As for Obama's wealthy potential opponent, Cruz said of Romney: "He didn't earn nothing ... He was a businessman who owned a lot of companies. He earned it on the poor people that worked so hard for him."
It would be easy to classify all of central Florida's hospitality workers — the tens of thousands of people who clean the theme parks, make the hotel beds and ring up the tourist tchotchkes — as blue-collar Democrats who view Romney's wealth, estimated at between $190 million and $250 million, with suspicion. But it would be wrong.
Take Hamid Abdlouhed, a 38-year-old worker in a strip-mall tobacco shop.
"I like Mitt Romney," he said. "I like his economical skills as a businessman. I trust him more about how to solve the economy. He's been successful."
Abdlouhed respects Romney's argument that he's "earned" his wealth by working hard in a way that speaks to the American dream.
He planned to vote for Romney on Tuesday.
But when it comes to the general election in November, he hasn't decided whether to back Obama like he did four years ago.
"Right now there's a 50-50 chance I will vote for Obama," Abdlouhed said, who, like so many others, cited the economy as his main concern.
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