His new running mate likely isn't helping him much in crucial Florida, but Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney isn't giving up on sunshine swing -- or that crucial Hispanic vote: he's stopping in Miami for a leg of his "Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class" bus tour on Monday.
Romney will be speaking at a free event hosted at El Palacio De Los Jugos (7085 Coral Way) at 5 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.m. (According to the owner, the Secret Service is already aware of his past conviction for attempting to smuggle cocaine in shipments of fish and soap, according to Miami New Times.)
A rally is expected to gather around 3 p.m., according to NBC 6, but it's all for Romney: newly announced vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will not be hitting our "palace of the juice."
The Miami-Dade Police Department and the US Secret Services will be working the roads during the visit. Drivers should expect the following closings (and lots and lots of traffic):
- Coral Way will be closed from Southwest 69th Avenue to Southwest 72nd Avenue
- Westbound traffic will be directed north on Southwest 69th Avenue to Southwest 23rd Street
- Eastbound traffic will be directed north on Southwest 72nd Avenue to Southwest 23rd Street
Republican candidates have typically visited Little Havana's Cuban lunch fave Versailles in the past to rally the conservative Cuban vote.
“We try to go to a variety of locations to show our support,” Alison Hawkins, campaign spokesperson, told the Miami Herald. “We will visit lots of businesses during the campaign."
"Coming to Miami," she added, "shows [Hispanics] just how important their vote is.”
Romney has come through the Sunshine State multiple times on his campaign tour. In May, he attended a fundraiser in Miami that generated controversy as the host, Dr. Phillip Frost, is the chairman of the board of a pharmaceutical company that makes Plan B -- which Romney once denounced as an "abortive pill."