BRANDON — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi encouraged female supporters of Mitt Romney, at a "Women for Mitt" rally Friday afternoon, to continue spreading the word.
"We've got to do everything we can to protect our country," Bondi said. "It's the yard signs, it's the phone calls."
Earlier this week, Bondi traveled the state with the presidential hopeful. In less than two weeks, she'll speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
"You can kind of guess what I will be speaking on," she said. "I think I know a little bit about Obamacare. ... I just gave a little bit away."
She travels to Roanoke, Va., today to kick off another chapter of the "Women for Mitt" group.
A key message to get out: Romney does support women, she said.
"He wants to help women, as does Paul Ryan" Bondi said. "There has been a lot of negative ads by the opposition but Gov. Romney is focused on being positive."
Also attending the event at Romney's Oakfield Drive campaign office were state Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, state Sen. Ronda Storms and Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman.
"We are on the right road for women," Young said. "We are ready to reverse some of the negative policies that are bad for women."
Lauren Schenone, one of the youngest women at the rally at 18, is an intern with the Romney campaign and a Florida State University freshman. She said she supports many of Romney's proposals, even ones deemed controversial by other young, women voters.
"His pro-life stance is very important to me," she said. She also agrees with his views on contraception.
Judy Wise, 67, a Romney supporter from Plant City, said that women are concerned about many of the same things as men, including national debt.
"(Ryan's) plan is a better plan than Obama's," she said. "I love America and I don't want anymore of this huge debt."
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