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Candidates hit the trail in North Florida


At the Brokaw-McDougall House in Tallahassee early this morning, Republican candidates served partisan (red meat) speeches for breakfast at the kick off for the whistle stop tour through North Florida.

Holly Benson, an attorney general candidate (pictured), took on President Barack Obama, calling his pledge for universal health care a "bribe" and pledged to continue the state's lawsuit against the new federal law. Bill Escoffery, a fringe conservative candidate for U.S. Senate, said he couldn't talk about Obama "because if I spoke my heart, it would be bad for the Republican party."

The campaigns travel next to Monticello, Madison, Jasper, Lake City, Lake Butler and finish in Starke this evening. To get a glimpse of what it's like, read this account looking at Adam Putnam and Rick Scott from the recent whistle stop trip through the Panhandle.