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GOP Chooses Tampa

May 12th, 2010 by Mike Vasilinda

Not since 1972 has a national political convention been held in Florida, but thats about to change. The National Republican Party this afternoon chose Tampa as the site for its 2012 National convention. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the move is a recognition that Florida could once again be a pivotal player in the national election.

1972 was the last time the Republicans came to Florida. Thousands of war protestors rioted in Miami.

2012 is expected to be much quieter.

Were just so grateful to the people that worked very hard on the bid,” Florida Republican Party spokesperson Katie Betta said. “Were proud of the work that they did and we really believe that we put our best foot forward.

The decision could bring 20 to 30 thousand visitors to Florida. It comes on the last day that the Governor is officially registered as a Republican.

Its great for jobs, its great for tourism,” Governor Charlie Crist said. “Its great for economic development.

Even Democrats are cheering.

Every Floridian of all parties should be celebrating,” Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Eric Jotkoff said. “Democrats, Republicans, Independents should be celebrating because this will bring in millions of dollars into our economy. It will help Floridas tourism economy recover.

While Democrats are applauding the selection, Florida isnt even on their radar. Theyre afraid of hurricanes.

August and September are at the height of hurricane season and Democrats dont want to take the chance. The GOP however, appears ready to roll the dice in hopes of improving its chances to win Florida in 2012.

And Florida will be ever more important in 2012. Thats because it is expected to pick up at least one if not two electoral votes.

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