Palm Beach Post - Conservative Themes Fill Romney Florida Speech
Wednesday, Sep 19, 2007
"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hammered on conservative themes and slammed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton at a town hall meeting Tuesday evening as he began a two-day visit to Florida.
"More than 200 attendees crammed into the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center about 20 miles southwest of Jacksonville, lining up against the walls when seats were filled for the 'Ask Mitt Anything' event.
"Romney's detailed answers to questions ranging from energy to immigration reform to taxes drew frequent applause from the Clay County crowd composed mostly of campaign workers and local GOP club members. And the 60-year-old former governor of Massachusetts was clearly comfortable, leavening his hour on stage with jokes, then spending 20 minutes afterward shaking hands and signing autographs."
"He said he wants to expand the tax breaks initiated by President Bush by doing away with the estate tax and creating tax-free savings plans for households with less than $200,000 in annual income."
"He said his 25 years of experience as a businessman, including turning around the troubled U.S. Olympic Committee, make him a unique candidate necessary to revive the economy.
"'We need to have somebody who understands how the economy works,' Romney said." ...