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Florida runs TV ads to convince Obama administration to give it money for high speed rail

A campaign to convince the Obama administration to give Florida some high speed rail dollars will include a cable TV ad that asks Floridians to text the word "jobs" -- and get a message for the president and the White House phone number.

The ad will begin running today in Central Florida. Internet ads with the same message will begin running statewide on social networking sites starting tomorrow. 

Said former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik: "We are asking Floridians to take two minutes of their time to call the White House and ask the president to fully fund Florida high-speed rail.  Those two minutes could lead to 23,000 jobs and a new basis for prosperity for Florida."

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson -- who will appear at a rally today promoting the push -- said "It might be good for the administration to hear from a lot of folks in Florida - folks who need the jobs and are tired of the congestion on our roads."