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Romney 'swing state tour' brings him to S. FL

(WFLX) - Mitt Romney spent Monday afternoon in South Florida as he continues a tour of key swing states this week. He is expected to address a growing crowd in West Miami Monday evening.

An energized crowd in St. Augustine was the first to hear Romney's pitch.

From the housing crisis and the space program to medicare -- what may be a decisive issue for seniors -- and the economy, Romney spent time discussing it all. "He [President Obama] said that he'd be able to measure progress and success by a whole series of his own standards," said Romney. "Number one was being able to create jobs. I hope he understands he hasn't done that. Twenty-three million out of work or stopped looking for work. [They] can't find the jobs they need to put food on the table for their families. It's unacceptable. It's a moral failure for a nation as successful as ours not to have created these jobs. Mr. President, by your own measure, you have failed to deliver the jobs Americans need."

Polls taken before Mitt Romney chose Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate showed an increasingly tight race -- with Romney in several must-win states -- losing to the president.

A key theme of his four-state, four city bus tour is rolling out what, he says, is a strong plan for America's middle class. A plan he says creates jobs, cuts taxes, cuts spending and cuts a growing deficit. "I will restore American strength -- strength in our homes, strength in our economy, strength in our military -- second to none," he said. "We are going to keep America the hope of the earth. Thank you so much Florida. I am counting on you to help me win in November.

Meanwhile, Democrats are hot on Romney's trail campaigning through Florida to get their message out.

"Isolated" - that's the word Democrats are using to describe the Romney-Ryan Republican ticket. They're on a bus tour through Florida Monday to talk with voters and rival Romney who is in Miami.

Medicare, the economy and jobs are on the forefront of these Boca Raton residents' minds.

Political leaders from Wisconsin and Massachusetts are touring alongside local elected officials. They claim they've seen first hand the problems that litter Romney and Ryan's past. "From Boston to Boca the message is clear, Romney's distorted record. We're bringing light to it," said Jeff Sanchez.

Democrats say Romney doesn't have the reputation of representing the middle class. "He lies constantly, and his policies aren't for the 99 percent of the nation.

The Democrats tour bus is back on the road headed for Tampa.

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