“Obama won America’s biggest swing state by 3 percentage points in 2008, and he has signaled he will fight hard for the state again in 2012. Already, it’s clear that he has considerable work to do to make his incumbency an asset, rather than a liability, in a Florida that has drifted more conservative than even four years ago.” (Ron Sachs quoted in Tampa Bay News).
The Feb 2011 CPAC straw poll demonstrated the enthusiasm that conservative voters have for tenth amendment supporters like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson, who both featured in the top three when pitted against well known GOP favorites like Bachman, Cain, Huckabee, Palin, Romney, and Santorum.
Both Ron Paul and Gary Johnson have been vocal supporters of the Tenth Amendment.
Ron Paul was recently quoted in the Sunshine news: “I think (nullification) is a very good idea. I don’t like big, national government.” and Gary Johnson recently called nullification “a formula for righting all our wrongs”
Jamie Davis, Communications Director for the Florida Tenth Amendment Center commented on the coverage: “Florida has a tremendous conservative voting block and an energized tea party movement. What matters to most Florida voters is smaller government, lower taxes, and more personal liberty. But many Floridians are growing wary of politicians who have the right rhetoric but the wrong record. The increasing divergence between rhetoric and record is why I expect to see an even greater shift towards more constitutionally minded candidates like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson.”
“They haven’t come very close to tackling the problem,” said Ron Paul about congressional Republicans. “It’s not a budget problem, it’s a problem with deciding what the role of government should be.”