Rep. Allen West did not mince words on Sunday, telling national Democrats to get out of Florida and, for that matter, out of the country.
In a speech at the Lincoln Day Dinner where Herman Cain endorsed former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, the Palm Beach Post reports that West drew the greatest applause with his fiery speech.
“We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and my dear friend the chairman of the Democratic National Committee [Debbie Wasserman Schultz], let them know Florida ain’t on the table.”
Schultz has spent the last number of weeks stalking the Republican primaries, seeking media appearances in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and, now, Florida, with efforts to garner media attention and knock GOP candidates off balance.
“Take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else,” West continued. “You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.”
“This is not about 1 percent or 99 percent — this is about 100 percent. This is about 100 percent of America, and I will not stand back and watch anyone defame, degrade or destroy that which my father fought for, my older brother, my father-in-law, my nephew and all my friends in uniform,” West concluded. “I will not allow President Obama to take the United States of America and destroy it.”
“If that means I’m the number one target for the Democratic party, all I have to say is one thing: Bring it on.”
West is indeed a high-value target for Democrats. The Republican freshman and tea party favorite’s district has been redrawn since he won election, and the new district is more favorable to Democrats.