GOP Picks Tampa Florida For 2012 Convention
*I’m posting this because it’s semi-local for anyone in Florida and we’re going to need ALL the protesters we can get! Keep in mind, Florida is a difficult place to drive to from anywhere else so us Floridians have to really step up to the plate and show these guys that we mean business. It won’t be like protests in other areas where people come from tons of different states, takes 6-7 hours just to reach Tampa from the north Florida border!
Anyway, make plans to be here when the convention happens so that we can make a statement for Florida as well as the entire Country – We’re Mad As Hell And We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore!*
OXON HILL, Md. – Republicans choose Tampa as the site of their 2012 presidential convention, hoping the swing state of Florida will help them defeat President Barack Obama.
A Republican National Committee panel recommended the Gulf Coast city during a closed-door meeting, rejecting Salt Lake City and Phoenix. The decision came amid calls from Hispanic groups and others to boycott Arizona after it adopted a law to crack down on illegal immigrants.
Florida, with its hefty 27 electoral votes, decided the 2000 election for George W. Bush. Obama won the state in 2008.
“The host committee’s hard work and dedication resulted in a tremendous bid that we are confident will produce a successful event,” said RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
Presidential hopefuls typically decamp in Florida during the final weeks of a campaign, and nominating conventions dominate local news coverage and help drive the parties’ message to voters who might otherwise ignore the formalities.
Republicans met in Minneapolis-St. Paul in 2008, hoping to swing Minnesota to the GOP although it went for Obama. Democrats similarly met in Denver in the hopes of making the Mountain West friendly territory. The president won Colorado.
It is a GOP strategy, though, that has worked infrequently. The last time Republicans held a convention in a swing state and won, Ronald Reagan won Michigan in 1980 over Jimmy Carter.
The selection committee’s recommendation would still need formal approval when the Republican National Committee meets in August in Kansas City, Mo., but that is considered a given.
The last Republican convention in Florida was in Miami in 1972 when the party nominated President Richard M. Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew.