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Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio took to the floor of the Senate on Thursday to weigh in on the economy and the current standoff over raising the federal debt ceiling. Rubio spoke out against higher taxes and in favor of cutting federal spending to reduce the national debt.

Rubio also weighed in on raising the debt ceiling, which remains the issue of the moment in the Beltway with President Barack Obama, Senate Democrats and House Republicans still facing a logjam.

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Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, now in a crowded Republican primary field to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012, called on Wednesday for Senate Republicans to shut down passing appropriations bills until the Democratic-controlled Senate passes a budget.

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U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas unveiled his first television advertisement for his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and it’s a blockbuster -- actually an ad for a summer blockbuster. The ad, which is set as a preview for a movie, hammers Republicans for compromising too much in standing against raising the debt and promises that Paul will not back raising the debt ceiling. The ad is being run in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter of Michigan, who entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination earlier in the month, took off the gloves on Thursday and tore into both President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, the current favorite for the GOP nod.

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Businessman Mike Yost, the Republican nominee in 2010 who took on Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown who represents parts of North Florida, is hoping to challenge again in 2012. Yost seems to be a bit more professional this time in his campaign operations, as can be seen in a web video he unveiled earlier in the week. In the video, Yost attacks Brown, arguing that the district has lagged behind the rest of the state during her almost two decades in office.

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Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania will join fellow Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a speaker at CPAC FL in September. The American Conservative Union (ACU) is taking its Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on the road to hit key 2012 battlegrounds and will be holding its event in Orlando to coincide with the Republican Party of Florida’s (RPOF) Presidency 5 straw poll.

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Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, now running for the Republican nomination to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012, took aim at President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Hasner knocked Obama for mulling over freezing Social Security payments in case a federal government shutdown occurred.

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Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Connie Mack proudly trumpeted the news that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a favorite of the tea party movement and the son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, was backing the One Percent Spending Reduction Act. Mack introduced the proposal which would cut federal spending by 1 percent each year for the next six years. Mack and his backers, including Senate sponsor Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., have also called the measure the “Penny Plan.”

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Appearing on the Hugh Hewitt radio show on Tuesday, Florida Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio took off the gloves and ripped into President Barack Obama over the federal budget negotiations.

Asked by Hewitt if seniors in Florida would be impacted by not getting Social Security checks, Rubio insisted, if that happened, it would be Obama’s fault.

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A poll released on Wednesday by Quinnipiac University had good news for former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. Not only was Romney leading the pack of hopefuls for the Republican presidential nomination but he was also the only GOP hopeful who wasn't being beaten by double digits by President Barack Obama.

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