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Mack announces week-long 'Freedom' bus tour

Republican Connie Mack announced Thursday he will launch a week-long "Freedom Tour" in which he takes a bide-your-time trip through the rural reaches of the state, in old-fashioned retail style.

The tour kicks off Saturday in Gainesville, in time for some tailgating at the UF v. Kentucky kickoff at noon. It continues to Tallahassee that night, where he'll make it to tailgating parties for FSU's rivalry with Clemson, which starts at 8 p.m.

The bus will continue through North and Central Florida most of the week, where polls show Mack performs strongest against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. It ends in Pensacola on Thursday.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Gators for Mack Tailgate
10:30 AM EDT
Fiorentino Tailgate Area, Gainesville, FL

The Dixie Grill
4:00 PM EDT
101 Dowling Avenue, Live Oak, FL

Students for Mack Tailgate
6:30 PM EDT
Lot 6, Tallahassee, FL

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lake City, FL

Macclenny, FL

Jacksonville, FL

Monday, September 24, 2012

Jacksonville, FL

Daytona, FL

Melbourne, FL

Orlando, FL

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Orlando, FL

Lakeland, FL

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tampa, FL

Ocala, FL

Bell, FL

Panama City, FL

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Panama City, FL

Destin, FL

Pensacola, FL