Published: Aug 14, 2012 12:14 AM EDT

MIAMI, Fla. - Mitt Romney returned to Florida Monday with a two-city bus tour, including stops in Jacksonville and Miami. The trip comes two weeks before the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, where he'll accept the GOP nomination for president.

The Florida bus tour also comes a couple of days after officially announcing the GOP ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. The two candidates were campaigning in different states Monday: Paul Ryan was in Iowa, while Mitt Romney was in Florida, and focusing heavily on the economy.

"I will get the jobs America needs, I know how to do it," Romney told a crowd of about 2,000 at El Palacio de Los Jugos, a famous juice stand in Miami-Dade county.

Romney pitched a five-part plan he says will get america's economy growing, focusing on energy resources, schools, trade with latin america, balanced budgets, and standing by small business.

"If I'm President, I'm going to get small business going and add jobs," he said.

The Romney bus tour Miami stop also appealed to Hispanic voters, where he was joined by the area's hispanic lawmakers... And the visit happened not far from the childhood home of the man often rumored, but ultimately not chosen as running mate: Florida senator Marco Rubio.

"What we have a chance to do this November is elect someone that believes in free enterprise, that believes in the greatness of America," Rubio said.

Protesters lined the event route saying Romney's policies would hurt their pocketbooks; but the Republican candidate insisted his ideas would help the country.

"I believe in the people of America, you can achieve your dreams, and as you do so, you'll make America stronger, I'm going to fight to keep America strong," Romney said.

The Obama campaign was offering its criticism of the Romney-Ryan ticket Monday, saying the pairing would be dangerous to America's seniors, because of the Republican plans for medicare and social security.

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is expected to campaign in central Florida this weekend.