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Mitt Romney reels in more Florida endorsements



On the second day of a two-day Florida swing, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hit the fried chicken circuit, listened to the concerns of small business owners and landed a few more endorsements Wednesday.

The former Massachusetts governor was in Tallahassee -- rarely a place hospitable to Republicans -- and worked the lunch crowd at Seminole Wind, a restaurant known for its Southern-style buffet and Christian-themed decor. As Romney worked tables and sampled the home cooking, he could have been retail politicking in New Hampshire, but for the fried okra and the sweet tea.

"I don't want to cause indigestion, but I do want to say that I think it's time for us to get a new president of the United States," Romney said, launching into a pro-business speech that blasted President Barack Obama for driving American jobs overseas. 

Later Romney met with Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi, both of whom have said they have no plans to endorse a candidate for president. The next three speakers of the Florida House (Reps. Will Weatherford, Chris Dorworth and Richard Corcoran) also climbed aboard the Romney bandwagon Wednesday. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 5:40pm]


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