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McCollum channels McCain, Joe the Plumber

Bill McCollum, the Republican frontrunner for governor, sounded kind of like Republican presidential nominee John McCain in his "Joe the plumber'' days.

"Socialism failed in Europe and socialism will fail here,'' he told the Miami-Dade Republican Party tonight. "We believe in individual liberty, in opportunity, in free market, and growth. We believe in growing wealth, not resdistributing it."

McCollum awkwardly tried to sound bi-partisan and inclusive while defending the Republican party's basic philosophy.

"We'll invite everybody to participate in governing this state,'' he said. "We do not have all the best ideas sitting in this room tonight. Somebody else may have some great ideas. We've got to find those common grounds, but we will do it with our principles, from our vantage point, because we know that the way that we believe, and the way that we understand how the world works is the right way, the way forward, the way up, what I call a new way up for Florida."