Curt Clawson renews Three-Point Challenge to Obama

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In his acceptance speech for the GOP nomination in Florida’s 19th Congressional District, Curt Clawson renewed his “Three-Point Challenge” to President Barack Obama.

On Tuesday, Clawson won the special primary to replace disgraced U.S. Rep. Trey Radel with 38 percent  of the nearly 70,000 votes cast, beating Florida Senate Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, who came in second with 26 percent. Former state Rep. Paige Kreegel took 25 percent.

Clawson introduced the challenge in his first campaign ad, which ran during February’s Super Bowl.

In that ad, Clawson, the former captain of the 1984 Perdue college men’s basketball team, called out fellow basketball player Obama for “missing a lot of shots lately.”

“Three-Point Challenge” has received nearly 111,000 YouTube views so far, and garnered national media attention from USA Today, Politico, The Hill, as well creating buzz on both Twitter and Facebook.

“It’s time to man up and accept the Three-Point Challenge,” Clawson says on Tuesday’s acceptance video. “My house or yours?”

Clawson next faces Democrat April Freeman and Libertarian Ray Netherwood in the special general election June 24.

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