers