Romney GOP Debate Party in Temple Terrace

05/15/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Tonight in South Carolina, the 10 men running for the Republican nomination for President meet for their 2nd nationally televised debate.

Even though it’s just May, it’s an important event for the candidates – especially for those challenging the front-runner right now, Rudy Guiliani.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney received relatively good reviews for his performance.  The Romney camp is gearing up for tonight’s debate.  They say that there will be more than 70 house parties held by supporters tonight to watch the debate.

A spokesperson for Romney says this is their campaign’s largest grassroots event to date, and Florida is playing a significant role.

Debbie Cox-Roush is hosting such an event tonight in Temple Terrace, at the Dr. Blaise F. Alfano Conference and Banquet Center off North McKinley Drive.

She’s strongly supporting Romney – and didn’t flinch when WMNF asked her what she thought of his conversions on social issues like abortion & gun control (roll tape#1 o.q.”I don’t have a problem with that”)

Yesterday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich indicated that he is now strongly considering entering the Presidential race sometime later this year.  Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson, hailed as a savior for the GOP a few weeks ago, is also strongly rumored to be getting into the race.  WMNF asked Debbie Cox-Roush if she’s had conversations with fellow Republicans , and are they looking for somebody else to enter into the race? (roll tape#2 o.q.”we need a change in Washington”)

That’s Debbie Cox-Rousch, hosting a GOP Debate Viewing Party tonight in Temple Terrace.

Meanwhile, a new poll by the Kitchens Group shows a dead even race in Florida between front runners Rudy Guiliani and Hilary Clinton.  Officially, the poll had the former NYC mayor up by 2 points.   Another head to head match up showed 2 candidates who are not in the race, how they would do.  That had Al Gore leading Fred Thompson,  45 to 37 percent.   

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