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LeMieux on Mack: 'If he is the nominee, we will lose'

George LeMieux was just on MSNBC"s Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd and was asked to defend his hard-hitting attacks on GOP Senate primary rival Connie Mack.

He did, of course, calling Mack unqualified and repeating questions about his residency in Florida. "He is trying to run a campaign where people will mistake him for his father," LeMieux said. "If he is the nominee, we will lose."

Todd showed Mack's new web ad that closes with a shot of LeMieux talking into Charlie Crist's ear. But LeMieux denied his ties to the former governor were a problem as he campaigns, noting he's won straw polls over Mack. LeMieux dodged a question about the questions Crist raised about Marco Rubio's finances during the 2010 Senate campaign.

"I haven't thought about that, to be honest with you, Chuck," he said. LeMieux, however, was well versed in the campaign tactics and himself raised questions about Rubio. He said today that he abandoned Crist when Crist left the GOP. "We've taken different paths."

[Last modified: Friday, May 18, 2012 1:43pm]


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