Republican front-runner MItt Romney spoke to a packed house in Pompano Beach, with more than 400 people inside and about 150 outside because the room was over capacity.It had all the trappings of a pep rally, with Romney on stage and an adoring crowd holding signs and cheering nearly everything he said.
Joining him: wife, Ann, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.Romney's speech hit all his campaign points: more money for the military, less power for the federal government and repealing Obama's healthcare plan.
He also said he worried Obama was pulled toward a "European welfare state."
He appealed to Floridians hurt in the housing market collapse, pledging to get the government out of the housing market.
"People want someone who will say no to Freddie Mac" he said.
He also managed to squeeze in a swipe at Gingrich, saying his time as speaker "did not work out so well."
"His record was one of failed leadership," he told the crowd.