What are Floridians looking for in a candidate?
What issues are most important to voters?
- Duration 5:59
- Date Aug 26, 2012
What issues are most important to voters?
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-- Isaak is expected to hit the Florida Keys tonight that the state of Florida has more than just hurricanes worry about.
It currently has an unemployment rate of eight point 6% with areas like Tampa among the hardest hit.
Putting us out of talk about it to lawmakers very familiar with that knowing what matters of Hillary and Adam Putnam Florida's agriculture commissioner and Republican congressman Connie Mack is now also a candidate for US set gentlemen welcome to about.
Thank you very much thanks for -- -- Willis and comes comes I'll start with you I want to ask you about the op -- today by the form our.
Florida Republican governor at least at one point Charlie Crist today saying essentially.
That he is endorsing President Obama -- election a line from that app that's as -- plot and share his -- your reaction.
No one in Florida surprised Charlie left the Republican Party along time ago.
In his you know his.
Values and principles I guess stand in the Republican Party so no one Florida's is shocked and that's where the former governor went.
Our commissioner what is it that Florida voters are worried most about that they care most about because this state went for President Obama in 2008.
How does that change or does -- this time around.
-- they they care about someone who's gonna bring strong leadership what they plan.
For putting people back to work.
And making them secure in their homes again and you know Charlie -- plus -- He's just so desperate to be in the parade -- wearing a -- custom that -- and you know we have a governor and Rick Scott and we have a candidate Mitt Romney NN Connie Mack.
Who are focused on putting people back to work.
Building on the strengths of free enterprise and -- -- -- realism.
And and peeling back the regulations that the last three years of the Obama administration placed on small businesses.
Now from Florida Sino when you say buses are I know what that -- -- -- I don't that's got -- -- clearly he's not going to be.
Part of the party and what you're trying to communicate this week.
-- -- -- what is the message that Republicans need to communicate this week had a they need to do that more effectively to connect with Floridians sit in important swing state.
I think it's important that we we tell the people the state of Florida and the country that we believe in them.
That if you really look at this election it's about who do you trust -- you put your faith and trust in the Democrats believe in more government more government regulations more taxes.
You know they believe in a in a system that holds people down.
We believe in lifting people up we believe in freedom.
And so the hopes and dreams of the people of the state of Florida and America is what the Republican Party stands for standing with them supporting them.
We need to put our faith and trust back into the entrepreneur -- -- the risk taker the people who get up every morning.
They're excited about what they do they want to be able to compete.
In the United States and around the world they don't want to have government pushing them down.
And understanding that public has been on a lot of what you do on the issue of regulation it's something that have Romney -- said he wants to roll back responsibly.
How do you walk that fine line because Democrats will say Republicans of the party yet.
People who don't care about your kids having clean water and clean air it they just wanted to do away with all regulations and -- get a free for all.
You know it's not a fine line with this administration because they've -- so far into the theater of the absurd -- he just a couple of examples -- -- -- commissioner of agriculture we're dealing with the administration in Washington.
Who wants to ban kids from having four -- and if the -- projects.
Because it would involve working with -- thought that want to build -- -- -- on -- farm that wanted to be able to work around agriculture even though the average age of the farmer.
In the United States is now into the sixties.
They -- -- have the corps of engineers take over farm ponds and ditches and regulated as if it were an applicable waterways like what's behind this here.
Want to throw out.
All common sense and and have the courts and judges decide the provisions of the Clean Water Act instead of duly elected representatives and senators so.
-- the fine line was like three years ago and they are so far past any kind of final -- it's a bright line.
Between an oppressive regulatory regime and agencies that will be unhinged in a second Obama administration.
And Mitt Romney who's lived under those regulations.
And understands how -- they can be and understands how to unshackled America's business.
Let let me give you another example of that there's a small business in my district they want to expand their business.
So in the process of trying to expand it took -- 31 different permits and fees just to be able to expand the building before they hired the first employee.
This is a government that is out of control over regulates over taxes senator Nelson voted to raise our taxes -- 150 times.
And you know this is just.
We've we've gotten so far away from what our government used to be about that we want to get back on the side of the people.
-- else playing out here in Florida as it is such a critical state in the election.
Several lawsuits dealing with voter rolls who can vote early voting that kind of thing commissioner about how do you think that that fight is gonna play out do you think it has the potential.
To truly impact -- one or 2% race at that -- presidents of being in the state.
You know here's the thing about that this this tempest in a teapot about voter and voter identification and things like that.
It it's it's a very common sense principle that you should be legally here in the United States.
And should present identification about -- you -- to vote I remember the first time I ran for congress we spent two million dollars to be on television.
This month former next door neighbor was working the polls the day that my wife and I went in to vote.
And she made me show two forms of ID I've been on television -- by and allow the candidate for congress.
I was personally known to the to the poll worker and -- presented two forms of ID I was not offended about that.
And I think that that's a fairly common sense approach that people on the left they're using.
As the runway of tuning up their base but that the bottom line is that the Florida wants to conduct free and fair elections.
We encourage people of all ideologies to register and get involved in the American process and made a person who wins the most votes wins.
But let's do eradicate voter fraud.
From both sides where it exists eradicating we know those legal fights aren't quite over yet commissioner congressman thank you both for coming thank you very much.