Accompanied by outgoing Sen. Mel Martinez, incoming Sen. George LeMieux made his way to a Senate Republican luncheon, stopping to offer praise to Martinez -- and deflect a number of political questions. Though Martinez today warned his fellow Republicans in Tallahassee against embracing plans to open Florida's coast to oil drilling, LeMieux sidestepped the issue.
"I think we'll leave that to the Florida Legislature," he said. "I got a lot to tackle up here in Washington."
LeMieux said he and his wife plan to watch President Barack Obama's speech on health care reform tonight from the House gallery. But he's uncommitted as to what should be done.
"It's not even my first day yet so I'm going to listen and learn," he said. "I want to listen to everyone who has an idea about this. We obviously need to have more affordable health care, we also need to have more access to health care, we just have to do it the right way."