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Tea Party Express, Governor Rick Scott Stop in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida is playing a big role in the GOP Presidential race and the Tea Party Express along with Florida Governor Rick Scott stopped in Jacksonville today.

The rally, which hundreds attended at the Zamar Conference Center off Jacksonville's Southside, was just days ahead of the Republican debate which will be cohosted by the Tea Party in Tampa on Monday.

Smaller government, less taxes, and more jobs was the theme of today's event.  

"The tea party believes in fiscal responsibility, following the constitution, the balanced budget, watching how we spend our money and that's the same things I believe in," said Governor Rick Scott.

The big political showdown starts with a debate on Monday in Tampa and ends with an early primary in 2012 that arguably could wrap up the GOP nomination.

"It's the biggest issue we have in our state, the biggest issue in the country and the world," Scott said. "The candidate that's going to win - whoever is going to be the next president - is going to be the candidate who has the proper blueprint for job creation."

All eyes will be on front-runner Texas Governor Rick Perry and his chief rival Mitt Romney, according to the latest poll numbers, which could change with the GOP straw poll on Monday.

"We absolutely are looking forward to it," said Bill Douglas, a Jacksonville Beach resident that attended the rally.

"I'm a little biased because I like rick perry," Danny Norton, another attendee said.

Analysts also say Michelle Bachman will need to prove she's still got momentum. "I like Michelle bachman a lot," Douglas said.

Governor Scott said he's looking forward to the debate as well. "I want them to put out their plan and we'll all get to participate in voting for them," he added.

All political differences aside, one thing everyone focused on today was remembering those of 9/11, the day before the 10-year anniversary.

"I had friends and families that lost lives. We lost almost 3,000 people that day and we've lost a lot of lives since," Scott said.

The Governor said he'll be participating in the Wounded Warrior 8K run tomorrow here in Jacksonville to commemorate 9/11.


























































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