GOP presidential contender Rudy Giuliani visited a Daytona Beach, Fla., plastics machining and fabricating shop yesterday. This might be old hat to readers in Iowa and New Hampshire, but few candidates are visiting Florida this time of year. I guess it's evidence that we're going to have a very long political season running up to the November 2008 election. The Daytona Beach News-Journal covered the event, and I enjoyed its description of the mini-rally.
Greeted with a standing ovation and chants of "Rudy," the former New York City mayor borrowed a line he said he heard from one of the workers at American Industrial Plastics as he stood in front of a large American flag draped above the plant's concrete-gray machine shop floor. "One of the workers told me, 'We can do it better here than anyplace else,' " Giuliani said. "American Industrial Plastics has that spirit."Giuliani emphasized his plan to cut taxes to keep businesses growing.
The audience Thursday included some of the 36 employees at American Industrial Plastics, which manufactures precision plastic parts for a variety of purposes from the military to medicine. Machinist Rick Estrada, 50, of Daytona Beach, a 15-year veteran at the plant, could see the political gathering from his wooden workbench. He's seen other politicians stage similar events, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. "It's pretty cool," Estrada said of the gathering for Giuliani. "I saw him in action during 9/11. You gotta respect the man. I'm a Democrat, but I vote for who I feel is the best."That's a good political philosophy, Mr. Estrada.