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Mel's mum on early primary



Sen. Mel Martinez, a few weeks away from becoming Republican National Committee Chairman, acknowledged he's evading questions about Florida GOP leaders pushing for an early presidential primary. Both national parties are strongly discouraging early primaries, and Martinez may soon have to balance the desires of his state GOP with the national party he leads.

"From a national perspective I think there's going to be a good deal of reticence,'' Martinez said, while walking through the governor's mansion.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:24pm]


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