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U.S. Senate hopeful Ron DeSantis back in Tampa to speak to veterans group

Ron DeSantis

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Ron DeSantis

U.S. Senate hopeful Ron DeSantis is back in Tampa on Friday, aiming to build up support within the region's military and veterans community.

Last month, DeSantis was near Tampa International Airport outlining his foreign policy vision. Tonight, he speaks to a veterans groups that has been highly critical to President Barack Obama's policies and has ties to the Koch brothers. The Concerned Veterans for America said the event at the Cuban Club in Ybor City is not a campaign event for DeSantis, but instead a town hall meeting to discuss "critical issues facing Florida veterans, military families and -- by extension -- all Americans."

DeSantis is a lawyer who served with the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Navy and was a legal advisor to Navy SEAL teams in Iraq,

DeSantis, 37, lives in northeast Florida in Ponte Vedra Beach, but grew up in Dunedin.

Concerned Veterans for American is classified as a non-partisan, non-profit group, but has been flagged by groups like SourceWatch for having ties to the politically active Koch Brothers.

DeSantis is one of 5 Republicans in the Aug. 30 primary aiming to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in Washington. Besides DeSantis, U.S. Rep. David Jolly, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, real estate developer Carlos Beruff and Army veteran Todd Wilcox are fighting for the seat.

Tonights event with DeSantis starts at 7 p.m. at the Cuban Club, 2010 North Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa.

[Last modified: Friday, May 20, 2016 8:38am]

    

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