August 13, 2012 at 9:52 am
Mitt Romney’s planned visit to Orlando on Monday has been scrapped, a spokesperson for the GOP nominee confirmed Sunday.
Romney had been scheduled to attend a housing round table in Orlando in between events in St. Augustine and Miami. He will now fly from St. Augustine to Miami, not take a bus as had been the plan.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Romney is said to be exhausted after 48-hours of promoting his VP pick, Paul Ryan.
Ryan, who Democrats say could hurt Romney with Florida voters because of his stance on Medicare and Social Security, will not be joining Romney in the Sunshine State. Instead, the Wisconsin congressman will attend the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
Timed to coincide with Romney’s visit, Democrats are working to highlight Ryan’s “dodge Florida.” Obama for America is releasing a new online video that features seniors in Florida talking about the consequences of a Romney-Ryan ticket for Floridians that rely on the crucial program.
The Democratic National Committee’s “Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus” Tour II will also stop in Miami, Boca Raton, and Tampa on Monday to highlight how Romney and Ryan “would take America backward, undermine the middle class and throw seniors under the bus.”
Democrats, including DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), former Ambassador Luis Lauredo, will hold press conferences in three cities reacting to the Paul pick.
Romney will speak at a campaign rally at Flagler College in St. Augustine on Monday morning and then head to Miami where he will El Palacio De Los, an open area eatery known for its fresh foods and Latin foods. After the speech, Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo reports that Romney will serve juices to the guests, work the food counter and take pictures with employees.