Mitt Romney holds rally at University of Miami

Published On: Oct 31 2012 08:20:33 AM EDT
Updated On: Nov 01 2012 11:22:15 AM EDT

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a rally at the University of Miami.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was back on the campaign trail on Wednesday, holding rallies in Tampa and Coral Gables.

Romney was joined at the University of Miami's Bank United Center by Senator Marco Rubio, former governor Jeb Bush, and Congressman and Senate-hopeful Connie Mack IV. The three warmed up the crowd before Romney spoke.

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"Do you honestly think that this president is capable of bringing people together," said Bush. The crowed responded with a resounding, "No."

"His entire strategy is to blame others, starting with my brother of course," added Bush. "Basically, blames every possible thing rather than the humility to be able to reach out and to find common ground."

U.S. Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen also made a plea to vote.

"Let's go out and vote. If you haven't voted, please go out to vote," said Ros-Lehtinen.

"I think we're going to win Florida, you know that," said Romney.

Finding common ground was a theme of Romney's speech on Wednesday.

"We can only do those things if we're able to do something that Washington has spoken out for years but has not been able to do," said Romney. "And, that's if we can find good Democrats who loves America just like we do and find common ground and come together for the benefit of the American people."

Local 10 Senior Political Reporter Michael Putney said Romney never mentioned President Barack Obama by name.

"America is counting on Florida. I'm counting on Florida to have clear eyes, full hearts. We can't lose. America is coming back with greater strength and a greater, prosperous future," said Romney.

A new Quinnipiac University poll that was released Wednesday showed that Romney and President Obama were nearly tied overall in Florida. President Obama led that poll with 48 percent compared to Romney's 47 percent. Including the margin of error, experts say it's statistically too close to call.

"Look, we can't go on the road we're on. We can't change course in America if we keep on attacking each other," said Romney. "We have got to come together and get America on track again."

Despite no comment on Fidel Castro, Cuba, or Hugo Chavez, those who attended the rally were happy with what they heard from Romney.

"I see he's a leader. He's something unbelievable and that's what our country needs -- to go with him," said Gilda Plasencia.

"I just hope that he really changes America and the course that it's taking now because we need a better future. Young faces like mine, we need a better future and we need better things to look forward to," said Andreina Cabo, a first time voter.

Romney postponed or cancelled many of his planned events earlier in the week in the wake of the superstorm that hit the East Coast. He made stops in Ohio on Tuesday, but asked the crowds to donate to a relief fund rather than his campaign.

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Romney's campaign has announced it will hold a rally on Friday evening in Ohio to launch a four-day sprint to election day with guests including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

Nearly two million Floridians have already cast their ballots ahead of the Nov. 6 election, either by absentee ballot or by heading to the polls early.

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