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5:25 PM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Metropolitan Park is fully prepped for Gov. Mitt Romney, who is taking the stage Wednesday night to rally his base for the general election and the path to the White House.

The GOP presidential nominee will be joined by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as they wrap up a three-city swing through the Sunshine State.

For the Democrats, First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to the First Coast on Thursday to campaign for her husband, President Barack Obama, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Also accompanying her is Grammy-winning singer Stevie Wonder.

In Jacksonville Beach, businessman Gil Macias has no plans to attend but the election is on his radar.

The home improvement industry has been challenged, and Macias said he is down to two employees compared with the 14 he had four years ago.

"We are hoping for something to happen," said Macias, who is a registered Democrat voting Republican this go around.

"I vote the person ... I'm voting Mitt Romney," said the 76 year-old man, who says he cannot afford not to work.

Romney touts a plan to create 12 million new jobs if elected with President Obama pointing out he has been busy creating jobs.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was in Jacksonville challenging the Republican blueprint.

"We've added five million new jobs with the president. We just don't think should turn back right now," said Reed.

Macias noted the current economic climate doesn't even allow him to bring his own his son on board. He hopes the upcoming election some how brings change and jobs.

First Coast News

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