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What they're saying about Tampa and the 2012 Republican National Convention

What they're saying

Reaction to Tampa being named the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention:

"We got it!"

RNC secretary Sharon Day, a Floridian, as she danced out of the closed-door meeting at a convention center outside Washington, D.C.

"We're taking our place in history."

Norwood Smith, vice president of sales for Tampa Bay & Co., among the Floridians who went to Maryland for the decision

"Florida is a perennial – and critical – presidential battleground state. Officials said the Phoenix bid was complicated by the high temperatures in August and the recent debate over the state's new immigration law. Having the convention in Salt Lake City was seen as doing little to build the party, officials said, considering that Utah is a solidly Republican state."

New York Times' "Caucus" blog

"No, no. It was a business decision. . . . Tampa stepped up big."

RNC chairman Michael Steele, when asked by reporters if Arizona's new illegal immigration law was a factor in Phoenix getting edged out by Tampa.

"It helps our economy. It's a great boost to not only Tampa Bay, but frankly the whole state. It'll yet again put a spotlight on the prettiest state on the planet."

Gov. Charlie Crist

"Al Austin led an impressive group of bay area business and community leaders that ran a first-rate campaign to bring the convention to Florida. Mayor (Pam) Iorio must also be commended for her support of this important effort."

Attorney General Bill McCollum

"I have full confidence that the candidate our party selects in Tampa will provide Americans with the alternative they have been seeking, and I look forward to attending as Florida's newly-elected U.S. senator."

Marco Rubio, Republican U.S. Senate candidate

"Just as with the Super Bowl, the convention will provide the area with a huge economic boost and allow the rest of the nation to discover everything our community has to offer."

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor

"Tampa will serve as a gorgeous backdrop to showcase Florida, and Republicans and Democrats alike will be the winners as tens of thousands descend on the bay area to enjoy our world class beaches, restaurants and other attractions. The eyes of the world will be focused on our state for this historic convention."

U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Bartow

"Republicans holding their convention in Florida only highlights the great strides Democrats have made there, how Republican rule in the state has moved Florida backward and the disarray, scandal and infighting that characterizes the Republican Party of Florida today."

Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse

"As the gateway to the I-4 corridor, Tampa plays a pivotal role in presidential elections. The saying 'as goes the I-4 corridor, so goes Florida' should be amended to add, 'as goes Tampa Bay, so goes the I-4 corridor'."

Tampa Republican Club

"It's a convention. Anytime there's a convention, the clubs do well. Some of them frequent clubs everywhere they go. Some of them are curious because it's the Mons Venus. I promise I won't tell anybody when they come into the club."

Joe Redner, owner of the Mons Venus strip club

"We got it!"

RNC secretary Sharon Day, a Floridian, as she danced out of the closed-door meeting at a convention center outside Washington, D.C.

"We're taking our place in history."

Norwood Smith, vice president of sales for Tampa Bay & Co., among the Floridians who went to Maryland for the decision

"Florida is a perennial – and critical – presidential battleground state. Officials said the Phoenix bid was complicated by the high temperatures in August and the recent debate over the state's new immigration law. Having the convention in Salt Lake City was seen as doing little to build the party, officials said, considering that Utah is a solidly Republican state."

New York Times' "Caucus" blog

"No, no. It was a business decision. . . . Tampa stepped up big."

RNC chairman Michael Steele, when asked by reporters if Arizona's new illegal immigration law was a factor in Phoenix getting edged out by Tampa.

"It helps our economy. It's a great boost to not only Tampa Bay, but frankly the whole state. It'll yet again put a spotlight on the prettiest state on the planet."

Gov. Charlie Crist

"Al Austin led an impressive group of bay area business and community leaders that ran a first-rate campaign to bring the convention to Florida. Mayor (Pam) Iorio must also be commended for her support of this important effort."

Attorney General Bill McCollum

"I have full confidence that the candidate our party selects in Tampa will provide Americans with the alternative they have been seeking, and I look forward to attending as Florida's newly-elected U.S. senator."

Marco Rubio, Republican U.S. Senate candidate

"Just as with the Super Bowl, the convention will provide the area with a huge economic boost and allow the rest of the nation to discover everything our community has to offer."

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor

"Tampa will serve as a gorgeous backdrop to showcase Florida, and Republicans and Democrats alike will be the winners as tens of thousands descend on the bay area to enjoy our world class beaches, restaurants and other attractions. The eyes of the world will be focused on our state for this historic convention."

U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Bartow

"Republicans holding their convention in Florida only highlights the great strides Democrats have made there, how Republican rule in the state has moved Florida backward and the disarray, scandal and infighting that characterizes the Republican Party of Florida today."

Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse

"As the gateway to the I-4 corridor, Tampa plays a pivotal role in presidential elections. The saying 'as goes the I-4 corridor, so goes Florida' should be amended to add, 'as goes Tampa Bay, so goes the I-4 corridor'."

Tampa Republican Club

"It's a convention. Anytime there's a convention, the clubs do well. Some of them frequent clubs everywhere they go. Some of them are curious because it's the Mons Venus. I promise I won't tell anybody when they come into the club."

Joe Redner, owner of the Mons Venus strip club

What they're saying about Tampa and the 2012 Republican National Convention 05/12/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 11:08pm]
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