The Only Two Points In Romney's Florida Victory Speech You Need To Know

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Romney ran an intensely negative campaign in Florida. He really piled it on Gingrich with radio and television ads. But winners don’t have to be rancorous. Romney stepped up to the podium in Florida tonight and immediately saluted the other three “serious and able competitors”

And then Romney made the case that he could unite the party behind him, simply by talking about a united party. 

“Our opponents… like to comfort themselves that a competitive primary will leave us divided and weak,
 Romney said, “A competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us, and we will win. Ours will be a united party with a winning ticket for America.”

Implicitly Romney is saying that he’s ready to represent the entire GOP. 

Secondly, Romney debuted a new line in his self-promotion. After citing his tax cuts and vetoes, Romney said that as governor “my leadership kept our schools first in the nation.

This is Romney already inching toward the centre of American politics. Obviously the fact that Massachusetts citizens care about education and support it is the biggest reason the state’s schools have always ranked so high. But by even mentioning the high-quality (cough cough-and high cost) schools in the Bay State, we’re getting just a tiny preview of how Romney will pivot to appeal to independent voters.  

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