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Haridopolos fears a Dole '96 re-do; sitting on $2 million from Senate run



Florida Senate President Mike Haridpolos dropped by the P5 media room and we asked if he's settled on candidate. No, he said. But he's worried the campaign could be too focused on Barack Obama.

"I’m looking for the people who are going to push the party of better ideas," he said. "I’ve heard all the anti-Obama rhetoric and the back and forth. Yeah, ok, I don’t want to see a re-do of the Dole ’96 campaign. I want to see a candidate who is inspirational, a Ronald Reagan type model."

Haridpolos, who dropped out of the U.S. Senate race, said he's still sitting on a huge campaign account and flatly declared, "I'm going to keep it." He had to return the general election money but said most people have told them he should keep the primary cash, about $2 million.

So he's interested in running for Congress or the Senate in the future. "I think there will be some opportunities. .. I'm very interested in the future, but I will only have a future if I continue to perform well."

He acknowledged the buzz that he could run for Rep. Bill Posey's seat, should his friend retire, but demurred. "A lot of people have talked about a lot of things."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 22, 2011 7:05pm]


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