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ICYMI: Highlights from RNC Conference Call on Obama’s Latest Visit to Florida

- January 19, 2012

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:

“Our President is at it again with yet another taxpayer paid campaign day. He’s starting off the day in Disney World, then heading up to New York City to hang out with Spike Lee and then he’s going to head off to the Apollo Theater. Obviously all very important official duties of the president, paid for by the taxpayer…

“It’s amazing that this president seems to find himself everyday in battleground states across America, paid for by the taxpayers…

“We need to call this visit today what it actually is. It’s a campaign trip to a very important battleground state of Florida where the president, quite frankly, is doing very poorly in the polls at best. Now I know there is nothing wrong with a president campaigning and we’ve seen it before but this president gets the blue ribbon because he doesn’t seem to do anything else but campaign, certainly doesn’t do anything else well except campaign and raise money. And he’s literally been campaigning from day one.

“Yet, millions of Americans are either out of work, not working as much as they want to and certainly not being paid the amounts that they once were being paid. Obama’s goal while he’s in Florida is to right this sinking ship of his in the Sunshine State but his approval rating in Florida looks more like one of the drops in Space Mountain. Just last week Quinnipiac Poll said that Barack Obama has a solidly negative approval rating among Florida voters at 42 to 54 but if you look at the numbers a little closer the real trouble that he has is with one of his key constituencies from 2008 that’s Hispanics…but the key takeaway is that the unemployment rate among Hispanics continues to be three points higher than the rest of the state because of this president’s policies. So I guess it’s no surprise that his approval rating with Hispanics it’s dropped by double digits.

“When you take all of this in consideration, it’s clear that candidate Barack Obama is here in Orlando voters with more promises. But he doesn’t realize is that all the voters in Florida and around the country—we want results. But certainly, we know that we have a president that’s in love with the man in the mirror and the sound of his own voice. And hasn’t been in love with following through on his promises.”

RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry:

“As the president comes to Florida, Republicans would like to welcome him with our high level of energy. We are already at over 436,000 absentee ballot requests by Republicans which far exceeds the approximately 307,000 that we had in 2008. So, we’re energized, we’re ready to win Florida and we welcome the president.

“As the president is here and Bill Nelson is running scared, it’s no surprise that he is running scared. This president and Bill Nelson are not focused on people’s lives, they are focused on ensuring that we have a big, fat, rich government and that people are stuck where they are, whatever their current lot in life is and that they will remain there and remain dependent on this government.

“Well, coming into Florida, that’s not what Floridians expect, what Floridians want, we are about opportunity, we are diverse people living and working together. And here in Florida we have our governor, Rick Scott and our Florida legislature that actually care about people’s lives, and are doing things that will create jobs and effect people every day and pull them up to the next level, for their lives and their children and their families. So, we cannot afford any more of the Barack Obama administration or Bill Nelson.”

RNC Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclán:

“Florida plays a pivotal role in both our national strategy and especially with our expanded Hispanic effort. Hispanics in Florida are acutely aware of Obama’s failed economic policies and their devastating affects throughout the Latina community.

“Hispanics in the state of Florida face an unemployment rate of 13.6%. It’s funny that President Obama can live in the land of make believe but with 13.6 percent unemployment for Latinos, rampant home foreclosures hurting Hispanic families and a huge cloud of uncertainty for many Latino businesses.

“The only thing Hispanics can’t wait for is to elect a new president. Like the Chairman said, it’s not a time for campaigning and we need a president who’s going to show leadership and turn this economy around and create jobs that Floridians are looking for. Another campaign speech is not going to do this.

“As far as our Hispanic efforts in the state, we’re going to be working very closely with Florida to ensure we’re involving all the Latino communities throughout the state. We all know the importance of Hispanics in South Florida and the I-4 Corridor and throughout the different communities throughout the state. And Hispanics are going to get the Republican message in English and Spanish.

“While the president continues to travel  around the country campaigning for his failed policies we’ll be working hard to share that Republican message with all of the Latino community." 

Click Here To Listen To The Full Audio: http://www.gop.com/audio/1.19.2012_Florida.mp3


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