Both candidates are scheduled to speak to the Republican National Hispanic Assembly National Convention at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay – Romney this morning at an “Americans of Faith” breakfast, Cain at a “Salute to the Troops” luncheon.
Romney, the early front-runner in the crowded GOP race who has been overtaken in polls by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, also will be at the opening of his Florida headquarters on West Platt Street at 10 a.m.
Cain, former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, came in sixth in a new poll by Quinnipiac University.
The Georgian had 5 percent, compared to 24 percent for Perry, 18 percent for Romney, 11 percent for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 10 percent for Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and 9 percent for Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.
He was ahead of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, at 3 percent and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter each of whom got 1 percent.
Underscoring the importance of the Hispanic votes for Republicans is the convention appearance of Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, as well as Jeb Bush Jr. and incoming Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, of Wesley Chapel.
The convention started Thursday night and continues Saturday.