Florida AG Bondi: Romney Will Connect With Women

Monday, 27 Aug 2012 08:48 PM

By Henry J. Reske and Kathleen Walter

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GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will not have trouble reaching out to women because they are concerned about the same issues as the rest of the electorate including the economy, jobs, and school choice, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.

Bondi, the chairwoman of Women for Mitt for Florida and a national co-chair, spoke with Newsmax from the Republican National Convention in Tampa and added that the best voice for Romney with women was his wife Ann.

“He has really been reaching out to women,” she said. “And what I found in New Hampshire and Virginia, women care about the same issues. Women care about the economy, women care that the poverty level is so low now among women than it’s ever been. Women care about school choice. Women care about jobs.

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“And women build business too. And women believe that if they started a business, they built it and not the federal government. And so, I think he’s doing a great job. He has a lot surrogates, I’m one of them, Kelly Ayotte, Nikki Haley, and we’ve been going all over representing Governor Romney. And I’ll tell you what; I think probably his best voice is Ann Romney.”

Bondi noted she endorsed Romney early on and got firmly behind him after moderating a GOP debate with former governor Mike Huckabee.

“I’ve gotten to know Mitt and Ann and I totally believe in them,” she said. “And I’m one of six surrogates for the Romney campaign so I’ve been travelling around the country for him. I’ve been to New Hampshire, I’ve been to Virginia, I’ve been all over Florida with Mitt and Ann and I can tell you the message is the same wherever you go.

“People care about jobs, they care about the economy, they care about school choice for their kids. It’s the same no matter what state you’re in. And that was really interesting to me because I never really been out of Florida on a political level. And so seeing these similar issues that they care about: government over-regulation, they care about the EPA stuff being all over our rights. You know, things that we’re dealing with here in Florida are issues that are issues that are very important throughout the country.”

Bondi called the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate a “brilliant choice.”

“And I can tell you, everywhere I go in Florida with Governor Romney, people are thrilled that he has selected Paul Ryan,” she said.

“Paul Ryan is a brilliant man and he can explain why Obamacare is horrible for our country. And he can explain that the 716 billion dollars that Barack Obama is taking from Medicare to fund Obamacare is absolutely ridiculous. And on the first day Mitt Romney’s elected, he’s going to do everything in his power to not repeal Obamacare, but put those billions of dollars back into the Medicare program where they belong, where seniors 55 and older won’t be affected. And I think that their message is compelling and they talk in a way where people can truly understand. And that’s what they’ve been doing all over the country.”

When asked what she expected should Obama get a second term, she quipped, “his first term was bad enough. Frankly, it was horrible.”

“What scares me to death is if Barack Obama is re-elected, what does he have to lose? He can do anything he wants with all these crazy executive orders he’s been issuing. He won’t be able to be re-elected at that point, so I think he’d been be even a bigger loose cannon than he already is. And that scares me to death.

“And you know, as attorneys general throughout the country, we’re suing over the EPA, we’re suing him over the NLRB, we’re suing him over of course Obamacare.

And, you know, we will continue to do that as long as we have to, to rein to federal government in because they truly think that they can control the states. And that’s not what our Founding Fathers had in mind. And what’s so frightening is we can keep doing that, and we will continue to do it, but it distracts us from what we need to do in our jobs as attorneys general. So what’s going to stop it is getting Mitt Romney in the White House.”

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