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How About Winning Florida First?



Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rod Smith gets a bit fiery when he gets going in a speech, speaking fast and raising his voice in preacher-like tones. While closing up a support rally in Cocoa Wednesday afternoon, his mouth got away from him. And the crowd loved it.

"If you let me be the nominee, I'll beat the Republicans. I beat them when I ran for state attorney, I took back a Republican seat. When I ran for the Senate, I took back a Republican seat. And I'm going to take back the White House."

Smith realized what he said immediately, and corrected himself, but earned an ovation from a roaring crowd. He says he has no current aspirations higher than governor.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:08pm]


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