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Four potential GOP presidential candidates coming to private powwow here

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 by George Bennett

Four potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — will be in Manalapan for the conservative Club For Growth’s private annual winter meeting Thursday through Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who recently ruled out a 2012 run, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and more than a dozen other congressional Republicans will also be on hand.

The event is closed to the media.

Day three on Scott’s bus tour: pancakes, puppies, caladiums and crooks

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 by Dara Kam

A Rick Scott supporter in Okeechobee

Day three on Rick Scott’s week-long sweep through Florida took the candidate and his entourage to Okeechobee, Lake Placid, Daytona Beach and Lakeland. Scott ended the night with some last-minute check-gathering in Miami before fundraising closes on Friday.

At Scott’s first stop at a pancake breakfast in Okeechobee, a state worker who wouldn’t give her name asked the Republican about his plans to shrink state government.

She’s concerned about who’s going to get downsized – managers or worker bees like herself.

Scott gave her his standard line about running government more like a business, which assured the Okeechobee resident enough to say she was leaning toward voting for him.

“You know you’re getting a crook. He’s not lying about it. He’s admitted it. So you know what you’re getting,” she said, referring to the $1.7 billion in fines Scott’s company Columbia/HCA paid to the federal government shortly after he was forced out as CEO.

Later in the day, Scott visited Lake Placid, the caladium capital of the world.

Scott visited his campaign HQ in Daytona Beach and the Republican headquarters in Lakeland where he was joined by possible 2012 presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota.

As he has throughout the tour so far, Scott urged the party faithful to get themselves and their friends to the polls and vote.

Rick Scott and U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S. Dak.

Early voting, which ends this weekend, heightens the significance of the meet-and-greets, campaign advisor Chad Colby said, because voters can cast their ballots immediately after visiting with the candidates.

“It’s what you have to do that last week to really get your message out and really drive people to the polls,” Colby said on a private jet between Lake Placid and Daytona Beach.

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