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Florida GOP voters want the shining city on the hill, not just mud slinging

For three days last week Republican activists in Orlando heard an unrelenting stream of taunts, slams and jokes against President Barack Obama, a feast served by the candidates who want to replace him.

Raucous cheers followed. But some left Presidency 5 wondering if it was too much of a good thing.

“I don’t like the Obama-bashing,” said Judy Gordon, a Tampa retiree. “I can figure that out for myself. I want to hear what people are going to do. People want answers and they want solutions.”

The sentiment was driven home by Herman Cain’s shocking straw poll victory over front-runners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. Delegates said they were drawn to Cain’s “9-9-9” tax reform plan and his call to overhaul Social Security by using a model from Chile.

Most of all, people were drawn to his enthusiasm. While his rivals slung mud, Cain inspired with a booming voice and a preacher’s cadences, implicitly offering to lift people up in a down economy.

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