U.S. Senate Candidates Scrum at Presidency 5

ORLANDO (2011-9-23) -

The four major Republican candidates for U.S. Senate squared off today at the Presidency 5 event in Orlando. They mainly stuck to a conservative theme, in keeping with the poltical currents of the Presidency 5 weekend.

Several thousand Republican faithful crowded into the Orange County Convention Center to hear the main presidential candidates, as well as the four men who want to unseat Democrat Bill Nelson as Florida’s U.S. Senator.

Since the forum was sponsored by the Conservative Political Action Committee, much of their collective speeches focused on a theme of creating jobs by shrinking government, balancing the budget and “standing up for conservative principles.” One thing they all agreed on:

"For the good of America, and the good of Florida, Bill Nelson must go."

That was George LeMieux, who was appointed to the Senate by former Governor Charlie Crist when Mel Martinez left before the end of his term. The other aspirants include former South Florida state representative Adam Hasner, Mike McCallister, a retired Army colonel, and former Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse executive Craig Miller.

In the straw poll of about 1,500 particpants, 34 percent voted for Adam Hasner; 30 percent for Mike McAlister; 24 percent for George LeMieux; and 11 percent for Craig Miller.

There was one interesting caveat: fully 21 percent of the straw poll participants disapprove of the Republican members of Congress - as well as the Democrats.

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