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Lopez-Cantera postpones Florida tour for Israel trip



Carlos Lopez-Cantera is headed to Israel.

The lieutenant governor's campaign for U.S. Senate has delayed a statewide tour -- originally set to begin Monday -- so he can go on the trip, spokeswoman Courtney Alexander said. She could not confirm further details of the trip because of safety concerns.

As a result, the Florida First Tour has been postponed to April 19.

"The lieutenant governor will continue, as he has since the beginning of his campaign, to hold roundtables with Floridians to find common-sense solutions to fix the mess that is Washington, D.C.," Alexander said in a statement. "The tour will highlight job creation, economic opportunity, education and ensuring our veterans are taken care of."

Congressman David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, also a Senate candidate, returned from Israel last week, where he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called for increased military support to the country.

"Let's be clear - if Israel's security is breached, our own U.S. national security is immediately compromised, our U.S. interests around the globe are at risk, and our very homeland, the continental United States, is immediately threatened by a new state-funded international terror coalition like we have never before seen," he said in a statement then.

Lopez-Cantera is not the only Senate hopeful planning a tour. Congressman Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, on Monday kicked off a series of events he's called the "Defeat the Jihad Tour."

Lopez-Cantera, DeSantis and Jolly are running against Orlando defense contractor Todd Wilcox and Bradenton homebuilder Carlos Beruff to replace Marco Rubio in the Senate.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 12:01pm]


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