U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona is headed to Florida to campaign for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. McCain plans a daylong bus tour of the state today — under the somewhat wordy banner of “Veterans for Romney ‘Stronger Middle Class’ Bus Tour” — that will take him to several markets that will play a key role in swinging the nation’s largest swing state.
McCain is expected to focus on issues that meld help for veterans — a popular topic during an election as the nation winds down two wars — with the unemployment rate that has served as the backbone of Romney’s case against President Barack Obama and automatic defense cuts that were part of last year’s debt-ceiling deal. Romney has consistently tagged Obama with the military cuts, highlighting reports saying they were the president’s idea as he worked to reach an agreement with House Republicans on reducing the deficit.
The destinations for McCain’s tour are no coincidence. The former Republican presidential candidate will visit the University of Tampa in the morning; swing by a Romney “Victory Office” in Casselberry, which is just off I-4 in central Florida, in the afternoon; and stop at the Allied Veterans Center in Jacksonville in the evening. Romney needs to do well along the I-4 corridor and notch a strong margin in the northeast corner of the state to win Florida, a state even Republicans concede is essential for a Romney win nationwide.
Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.