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McKinstry: Ed Cox likes Florida's winning record for Republican presidential nominees

New York State Republican Party Chairman Edward Cox

New York State Republican Party Chairman Edward Cox speaks to media August, 27, 2012, during the New York State Republican Party Delegation's breakfast at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort in Clearwater, FL. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

TAMPA -- What’s not to like about Florida?

The sun, beach, balmy breezes and blue waters. It’s not a bad place for a party, even with Hurricane Isaac somewhere off in the distance.

Just ask New York State Republican Party Chairman Edward Cox. Florida has been very good for the Republican Party, delivering winning candidates the last two times the GOP held its convention in this state.

In 1968, Republicans nominated Cox’s father-in-law, former Vice President Richard Nixon, for president and his running mate, Gov. Spiro T. Agnew of Maryland, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, and again in 1972.

Four decades later, Cox likes Tampa in 2012 as delegates from all over the country ready to nominate Mitt Romney for president and Paul Ryan for vice president.

“We’re going to elect a Republican president,” Cox said Monday.

But first they’ll have to pick up some swing states like Ohio, Colorado -- and Florida.

Pictured above: New York State Republican Party Chairman Edward Cox speaks to media during the New York State Republican Party Delegation's breakfast at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort in Clearwater, FL. (Aug. 27, 2012)

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