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After honeymooning in Paris, David Jolly vows that “terror will never win”

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Pinellas County Representative and GOP Senate candidate David Jolly got married last summer to Laura Donohoe, but because Congress was still in session at the time, the couple delayed their honeymoon plans until late November, when there would be a weeklong Thanksgiving congressional break. Their plans were to celebrate their nuptials in the Paris, the City of Lights. Then the terrorist attacks occurred there on Friday, November 13, just hours after Jolly spoke to hundreds of Republicans at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando. “We…

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With successful Sunshine Summit, Blaise Ingoglia makes critics eat crow

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So much for Blaise’s Blunder… After a few hiccups and a barrage of negative attention from Florida’s political media, namely the Tampa Bay Times’Adam Smith and, to a lesser extent, Politico Florida’s Marc Caputo, the Florida GOP’s Sunshine Summit was a smashing success. Fourteen presidential candidates and four U.S. Senate candidates spoke to more than 2,500 attendees. Three hundred and fifty press credentials were granted, although the RPOF did itself no favors by limiting access to Thursday night’s Statesman’s Dinner. CPSAN even offered wall-to-wall coverage.…

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Bobby Jindal talks radical Islam, immigration at #SunshineSummit

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took a scattershot approach in his Sunshine Summit speech Saturday, bouncing between political correctness, immigration and national security. He first chided fellow candidate Donald Trump, however, for equating Ben Carson‘s childhood “pathological temper” to a child molester in comments to CNN. Saying it was an “insane comment,” Jindal told the crowd, “I’m for all an exchange of ideas, (but) folks, there is a line we should not cross.” He also called out college students at the University of Missouri for recent protests,…

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Rick Santorum tells #SunshineSummit U.S. is verging ‘on global war’

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Hours after the terrorist attacks in Paris, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told a Sunshine Summit crowd on Saturday that the U.S. was “on the verge of a global war.” “The world is on fire,” he said. “You’re going to be electing a wartime president … We better elect someone with experience, (not) someone who isn’t ready.” Santorum, a former U.S. senator for Pennsylvania, served on the Armed Services committee, supported the Iraq War and backed Iranian sanctions. He blamed the…

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Ron DeSantis talks tough on terrorism in Orlando speech

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If the race for the Republican nomination for Senate in Florida next year comes down to who’s the toughest on Islamic terrorism, it could come down to a Todd Wilcox vs. Ron DeSantis contest. Both have extensive and impressive military backgrounds, but DeSantis actually has been elected — twice now, as a Congressman representing the 6th District in East Central Florida. A member of the very conservative House Freedom Caucus, DeSantis began his speech at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit…

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No longer a given that Florida will support Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush

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It’s no longer a safe assumption that one of Florida’s two most popular Republicans will carry the presidential primary in their home state, as most of the GOP candidates turned their attention Friday to the state’s winner-take-all primary. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush no longer lead the polls in Florida, where Republicans are gravitating toward outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson. And party activists showed as much, if not more, enthusiasm for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz than…

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Paris attacks: What would ‘President’ Ben Carson do?

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told reporters if he had been president during the Paris terror attacks he’d offer support and seek a coalition to counter the Islamic State. He spoke after an appearance at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando Friday. But he said currently there’s no leadership in America to give our allies confidence we’d follow through toward a military response – suggesting Democratic President Barack Obama isn’t up to the task. Dozens were killed late Friday and early Saturday in shootings and explosions…

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