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Scott Moore passes out fliers and cards advertising his new business to passersby outside the Republican National Convention. (Source: Jennifer Bowen/RNN) Scott Moore passes out fliers and cards advertising his new business to passersby outside the Republican National Convention. (Source: Jennifer Bowen/RNN)

TAMPA, FL (RNN) - Scott Moore is one of hundreds of everyday Americans gathered outside the gates of the Republican National Convention.

While many protest, he's here on a different mission entirely - to peddle coffee.

Moore says he was the victim of the downsizing after his Fortune 500 Company merged with another.

So, he drove four hours from Jacksonville, FL to stand on the street corner outside the convention, passing out fliers for his new company, Revolution Coffee.

He's promoting a cause as much as a business.

"I found out how hard it was to start a business, way too much regulation, way too much was required to hang up a sign to say 'I'm open,' to take care of customers and sell some goods. It's just wrong," he said. "It ought to be easier for people to make their own way."

In a fragile economy, he's just one of the estimated 12.8 million Americans who find themselves out of work and needing to make ends meet.

It's an issue that surveys show weighs heavily on the minds of voters, and an issue that the Republicans are highlighting during the convention.

A recent Gallup survey shows 60 percent of Americans feel the economy is getting worse, while 35 percent say it's getting better.

Moore says his company doesn't label a specific political party and he welcomes "anybody who wants to be part of the cause."

"I think this is an across the country concept, that people want to be free to make their own way," he said.

Moore said Washington can help the economy by creating a business-friendly environment.

His message? Do more by doing less.

"Government is not the solution," he said. "Government ought to create a free environment where people can create their own solutions. We want to be a part of that. We want to be a part of the conversation. How do we create a place where people can go make their way?" he said.

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