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Martinez stands by Crist on early voting



Sen. Mel Martinez said he agrees with Gov. Charlie Crist's executive order to extend early voting hours and knocked down talk that it hurts Republicans.


"If we're not good enough to get people to the polls and if we've got to rely on inconvenience of voters, that's no way to win an election," he said while flying from Tampa to West Palm with John McCain. "It's democracy at work. We want people to vote. We just have to get our people there, too."

Martinez said McCain is strong in Florida and alluded to Barack Obama's struggles late in the Democratic primary. "If Lehman and AIG had not happened," Martinez said, "we would still be up seven."

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:42pm]


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