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Lenny Curry: P5 Shows Americans 'Ready to Get Back to Work'

Lenny Curry, elected Friday night to serve the remaining term of the late Dave Bitner as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, opened Saturday's Presidency 5 event in Orlando by declaring the convention sends a message that Americans are ready to get back to work.

It all starts right here in Florida today, Curry told delegates as they arrived for the daylong event in the Orange County Convention Center. As we saw in Thursday nights debate, no matter which candidate you support, we have a field of candidates who are ready to win in 2012.

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Adam Hasner Says Bill Nelson More Vulnerable than Obama in Florida

Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner says U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is more vulnerable in Florida than President Barack Obama.

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Rep. Gayle Harrell: Delegates Favor Romney Heading into Straw Poll

Florida Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, says the mood among delegates following Thursdays P5 debate, and around the Orange County Convention Center on Friday, appears to favor former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney as the Sept. 24 Republican Party of Florida's presidential straw poll approaches.

Delegates vote between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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Bachmann Compares Her Economic Views to Calvin Coolidge

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., compares her economic outlook to one of the nations most notoriously quiet presidents: Calvin Coolidge.

"He said its the greatest political privilege thats ever been afforded to the human race, to live under the American Constitution, Bachmann said Friday while on the main stage at CPAC's Florida Conference. Thats my view, too.

She compared Coolidges comment to President Franklin Delano Roosevelts statement that the Constitution is the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.

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Early Voting Light in CPAC Senate Straw Poll

Conservative Political Action Conference Chairman Al Cardenas said the early voting by delegates attending the Florida Conference has been "light" in the straw poll for U.S. Senate.

He said that may have been due to the delegates waiting to hear the candidates speak just before noon.

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Newt Gingrich Working on a Second 'Contract With America'

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich will release his second "Contract With America" next Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.

"It's going to be bigger, deeper and more profound," than the "Contract With America" he helped author in 1994, Gingrich said during Thursday night's debate at the Orange County Convention Center.

The 1994 contract called for shrinking the size of government, promoted lower taxes and greater entrepreneurial activity, and advocated tort and welfare reforms.

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Bachmann Calls Stimulus I "Greed, Graft and Corruption."

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says the growing Solyndra scandal is emblematic of what was wrong with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and why a second round of stimulus isn't needed.

"Vice President Joe Biden said the stimulus program and Solyndra is exactly what the stimulus program was all about: greed, graft and corruption." said Bachmann Friday morning."And now President Obama is proposing a 'son of stimulus.' We don't need the sequel."

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CPAC's Florida Conference Already a Success, Chairman Says

Before the first presidential candidate hits the main stage or any of the 12 breakout panels is seated, Conservative Political Action Conference Chairman Al Cardenas declared the event this weekend in Orlando a success during a morning briefing with the media.

"We had no idea or expectations on how this would turn out, but I'm happy to report over 3,000 people paid to be here today in addition to 300 of you in the media," he said. "Clearly this makes it a very successful event from the outset."

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Lopez-Cantera Says Rick Perry's Policies Have Helped Create Jobs

Florida House Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera, R-Miami, a Rick Perry supporter, defends the Texas governor on job growth following the GOP P5 debate Thursday in Orlando.

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Herman Cain Won't Be VP for Just Anybody

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, a businessman and former chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, said he picked up points in Thursday's GOP P5 debate in Orlando.

He also says he would only accept second place on the national ticket if the top slot went to someone with similar ideas and who would use him in important roles.

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