For Immediate Release

January 31, 2012

Contact: DNC Press
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Florida Republican Primary Results
Tampa, Florida – Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement tonight on the results of the Florida Republican primary:
“Mitt Romney’s victory tonight in the Florida GOP primary comes as no surprise – Romney and his Super PAC outspent his nearest opponent by running 13,000 ads to Newt Gingrich's 200, carpet- bombing the airwaves with negative ads.  In fact, Romney’s campaign has already spent more on negative ads than John McCain did during his entire presidential run. 
“Tonight, Romney was successful in buying his way to victory – but with every passing Republican contest, he becomes weaker with key general election swing and independent voters should he make it that far.  That’s because Mitt Romney has made it clear he will say anything, take any position on any given day and before any given audience and will distort any fact about his or his opponents' record to win.
"But voters are paying more attention than Mitt Romney gives them credit for.  They know he has declared support for both an extreme Tea Party agenda that would gut Social Security and Medicare and a budget plan that would end Medicare as we know it and shifts costs onto the backs of America’s seniors.  They also know Romney has doubled down on his incredibly out-of-touch positions of letting foreclosures hit the bottom and expanding tax breaks to the wealthiest few at the expense of the middle class.  And despite his double-speak in Florida, Mitt Romney has done nothing to dissuade voters from the notion that he is the most anti-immigrant significant major party candidate for president in generations.
"The reason Mitt Romney's negatives have soared with independent voters nationally and in key states, even as he has won one contest on his home field and bought his way to victory in another, is because the more voters learn about his extreme and out of touch positions the less they like him and the less they trust him to lead."

PRESS RELEASE from Florida Democratic Party
February 1, 2012

Statement from Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith on Florida's Republican Primary

Tallahassee, FL --  Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith issued the following statement tonight in response to the results in tonight’s GOP presidential primary election:

"Mitt Romney won in Florida tonight for a very simple reason -- he ran the most negative primary contest ever. Romney and his allies outspent Newt Gingrich by nearly 5-to-1, almost all of it on negative advertising. He may have won this contest, but he lost the opportunity to win the hearts and minds of the people of Florida. Floridians, like all Americans, are looking for positive ideas that will rebuild an economy that works for the middle class. But they won’t find them during this primary campaign. Instead, Romney has flipped between negative attacks on Gingrich and distortions to his own positions, in a blatant attempt to pander to seniors and Latino voters. There’s a reason a vast majority of Florida voters want someone new to jump in this race – they know they can’t trust Mitt Romney to stand by his beliefs or stand by anything that helps average Americans get ahead."