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Gov. Rick Perry of Texas released a Web video on Wednesday in which he takes aim at one of his chief rivals for the Republican presidential nomination -- former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. The ad slams Romney for being “misleading” on a number of issues including health care, his political experience and hiring illegal aliens.

 

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam will meet with a trade delegation from South Korea in Ocala on Wednesday night and insisted that the new free-trade agreement with that nation -- as well as deals with Colombia and Panama -- will help farmers in the Sunshine State.

“Florida agricultural commodities are exported to more than 130 nations and 50 have agriculture-related imports of more than $10 million annually,” said Putnam. “The free-trade agreements will allow us to continue to focus on promoting Fresh From Florida commodities around the globe.”

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Dark horse Republican presidential hopeful Fred Karger, a veteran political operative and activist, sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, and Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning on the Sunshine State’s early primary date. 

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Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, now running in a crowded Republican primary to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012, called on the incumbent to reject comments by Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., that private-sector jobs were doing fine but public-sector jobs were in bad shape.

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Sunshine State News is hitting the radio airwaves on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. I will be on the Ed Dean radio show, which is hosted by one of the most feisty, informative and entertaining conservatives in Florida. It can be heard online here and on two stations in South Florida -- 89.3 on the west coast and 90.3 on the Atlantic coast.

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A day after Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam became the first state Cabinet officer to back a presidential candidate, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts unveiled the endorsement of Florida CFO Jeff Atwater on Wednesday.

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An NBC/Marist poll released on Wednesday morning found businessman Herman Cain leading former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts in South Carolina, the first state in the South to hold a presidential primary. Cain took 30 percent in the poll with Romney in a close second with 26 percent. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas was a distant third at 9 percent followed by former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 6 percent and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas who was tied with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with 5 percent each.
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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich released a Web video on Tuesday that focuses on his experience and the nation’s economic record during his tenure in charge of Congress. The ad contains a number of clips from various debates with the other Republican presidential candidates which have been some of Gingrich’s finest moments of the campaign. The ad follows the same playbook Gingrich has used in those debates. Instead of firing away at the other GOP hopefuls, Gingrich takes aim at President Barack Obama and the mainstream media.

 

 

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