Romney supporters seen outside Michelle Obama’s UF rally
As people waited in line to see first lady Michelle Obama speak at the University of Florida’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Monday afternoon, a small group of Romney supporters gathered near the Gator statue at the corner of Gale Lemerand Drive and Stadium Road.
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stand outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Monday afternoon while Michelle Obama spoke inside the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
The protesters held signs in support of President Obama’s opponent, Mitt Romney.
“I don’t think we’re going to change people’s minds in that parking lot, in that line,” said Stafford Jones, the Alachua County Republican Party chairman. “(We’re) showing that there is a Romney presence in Alachua County, and it’s a pretty good presence.”
While President Obama will likely win the youth vote in 2012 as he did in 2008, a contingent of UF students was part of the pro-Romney group.
Sarah Amann, a junior event management and telecommunication major, stood among them.
“I’m out here because four years (ago), Obama ran on a campaign of hope and change, and I don’t really feel that worked for anyone,” Amann said. “…Quite honestly, I want to get a job when I graduate, and I don’t think the state of the economy is anywhere near that right now.”
More Stories in Politics
Traffic ticket quotas for law enforcement agencies are now illegal under a bill unanimously passed by the House in the Florida Legislature. Sent to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday, the “Waldo Bill” got its nickname from the city of Waldo, which was once considered one of the nation’s worst speed traps.
Rep. Keith Perry confirmed that a bill which would have allowed voters to establish a HB-1325 has died in the Florida House of Representatives. The hearing of HB 1325, was postponed during the last meeting of the Regulatory Affairs Committee.
On Monday, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio announced his bid for presidency in 2016. The event at Freedom Tower in Miami was attended by eager supporters as well as peaceful protestors.
The bill would allow farmers to use a strain of cannabis as a cash crop that would be used to produce industrial items, like textiles. The strains would have much lower levels of THC than those used for medical or recreational purposes. If passed, the law would take effect on July 1.
Charles Goston and Harvey Budd won their Gainesville City Commission seats after Tuesday’s run-off elections. Goston took the District 1 seat, and Budd won the at-large seat.