TAMPA (FOX 13) - Donald Trump spoke to a packed Sun Dome at USF on Friday night, repeating many of the talking points that have made him the front runner for the Republican nomination for president.
"This is a movement," said Trump. "I love you people."
Initial reports from Sun Dome officials indicated more than 12,000 people were inside the building for what Trump said was sure to be a record in his rallies' attendance.
His biggest applause lines came when he talked about getting rid of Obamacare and Common Core.
He also made fun of Jeb Bush, saying the only reason he is still in the race is because he has raised so much money.
But then he said, "Don't worry, he isn't going anywhere," and that, "Bush is sleeping."
Trump also talked about the size of his rallies and pointed out that thousands of people with tickets were not allowed in to the Sun Dome because the place was already full.
"Do we have fun considering the subject matter and the stakes? But here is why we are having fun," he said. "Because it's actually a message of great optimism. Make America Great Again, that's optimism."
Trump knows how important Florida could be to him.
It is the first winner-take-all primary, he knows what a huge boost a win would be, and what a blow it would be to the likes of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
He said that he "Loves Florida's Hispanics because he employs thousands of them and they are wonderful people."
He also told a long story about how he saved money when he bought the Doral golf course near Miami, and said it was an example of how well he would negotiate with countries like Iran.
But he was not shy about hitting on an issue that is controversial in the Hispanic community - his favorite issue - the wall.
"It is going to be a real wall. See that ceiling up there? This is a wall that if you get up there, we are not going to come down very easy," he said. "Right now we have a wall, did you see it? They build ramps, I don't know why they don't just knock over the wall. They build ramps over the wall. There probably is a severe penalty for knocking it over so they just, no, we don't give severe penalties, right?"
Trump also said he had agreed to an interview with Jorge Ramos from Univision. Months back, they battled over Ramos being thrown out of a press conference. Ramos is America's most popular Spanish-language anchor, and sitting down with Trump would be a major sign of Trump's effort to reach out.
"We are going to put ourselves in such an unbelievable position," he said.
Trump also urged his supporters to follow through with their excitement and vote.
"We are going to win so much. But here is what you have to do. You have to go out and vote or we are wasting our time. The movement ends, and that's the end of it."
Supporters at the rally were overjoyed to attend what could be their first of many live Trump appearances in Florida.
"When you listen to him and you see him in person, you realize how many more people actually believe him, believe in him, and really believe that this man can run the country," John Morano of Naples said.
"He is spending his own money. Like, he said, when he gets in there, he can tell people to go take a hike," supporter John Tatum of St. Petersburg said.