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Incoming Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, formally endorsed Gov. Rick Perry of Texas for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday.

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On Tuesday, former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, now part of a crowded field of Republican candidates looking to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, announced that he had the support of former Florida House Speaker Larry Cretul. Cretul, who served as speaker while Hasner was majority leader, will be a co-chairman of the Hasner campaign.

Cretul praised his former House colleague in his endorsement.

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Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, now in a crowded Republican primary looking to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012, took aim at President Barack Obama’s appointment of  Alan Krueger to lead the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
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The Republican candidates looking to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012 continue to spar over who is the real conservative in the race.

The latest attack comes from the team behind former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux and they are taking aim at former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner for a mailing in 2004 which included a clip from a newspaper praising him for  “moderate leanings.”
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Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is heading back home to the Keystone State, the first time he has returned to his base since his fourth place finish in the Iowa straw poll held in Ames earlier in the month.

The Santorum camp has insisted their fundraising has picked up after Ames and there is more interest in Pennsylvania in the campaign. Santorum will be in Old Forge on Monday before heading to Harrisburg and Centre Hall on Tuesday.

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Is Newt Gingrich making a comeback in the Republican presidential race?

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With U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the South Florida congresswoman who serves as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, appearing at the South Florida Summit for Israel on Sunday night, an old foe took aim at her -- Karen Harrington, the restaurant owner who was the Republican nominee against her in 2010 and who hopes to take her on again in 2012.

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With Rick Perry leading in Iowa and Mitt Romney in control in New Hampshire, the tie breaker could be South Carolina. When Iowa and New Hampshire Republicans differ from each other in presidential contests (1988, 1996, 2000, 2008), South Carolina always picks whoever goes on to win the GOP nod.

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Carlos Sierra is mad about the fact that his boss, former Gov. Buddy Roemer of Louisiana, is being left out of the debates among the Republican presidential candidates.

Sierra, Roemer’s campaign manager, sent out an e-mail on Thursday, and -- much like Tom Harkin and Fred Harris did when they ran for the Democratic presidential nominations -- used a rather vulgar term for cow droppings.

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